Wednesday, July 16, 2014

TI4 Group Stages Round Up

Fastest Matches of TI4 Group Stages

The most notable change in meta has been the appearance of a surprising fast push strat from China. Vici Gaming, Newbee and even DK executed this several times, creating surprising wins in under 15 minutes.

DK takes Cloud 9's rax in 11 minutes 
Lumi during the draft: "DK right now have too much raw health especially with the regen that Dazzle and Witch Doctor bring, if Cloud 9 don't pick the highest damage hero in the entire game, they don't have what it takes to pierce through it."

Cloud 9 immediately picks Storm Spirit /facepalm/ leading to the fastest loss in the tournament, ending at 11 minutes.

The problem was that Cloud 9 allowed a Lycan pick through for DK and then spent their entire draft picking anti-Lycan heroes without actually thinking of how they were going to deal with the healers that came in the last 3 picks.

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ps: if 11 minutes isn't short enough, here's an entertaining 3 minute summary.

Newbee takes Titan's rax in 12 minutes

Newbee take a level 1 Rosh which gives them an unstoppable advantage in the laning phase. Titan with their late game Naga pick simply never have time to recover: they lose all their rax by 18 minutes, the fastest in the tournament.

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Vici Gaming take Alliance's rax in 14 minutes

Alliance go for a level 1 Roshan - they get the kill and and the Aegis, but get teamwiped by Vici Gaming who manage to scout it out. Both teams start even on gold and experience and remain on par for the the first 7-8 minutes.

Vici Gaming manage to dive the Tier 3 tower 10 minutes into the game to score 3 kills inside Alliance's base, even though the Tier 2 tower is still standing. They even make it out without taking any casualties or even much damage at all, they just heal up and keep pushing. Such an impressive team: not afraid to dive, very precise teamfights, and are careful not to overextend.

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Vici Gaming takes DK's rax in 14 minutes
Tobi as Vici take the T2 tower: "Vici can't go high ground now."

Vici Gaming immediately go high ground and take rax.

Good example of why gold and experience graphs don't tell the full story - both teams had 0 kills, and were relatively even on gold and experience. Yet Vici Gaming were able to fight into the base even through Dk's Chronosphere, and come out of that with 5 kills to no deaths and taking the rax. Their timing push had the 3 critical items they needed - Radiance on the Lone Druid, Mek on the Viper, and Blink on the Tidehunter.

This game is also notable because Vici Gaming's support SD was only level 5 at the end of the game.