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Na'Vi thrive in the lower bracket; Eliminate Newbee from DreamLeague Season 8

Posted by Cristy "Pandoradota2" Ramadani at 02 December 2017 16:45

Another round of eliminations at DreamLeague Season 8 saw Na'Vi eliminate Newbee in a hype third game.

Adrenaline was running high as both Na'Vi and Newbee were on the brink of elimination during the second day of the event. Since DreamLEagues Season 8 is a Major there was an extraordinary amount of TI8 qualifying points at stake. Newbee had just taken the championship title at Perfect World Masters and the taste of victory was still sweet on their tongue. Na'Vi's revitalized roster and recent success left them hungry for something substantial to sink their teeth into.

Keeping everyone on the edges of their seats, a full three game series culminated into a thrilling last match before Na'Vi could take the series victory and claim some TI8 qualifying points.

Game One

vs
Newbee lineup

The Radiant

Faith Bane Bane
KAKA Sand King Sand King
kpii Batrider Batrider
Sccc Mirana Mirana
Moogy Phantom Lancer Phantom Lancer
Bans:
Enchantress Shadow Shaman Night Stalker Shadow Fiend Morphling Chaos Knight
Natus Vincere lineup

The Dire

Witch Doctor Witch Doctor SoNNeikO
Clockwerk Clockwerk GeneRaL-qw
Viper Viper Dendi
Nyx Assassin Nyx Assassin RodjER
Slark Slark Crystallize
Bans:
Ogre Magi Omniknight Razor Queen of Pain Medusa Monkey King

Newbee got off to a good start but Na'Vi weren't far behind, keeping the Chinese team on their toes and keeping things neck and neck. A good attempt to seize control of the game was only quickly lived by Na'Vi as Newbee continued to push the Ukrainian team to the edge and keeping them locked down. It seemed that Na'Vi didn't really have an answer or way to repel Newbee from their base and with relative ease, the Chinese team claimed the first victory.

Game Two

vs
Newbee lineup

The Dire

Faith Ogre Magi Ogre Magi
kpii Venomancer Venomancer
KAKA Earth Spirit Earth Spirit
Moogy Bloodseeker Bloodseeker
Sccc Storm Spirit Storm Spirit
Bans:
Enchantress Night Stalker Shadow Shaman Shadow Fiend Viper Puck
Natus Vincere lineup

The Radiant

Bane Bane SoNNeikO
Clockwerk Clockwerk RodjER
Legion Commander Legion Commander GeneRaL-qw
Terrorblade Terrorblade Crystallize
Zeus Zeus Dendi
Bans:
Omniknight Sand King Razor Queen of Pain Weaver Medusa

Na'Vi shook things up a bit with a strong showing in the second match. With too much team fight power and potential on the side of Na'Vi, Newbee started to fall apart and further behind. 26 minutes in, Na'Vi were already taking full bottom barracks and threw their weight around to remind Newbee a third game was most likely on the horizon. In an equally overwhelming victory, Na'Vi forced the deciding match.

Game Three

vs
Newbee lineup

The Radiant

Faith Ogre Magi Ogre Magi
Sccc Queen of Pain Queen of Pain
KAKA Earth Spirit Earth Spirit
kpii Tidehunter Tidehunter
Moogy Luna Luna
Bans:
Enchantress Puck Nyx Assassin Clockwerk Night Stalker Brewmaster
Natus Vincere lineup

The Dire

Bane Bane SoNNeikO
Shadow Fiend Shadow Fiend Dendi
Kunkka Kunkka RodjER
Vengeful Spirit Vengeful Spirit Crystallize
Underlord Underlord GeneRaL-qw
Bans:
Omniknight Sand King Razor Medusa Batrider Chaos Knight

Coming down to the wire, Na'Vi picked up a Kunkka. Starting out as a pure slugfest, the early game was nailbiting and too close for comfort for either team to really make a claim on the match. A huge engagement at Roshan around 20 minutes it was an entertaining highlight of the match, showing just how both teams were not willing to back down in the series and determined to gain any advantage. Fight after fight, things remained very even for the first 30 minutes with only approximately a 1k gold lead swinging back and forth. Suddenly, Na'Vi started to punch their way through to claim an advantage and the series.

Na'Vi will square off against Evil Geniuses in the Lower Bracket Round 3 following the Upper Bracket Finals between Team Secret and Team Liquid

Upper Bracket

Round 1

BO3
Virtus.Pro
2
Na`Vi
1
Liquid
2
Fnatic
0
Secret
2
EG
0
Newbee
2
Infamous
0

Round 2

BO3
Virtus.Pro
1
Liquid
2
Secret
2
Newbee
0

Round 3

BO3
Liquid
1
Secret
2

Lower Bracket

Round 1

BO3
Na`Vi
2
Fnatic
1
EG
2
Infamous
0

Round 2

BO3
Newbee
1
Na`Vi
2
Virtus.Pro
0
EG
2

Round 3

BO3
Na`Vi
0
EG
2

Round 4

BO3
Liquid
2
EG
0

Final

BO5
Secret
3
Liquid
0

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