The WESG 2018 Dota 2 Finals served as a spectacular prelude for the upcoming Dota 2 Major...
Mar 10, 2019
The WESG 2018 Dota 2 Finals served as a spectacular prelude for the upcoming Dota 2 Major, DreamLeague Season 11, as it featured all-nationality teams fighting it out in an Olympics-style tournament over a period of four days with $890,000 on the line. With so many matches to watch and sift through, it can be hard to keep up, or recap the entire thing. Luckily, we’re here to help. Below is a quick recap of all the events that transpired in the last day of the WESG 2018 Dota 2 Finals for all of your reading pleasure.
Keen Gaming vs Team Ukraine
The last day of the WESG 2018 Dota 2 finals kicked things off with a semifinal matchup between two of the tournament’s best teams – Team Ukraine and Keen Gaming. Both top seeds from their respective groups, expectations were high on how this game would be one of the most exciting throughout the entire tournament. Instead, however, what we saw was Keen Gaming
completely styling on Team Ukraine
as they advanced to the Grand Final. Keen Gaming
made things look easy with a Magnus + Phantom Assassin
combo in their first game. Although Team Ukraine
managed to hang in there for the early portions of the game, it didn’t take long for the game to break wide open as one botched team fight lead to another and eventually, Team Ukraine,
led by five-time Major winner Vladimir ‘No[o]ne’
Minenko, had no choice but to call GG in 25 minutes. Team Ukraine
responded with another late-game oriented draft with Anti-Mage
in Game 2. Unfortunately, it was all for naught. Ren ‘eLeVeN'
Yangwei was the standout performer of the game on his Night Stalker
as the opposition simply had no answer for him as he continued to rack up the body count for a total of 11 kills and just 1 death, leaving Team Ukraine
no choice but to concede just 26 minutes into the game.
TNC Predator vs White-Off
Whereas a lot of people expected Keen Gaming
vs Team Ukraine
to be tightly contested, most didn’t really put much weight into the matchup between TNC Predator and White-Off. White-Off
, who are composed of four out of five members of elite Dota 2
team in the world, Virtus.Pro
, were all but expected to win the tournament. TNC Predator
were just another team they had to dispatch on their way to defending their title. But what we saw was the complete opposite as TNC Predator
completely flipped the script on White-Off. TNC Predator’s
youngsters took charge of the series. In Game 1, it was Armel Paul ‘Armel'
Tabios on his Morphling,
who dominated his midlane matchup and proceeded to affect the other areas of the map en route to an easy win 25-minute win. Game 2 was a lot closer and more interesting, with White-Off
seemingly having learned their lesson and containing both of TNC Predator’s
young cores. Unfortunately, despite putting TNC Predator
on their back foot, they just could not close the game, and with TNC Predator
running a late-game oriented draft with Magnus
paired with two melee core heroes, White-Off
just could no longer keep up. Shadow Fiend
buying back after his Aegis of the Immortal
expired mid-fight sealed the deal for White-Off
as they proceeded to GG out just minutes later.
The Grand Finals
Arguably the two least likely teams people expected to make it all the way to the grand finals let alone be the ones fighting for the championship, TNC Predator’s
series against Keen Gaming
was disappointing, to say the least. In Game 1, they won all of their lanes decisively, allowing them to snowball to an easy win in 24 minutes. The following game, TNC Predator
completely out drafted their opponents as they left them without any answer to Naix.With the win, TNC Predator
became the only Dota 2
team to have won two WESG trophies in the tournament’s short history.