Green wall? more like green fence, jumped over it— Team Empire (@team_empire) 10 December 2017
ggs optic, amazing series
From a nail-biting Final series emerged the #ROGMASTERS 2017 #Dota2 Champions: @team_empire! It took two incredible comebacks to beat @OpTicGaming, but they managed to defeat the Green Wall 3-2. pic.twitter.com/6Dzg21flwc— ROG MASTERS (@ROGMasters) 10 December 2017
OpTic Gaming and Team Empire put on a great bo5 Grand Finals for viewers, a much closer affair than OG's 2-0 against TNC Predator at the MDL Macau Minor. Both Empire and Optic had a flawless run in the groups and aced their semi-finals to meet each other in the Grand Finals of the penultimate Pro Circuit Minor of 2017.
The first game had a dramatic ending as Empire pulled off double Shadow Shaman Serpent Wards to kill the Throne despite not having killed any of Optic's barracks. At the time of the push Empire had no towers or barracks but capitalised on a good team fight to push straight into OptiC's base, a far more direct approach than the sneaky one we saw Na'Vi's Akbar 'SoNNeikO' Butaev use at the DreamLeague Major.
In game 2 Quinn 'CCnC' Callahan's Medusa farmed like crazy and became a force to be reckoned with after just 34 minutes with a completed Sange and Yasha, Hurricane Pike, Butterfly and Linken's Sphere. With Solar Crest from Ludwig 'zai' Wåhlberg's Beastmaster to make Medusa harder to kill and Per Anders 'Pajkatt' Olsson L.'s Tiny to keep enemies at distance, CC&C was in a goodplace.
At 36 minutes OpTic pushed highground after a surprise kill on Ivan 'Vanskor' Skorokhod's Sand King, and Airat 'Silent' Gaziev's Sven just melted to the firepower of OpTic with 80 seconds down and no buyback. Rostislav 'fn' Lozovoi had done a great job on Outworld Devourer but without Sven he was powerless to stop opTic who had 4 stuns at their disposal and a very hard hitting Medusa. The game looked like it was going to go long but OpTic much like Empire in game 1, jumped at the right opportunity to kill off the game.
The third game ended at around the same mark as game 2 with once again a big push by OpTic onto highground after picking off Silent, this time with Death Prophet and Shadow Shaman. Empire were in the lead for the majority of the game, leading by 7K networth by 25 minutes but OpTic clawed their way back with some clutch hook into cogs by Ludwig 'zai' Wåhlberg on Clockwerk.
Fn who had done so well in Game 1 on Outworld Devourer started to fall off in game 2 as Mirana up against Gyrocopter's Flak Cannon and the Death Prophet's Exorcism. Patient by OpTic to hold on to turn the game around.
By game 4 however, Fn was back on top as Empire went for some classic right click heroes, Sniper for FN and Wraith King for Silent. Fn's damage output was ridiculous and OpTic paid the price for pushing too far after finally breaking the stale mate. The lifesteal from Fn's Mask of Madness along with the high damage from Mjollnir and MKB became a major issue for OpTic, especially when he made quick work of Zai's Legion Commander whenever he tried to Duel. OpTic caved to the right click damage of Empire to lead to a fifth and final game in the bo5.
In game 5 after a back and forth early game, OpTic started to amass quite a lead. Yaroslav 'Miposhka' Naidenov's Rubick, Andrey 'Ghostik' Kadyk's Bat Rider and Vanskor's Undying suffered a series of deaths to CC&C's Lina between the 15 to 25 minute mark which would give OpTic a huge advantage in the mid-game.
By 28 minues Optic were knocking on Empire's highground with CC&C's Lina and Pajkatt's Lifestealer topping the networth charts. Optic had lost just 1 tower at this point and were 20-9 ahead on kills. Empire managed to hold off Optic for the next 15 minutes but a crucial fight at 46 minutes would turned the tides and see the CIS team start to make their comeback, despite facing a Lina with 25 Bloodstone charges and a Double Damage Rune.
Empire team-wiped OpTic in the engagement even with Pajkatt carrying an Aegis, and the game which Optic had been in charge of for 20-25 minutes began to slip away from them. OpTic's main trouble was taking high ground and the fact the game dragged on played into the hand's of FN's Medusa. Empire had been on the ropes but after that fight came out swinging. It was a great finale to the series but much like in game 4 Team Empire tanked the pressure to ultimately close the game.
1. Team Empire - $117,500
2. OpTic Gaming - $58,800
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