The series went the full distance - the teams needed all five games to decide who'd win the tournament. Who would have thought that could happen after game one?
Tigers dominated Natus Vincere in every possible way. Whenever Na'Vi managed to kill one player, Tigers killed almost the entire team. That Meepo pick made the difference and gave the advantage to Tigers.
Natus Vincere didn't give up and picked Axe for Evgeniy 'Blizzy' Ree in game two to even the series up.
Tigers still felt confident after game two and didn't ban Axe for Na'Vi - a big mistake. The CIS team instantly picked the hero again to demonstrate another time why Axe should be a perma ban against Natus Vincere. The Ukrainian power house won game three and was on the edge to win the whole series.
A first phase ban against Axe in game four brought some action into the draft - Na'Vi needed a new strategy. However, Tigers was better prepared for the tactics of the Eastern European team and brought the tension back in the series.
The last game brought the decision which team will win the Minor and get a ticket for the Major in Malaysia. This time it was David 'Moonmeander' Tan with the perfect plays on Underlord to save his teammates more than once in critical team fights.
What a series! Tigers and Natus Vincere battled it to the end and Tigers are crowned as the champions of the first Major in this season.
Can they take this boost and surprise the favourites at the Major?
Photo credit: DreamHack - Jennika Ojala