Alliance gets autoseeded into the Finals since they were placed #1 in the group. LGD being placed #2 starts off from the semi final and Orange and DK being placed #3 and #4 plays a quarter final first.
Live Reports from Shanghai
Grand Final - Alliance vs LGD
(times in CEST)
[12:45] The Swedish national anthem was just played live at the venue and the celebrating have already begun. Congratulations, Alliance!
[12:04] Alliance pushes at the top lane, manages to find a few single pickoffs, Loda blinks behind the towers of LGD's base and crits down DD to death. LGD throws in the towel and Alliance claims the championship title.
[12:02] A big fight at the Rosh pit breaks out, but LGD are slightly too late and Roshan goes down just before it. Loda takes the Aegis and Xiao8 gets instantly rooted by Bulldog. Top of the cake is when Yao blinks in to use his Reverse Polarity but blinks straight into the Tether, gets stunned and loses the moment to use his ulti. LGD drops like flies.
[11:59] The lanes are too dangerous grounds for LGD right now, they stay inside their jungle to farm up abit before attempting a smoke gank on Loda bottom. But EGM is nearby, hides in the jungle, and with perfect timing relocates Loda to the top lane. LGD didn't even realize Wisp would eventually come back to be killed and just leave the area. Nothing LGD attempts works out, it seems.
[11:53] LGD starts to find a few trades but end up on the worse side of them, killing supports and losing core heroes aswell as the mid tier 1 tower.
[11:51] LGD rotates up all heroes to support Sylar in the lane vs Bulldog. However, Bulldog delivers some serious root gaming and gets a kill on Sylar before the rest of LGD can take down the Bulldog. And then the exact same trade happens a few minutes afterwards, but this time Wisp + PA relocated in to support for the kill on Gyro.
[11:46] S4 is completely outlaning Yao mid, having 40 last hits when Yao only has 20. Bulldog managed to survive a gank top toggling on his ulti form just as he gets stunned. All lanes are going Alliance's way currently. LGD are struggling.
[11:44] LGD goes for the offensive trilane but Alliance predicts this and sends Enchantress top to give Gyro a hard time. Druid gets farm and Gyro is getting nothing. LGD tries for the first blood on Wisp bottom, diving the tier 1 tower. They use both their lane stuns on him but he Tethers out, dodging the Illuminate. What's worse is that Xiao8 is now focused by the tower, Loda and EGM turn around, focus him and EGM gets the first blood in the 2vs3 lane.
[11:39] Interesting picks from both teams, Alliance doing their PA but without the usual Magnus Empower support. LGD have picked a massive clash potential whereas Alliance clash is sort of weak. Alliance will most likely look for single pick-offs and split pushes.
[11:33] Second game started, Alliance getting a familiar Alliance draft.
[11:08] Bashers are up on both the Bear and Lifestealer, Alliance going for their right click basher-heavy style as usual. LGD tries to intercept Alliance at the Rosh pit. As soon as LGD moves in to fight, s4 balls into the back line and picks out Bane while the Basher Duo just starts the beatdown. Five kills goes the way of Alliance, losing only EGM. They take Rosh and proceed to push down mid barracks. LGD stands clueless whats to do, fail to defend and call it quits. Alliance wins game 1.
[11:03] Alliance pressure the tier 2 tower, forcing LGD to respond. While some of LGD rotates up, Storm Spirit (infested by Lifestealer) jumps straight into Magnus outside his own base, silences him and kills him. Followed by the said tower getting destroyed aswell. The tower score is now 5-2 in favour of Alliance. LGD's game plan remains a mystery.
[10:59] Alliance hit their item timing with Armlet on both Bear and Lifestealer as well as a basher on the Bear. They take down tier 1 and tier 2 mid towers, LGD remains passive. Sylar finally takes down the tier 1 bot tower shortly after.
[10:56] Lone Druid leads the networth chart and Alliance takes down an uncontested Roshan. Aegis for s4.
[10:54] Alliance finds a pickoff on Sylar but then s4 overextends a bit midlane and gets lifted, gripped and killed. Alliance are ahead at this point of the game, both in exp and gold. Mid tower gets denied by Alliance.
[10:48] Both teams aims to farm up, no skirmishes going on. Yao finishes his Dagger but Alliance dodges team fights so Yao hasn't been able to Reverse Polarity clash anywhere yet.
[10:42] Alliance doing some good trades, s4 ganks bottom again but dies after the death of Brood due to Magnus teleportation. Xiao8 goes down top meanwhile and Loda takes the tower.
[10:39] Despite the situation mid, Yao managed to find the first blood on s4 mid. S4 immediately ganks Brood bot when he's alive.
[10:37] S4 is dominating Yao midlane, but Yao sniping some lucky runes, allowing him to stay in the lane and farm up. Loda is struggling top though in the tri vs tri scenario, not finding the farm he wants to.
[10:33] Draft done, Sylar is going to be play Broodmother, interesting for sure! Alliance have a pretty default Alliance pick.
[10:23] Game started! Betters of GGnet has 66% faith in Alliance, Dota2Lounge 62% and the joinDota community believes in Alliance as much as 83%.
[09:55] If you haven't checked out our G-1 coverage page yet, then now is a good time to do so. You can find articles, interviews, news, photos and VODs over there. You can also check out drafts for each game by clicking a game in one of the bracket / group boxes. >>G-1 Champion's League Coverage hub.
[09:38] The audience are getting really excited for the grand final between Alliance and LGD, the best of the west vs the best of the east.
[09:30] In case you haven't seen it yet, here's the interview we made with Akke:
Semi Final - LGD vs Orange
(times in CEST)
[09:25] Orange and LGD shaking hands after the match.
[09:19] A huge RP from Yao allowed LGD to take the final lane of rax at top which forces Orange to tap out. Congratulations to LGD for advancing to the finals!
[09:13] LGD are able to take a second lane of rax at bottom. In addition, LGD are able to escape mostly unscathed and also able to pick off Gyro as well.
[09:09] A badly-used Skewer from Yao allowed Orange to pick off three heroes from LGD thus Orange successfully defended their bottom rax.
[09:08] LGD is finally able to breach the high ground and take the middle melee rax without any resistance from Orange.
[09:01] All outer towers for Orange are taken down by LGD.
[08:57] Game two proceeds with a drop in action as both Radiant and Dire heroes farm up.
[08:47] LGD's five man are able to take out four of Orange allowing LGD to further increase their lead.
[08:46] Yao buys a blink dagger at min 18:40 despite having a horrendous start in the first few minutes.
[08:43] LGD continues to find kills around the map, bringing the score to 0:8 in favor or LGD. In addition, Kunkka also bought a gem along with his Shadowblade. However, Mushi's farm remains mainly uncontested.
[08:38] LGD adds two more kills to the scoreboard through Director 8's spectacular torrent and boat usage.
[08:35] The game continues passively with both cores of either teams farming decently. However, LGD leads the scoreboard with three kills.
[08:30] Luna and Jakiro managed to take first blood by picking off Clockwork at top lane.
[08:25] The draft between LGD and Orange concludes with LGD picking up Luna while Orange picks up the dreaded Phantom Lancer and Keeper Of the Light hero combo.
[08:16] The draft has started for the second game of LGD vs Orange with LGD picking up Kunkka as their third pick.
[08:11] There's currently birthday celebration going on at the venue, for Ky.xy and also for Akke's girlfriend, I believe. Orange are heading back to their booth for game 2.
[07:54] LGD takes bottom barracks. Orange calls gg after taking down another team fight on the top lane and losing their barracks.
[07:50] LGD continues to run down Orange and after killing off Invoker at the river. LGD takes down both the barracks on the mid lane.
[07:46] MASSIVE win for LGD at the Rosh pit as they were able to team wipe Orange before taking down the Rosh. The second Aegis is given to Spectre. Spectre now has Manta Style.
[07:39] Satanic is up on Gyrocopter.
[07:35] Orange kills Roshan and picks up the Aegis. The Aegis is given to Gyrocopter. Everybody goes back to farming
[07:32] LGD continues to take bad fights against Orange. This time, a misplaced teleport from the Night Stalker cost the death of himself, Dark Seer and the Visage.
[07:29] Orange bangs on LGD's tier-tower. Efforts to stop the push by LGD ends in a few of their supports falling. Sylar's Spectre also came to the fight and is not effectively farming. Mushi overtakes Spectre in net worth after the fight.
[07:28] Dark Seer buys Mekansm at 17 minutes game time.
[07:25] The Invoker pick isn't really as effective as Orange would like it to be. Their push on mid failed miserably after Night Stalker came charging into the fight.
[07:23] The first night ends. Night Stalker only got one kill on the first night against the Invoker.
[07:18] LGD initiated a smoke gank on the mid lane. Despite Jakiro missing his Ice Path, LGD got the First Blood on Shadow Demon anyway. A lot of heroes teleported mid but both dispersed quickly.
[07:12] Orange are running very creative lines. Invoker and Nyx Assassin on the safe lane and Gyro, Shadow Demon mid. Both of LGD solo are suffering. Yao's Dark Seer is out of mana in just one minute.
[07:08] Orange picks Invoker last pick. Wow. GAME ON!
[07:06] LGD drafted Night Stalker for the first time! Great game ahead guys!
[07:00] The draft has started for the first game of LGD vs Orange. LGD aren't kidding around, they pick up Spectre as their third hero.
[06:55] The semi final between LGD and Neolution.Orange will be starting soon.
Quarter Final - Orange vs DK
(times in CEST)
[06:28] After taking down the top barracks uncontested, Orange went on to clean up the rest of DK. DK will finish fourth in G-1 League. Orange will playing LGD.cn next.
[06:26] Orange just took the second Roshan. Final push incoming with Aegis on Gyrocopter.
[06:24] Orange attempted high ground on the top lane but DK is throwing everything they got to delay the game.
[06:22] DK just lost their barracks and Orange is now pulling away in very all aspects. Orange nearly killed Anti-Mage but Burning blinked towards the Dire base and teleported.
[06:19] Orange is going high ground. big battle breaking out
[06:16] Orange gets an uncontested Roshan while DK avoids fights in attempts to farm up BurNing and baiting out teleports from Orange, wasting their time.
[06:11] The three core heroes of Orange are currently all counting higher last hits than the three core heroes of DK. Ohaiyo (who's recently interviewed) lands some pro Shackle Shots, helping Orange winning a fight aswell as preventing Kunkka from getting the Coco buff out on his team. Lone Druid is getting heavy while BurNing remains underfarmed.
[06:06] Another solo kill is picked up top, showing the power of a 1vs1 Lone Druid while Orange gets a kill bottom aswell as Mushi killing off Super! mid with a Call Down under Super's own tower. The lanes go well right now for Orange on all fronts. DK bounces back with rOtk rotating mid to kill off Mushi though.
[06:03] Ky.xy finds himself a solo first blood top lane due to some Bulldog-style rooting. Shortly after DK attempts to kill Mushi mid but messes up their combo and Mushi lives with 30 hp.
[06:00] Orange using the offensive Windrunner-focused tri lane once again, in another attempt to shut down Burning since they know DK likes to play around Burning. Last time Super played Kunkka he had a huge mid game impact though, so Orange should try shut him down as well.
[05:45] The third game is starting. Lifestealer once again banned, DK first picks Shadow Demon.
[05:35] All group stage VODs except the one from Orange vs LGD are uploaded at our coverage page now. Click the link and then scroll down a bit, you'll find the VODs in the right column. The quarter final, game 3 starting soon.
[05.25] Orange taps out and DK manages to even out the best of three match.
[05.24] DK manages to break Orange high ground and takes the middle rax. Windrunner of Orange isn't achieveing much, and the hero effiency of Orange feels much lower than DK where Undying (a support) has a much higher impact.
[05.17] Great smoke gank from Orange allows Magnus to RP and pick off two heroes. However, a turnaround from DK caused Burning to get a triple kill on Orange. Subsequently Orange are forced to giveaway two tier-two towers to DK.
[05.16] Both teams continue to play passively where both Mushi and Burning farms further. The clutch play from Super! is giving DK the control they need on the map and in the fights.
[05.06] Lina, Magnus and Windrunner are picked off near Orange's tier one tower due to DK's smoke gank.
[05.04] Great play from DK allowed them to pick off five heroes from Orange despite being caught in a three-man Reverse Polarity, bouncing back into the clash and winning it massively.
[04.59] Pause ends and the games resumes. Both teams are currently farming up passively after some early trades, Orange trying out the aggressive trilane but it's tricky because DK's heroes are very efficient in that situation.
[04.47] Orange and DK finishes the draft with Crystal Maiden as DK's last pickup. The Game is ongoing now.
[04.44] We were told by G-1 organizers that DK was 90 seconds away from being penalized for a default loss because they arrived late. That's most likely why DK had no Reserve Time in the first game.
[04.42] ROTK continues to look frustrated at his team.
[04:35] Draft starting for game 2, lets see if DK can bounce back with something fresh or if Orange is the better prepared team.
[04:28] ROTK is shouting at his team for performing badly.
[04:25] "Xtinct" gets mentioned as the MVP of game 1, as often before when he's playing Chen.
[04:18] Great play by Orange, with great micro and crowd control from all of their players completely shuts down DK inside their own base, even with them using buy backs. DK calls the "good game" with the standings being 20-2.
[04:15] Orange is leading with over 15000 gold at this point.
[04:11] DK successfully defends, but Orange don't suffer any real cashulties and fall back to await the next Roshan before next push attempt.
[04:07] Great synergy between Chen, Nyx and Clock give Orange a lot of openings during this match. At minute 20 they are leading 10 to 1 and are already applying pressure to the tier3 bottom tower.
[04:04] The GosuBet slightly favours Orange for this game, same with joinDota's bet but the one at Dota 2 Lounge is leaning a bit over to the DK side. Meanwhile, Orange applies more pressure mid, taking down more heroes and more towers as well as Roshan.
[03:58] DK is getting the higher amount of farm aswell as the bottom tower, but Orange goes for a push top, taking down two heroes and two towers (one of them denied).
[03:53] Orange rotates all five heroes into mid to grab the first blood on Super! aswell as a kill on QQQ.
[03.46] Some issues for BTS, reconnected to the game.
[03.40] The game is starting now, draft is ongoing.
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