DH Summer 2015 Runner-up: Na`Vi
ASUS ROG DreamLeague Season 3, one of the biggest LAN tournaments of the first half of the summer and part of DreamHack Summer 2015, has ended. Our team has made a long way from the very first stage of the tournament. First they defeated Ninjas in Pyjamas and Burden United, thus entering the final stage of the event.
Yesterday Natus Vincere played 2 amazing matches against Alliance and Virtus.pro, winning both of them and going to the grand-finals. Unfortunately, today things didn't go Na`Vi's way. "The Bears" did some hard thinking about their mistakes and were ready to get even.
Grand-final was extremely intense and teams played the possible maximum of 5 games. Ceding 0:2 Natus Vincere attempted to snatch victory from Virtus.pro, but stopped 1 step away from succeeding and lost with the final score 2:3. The games turned out to be fascinating. In case you have missed them, we highly recommend you watch the replays.
Natus Vincere showed their ability to put up a fight in a very difficult situation and were almost able to achieve the impossible. However, Virtus.pro came first this time. And "Born to win" squad will go home with silver medals, which is also a decent result, considering that only 2 months ago no one would have believed in Na`Vi playing in the grand-finals of a big LAN-event as one of the favourites.
There's no need to worry. The International 2015 is coming soon and the opponents will be even stronger, which means that is is now time to have a little rest and start practicing.
Natus Vincere Virtus.pro
Leaping ahead, it is notable that Virtus.pro had a much better start. Perhaps, one reason for it was the pervious match against Ninjas in Pyjamas, where "the Bears" crushed their opponents 3:0.
"Born to win" were looking lost at the beginning. They decided to deviate from their usual playstyle they were showing yesterday. Their last pick for XBOCT was Anti-Mage. As we all know, this hero is unable to help his team much during the first 20 minutes ot even more. The choice wasn't clear to the spectators, as Virtus.pro had an abundance of control for XBOCT in a teamfight. In order for him to be able to fight, he needed at least Manta Style и Black King Bar, which he was trying to farm almost the entire game.
Virtus.pro went very aggressive with their line-up, attempting to end the game as early as possible. And they had all the preconditions for it: they've won 2 out of 3 lanes and earned a significant early game advantage. Not willing to prolong the game, they breached Na`Vi's highground at 22 minute mark.
In about a minute Na`Vi had a chance to turn the table a little bit, by killing 3 enemy heroes on the rune spot. Getting overly excited, they then went to chase God, who was once again on Bristleback. While chasing him, IllidanSTR managed to ressurrect and get back into the fight thanks to Boots of Travel. As a result, everyone except Dendi died on the side of Na`Vi. Because of his death, XBOCT lost a ton of money.
After that Virtus.pro played much more cautiously and didn't give Na`Vi another chance to comeback. On the 28th minute Rosh went down, and 3 minutes later the game was over.
GG WP. Virtus.pro opened the score.
The second game involved some experiments. Despite that, "Born to win" were still looking weaker that their opponents. Virtus.pro's plan for the game was executed by having Silencer, which didn't allow Natus Vincere to initiate properly. Constant hero trades were also working in VP's favor, since the same Silencer was gaining extra intelligence after each fight. God was also finding his space on the map.
With each minute "The Bears" advantage increased. Almost every fight was going their way. By the minute 30 the gap was so big that Virtus.pro were able to end the game with ease.
The score is now 2:0, and Natus Vincere and on the verge of giving the series away without a struggle.
On the third map Na`Vi had an opportunity to pick Broodmother. In the last couple of days Funn1k has shown his exceptional skill with the hero. Middle lane was given to Shadow Fiend. And having 2 farm-dependent heroes, XBOCT was forced to play Centaur Warrunner.
Unlike the other teams, Virtus.pro were ready for Broodmother. They did everything well against her, from decent picks to smart moves from supports. In the first 15 minutes Gleb died 5 times, showing the opponent's willingness to counter him. The other lanes were also dominated by "The Bears". DkPhobos on Clockwerk showed notable performance, scoring 5–0–8 in the same 15 minute period.
On the 20 minute the score was 19:3 in the favor of Virtus.pro. Most of the fans have turned off the broadcast by that time, giving up on Na`Vi. However, we know a unique feature of CIS teams: they can get together in the very last moment. And this is exactly what happened in this game. At the 22 minute mark Na`Vi managed to kill 4 enemy heroes and get a tower mid. After that Virtus.pro's advantage has suddenly vanished.
On and on, Natus Vincere began to snowball out of control. Fight after the fight, they were strengthening the advantage and taking down enemy towers. By the 31 minute Virtus.pro were 8 000 gold behind. They were left no chance to comeback. Even when they seemed to win a fight, SoNNeikO would go in with his Earthshaker and turn everything around.
42 minutes in, Virtus.pro admitted their loss and the score became 2:1.
The next match was quite similar to the previous one, only with Natus Vincere being ahead from the very beginning. Virtus.pro had a range combo of Drow Ranger + Visage, empowered by Shadow Fiend and Puck.
However, IllidanSTR had a hard time on the lane, dying every now and then. The other lanes were also under heavy pressure from the side of Na`Vi. Virtus.pro were getting weaker every second. They were unable do do anything with XBOCT on Lycan. By the way, he ended the game with the score 14–1–8.
And as you may have guessed, our team won the map. It took 36 minutes for Virtus.pro to "gg" out. With the score now 2:2 there was one last game to decide the winner.
In spite of all efforts to defend the base, "Born to win" were unable to stop the push. Virtus.pro won the fight and claimed their vitory, leaving Na`Vi with a silver medal.