Gigabyte Dota 2 Masters Grand Final Preview

Posted by Kai "Treble1999" Chua at 22 June 2012 21:19
After an intense few months of epic Asian Dota 2 action featuring all the top names in China like DK, EHOME, TongFu and notable names from Oceania and South East Asia, the first edition of Gigabyte Dota 2 Masters concludes tomorrow with Zenith taking on LGD with the winner walking off with a hefty $3000 paycheck.

The Grand Finals take on a different format, with teams play 3 Sets of Best of Three matches. LGD, having come from the upper bracket have a 1-0 lead in terms of sets. This means Zenith will have to win 2 Best of Three games in a row in order to claim the title whereas LGD will have to win just one BO3.

China - Singapore
China LGDSingapore Zenith

Gosu Ranking: #18

Road to Grand Finals:
China LGD > China EHOME
China LGD > China WE
China LGD > Malaysia Orange

China Liu 'Sylar / 1220' Jiajun
China Zhang 'xiao8' Ning (C)
China Yao 'Yao / XiaoD' Zhengzheng
Macau Leong 'DDC' Fat-meng
China Xie 'DD / Tia' Bin

Gosu Ranking: #3

Road to Grand Finals:
Singapore Zenith > China TongFu
Singapore Zenith < Malaysia Orange
Singapore Zenith > China iG
Singapore Zenith > China TongFu
Singapore Zenith > Malaysia Orange

Singapore Benedict 'Hyhy' Lim Han Yong
Sweden Jonathan 'Loda' Berg
Singapore Daryl 'iceiceice' Koh Pei Xiang
Singapore 'xy-' Toh Wai Hong
Singapore Nicholas 'xfreedom' Lim

China LGD

Perhaps still not the most active of teams in the Dota 2 scene at the moment, their appearances in major tournaments have been few and far between. However, every time they played, they showed why they were considered one of Asia's Best teams. Their record in Gigabyte Dota 2 Masters currently stands at 7 wins and 2 losses (to MUFC and Orange in the groupstages).

Since entering the playoffs however, their performances have been stellar. A 90 minute thriller against EHOME aside, they have brushed aside all of their opponents, 2-0 against WE and then Orange in fairly one-sided games. This would seem to be an easy game to call if the team they were facing were any other rather than Zenith. Can the Chinese put a finishing touch on an ever-growing resume and make their mark on the Dota 2 scene?

Singapore Zenith

The Singaporeans have grown from strength to strength ever since their reincarnation under the legendary tag Zenith. The tag however is just a banner for their ever-growing fanbase to unite under as they currently stand unsponsored, though not for a lack of offers. With the addition of Swedish superstar Jonathan 'Loda' Berg, together with ever-present Benedict 'Hyhy' Lim Han Yong and micro-expert iceiceice, the team on paper is a fearsome one, and their results speak for themselves.

Knocked into the lower bracket by Orange in the second round, the team bounced back by beating iG, then International East Qualifiers TongFu, before convincingly exacting revenge on Orange in a match played earlier today. To beat an equally esteemed LGD side will be no easy task, especially in two straight BO3s, but if anyone can do it, it is Zenith.

The match will of course be casted by GosuGamer's very own David "Godz" Parker who will be joined by David "TruimphofMan" Rutter at Beyond The Summit TV. As always, don't forget to place your Gosubets as the two teams fight for Asian Dota 2 Supremacy and the $3000 paycheck. Malaysia Orange will pocket $750 after their loss to Zenith in the Loser's Bracket Final.