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Na’Vi end their DreamLeague Season 8 Major run in the fourth place

Dota 2 Andreea “divushka” Esanu

Dota 2 fans were in for a real treat with the last matchup of day two at the DreamLeague Season 8 Major.

Two of the most iconic players from the competitive scene, Danil "Dendi" Ishutin and Clinton "Fear" Loomis clashed in an elimination Na’Vi vs Evil Geniuses series.

Game One

The first game of the series was a display of total domination from EG who won all their lanes and had Dendi’s Viper under control to ensure a smooth transition to the mid-game stage. At the same time, Na’Vi key hero for team fights, Brewmaster was also bullied in his lane by a hyper-aggressive Bane from Fear. Na’Vi’s only hope was in Vladislav "Crystallize" Krystanek’s Phantom Lancer but the “Old Man” had an exquisite performance and saved his team in key moments preventing Na’Vi to make a comeback.

It took EG a bit over 30 minutes to secure the mega creeps and the game one victory with a 20k gold advantage.

Game Two

After Fear delivered the big plays in game one, it was Dendi’s turn to shine in game two. His Zeus, assisted in the mid lane by Vladimir "RodjER" Nikogosyan on Undying, gave EG’s Syed Sumail "SumaiL" Hassan the worst time he probably had in an official game. Undying being one of the strongest counters to Timbersaw, and Dendi and Rodjer executing the combo perfectly, had Sumail sitting on zero last hits opposed to 15 of Dendi in the first minutes of the laning stage.

Na’Vi had a 5k gold lead close to the 15 minute mark and had already taken down all tier one towers and Roshan kill, however, a little bit too confident, they made a few poor decisions, wasted two smokes for nothing and were quickly punished by EG. Despite not having taken a  single tier one tower, EG were able to chase and take down Na’Vi’s Terrorblade up to the tier four towers and from there on, playing perfectly around Na’Vi expended ultimates, the boys in blue made a crushing comeback to stay alive in the DreamLeague Major.

With their victory over Na’Vi from day two, EG are now one step away from the Grand Finals. Tomorrow, 3rd of December at 10:30 CET EG will play vs Team Liquid in the lower bracket finals with the winner advancing to the grand finals which are scheduled for 15:30 CET.

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Discussion

  • Johny "Shaze" Shaze ,
    It seems to me like NaVi need some psychology consulting. From the games I've seen from them, they are doing well and suddenly they start to choke very hard and have no idea what to do in the game. Making one bad decision after another. Once something doesnt go to their plans, they stop trusting each other and instead of putting a teamfight, they just run 1 by 1 in to fight. It is very bad thing for teamspirit if you can't rely on your teammates to be there with you. In game 1, they were even with EG and definitely could have been fighting OR at least farming and split pushing with PL. They have early blink on Brew and SK and dont look to fight at all. Then they just crumble as Luna outfarms them easily. Game 2, big advantage leads to stupid double smoke and push top and that would still be OK if it stayed just there, but they simply start to choke, stop farming again, run around the map without doing anything and when fight breaks out, half fights, second half runs or everybody focuses different target. When you look at teams like Liquid or VP, even when they are losing a bit, their cores dont stop farming and try to splitpush, prolong the game and gain farm to have a chance in next fight. NaVi cant do that, they often dont pick fights when they should and can and when they do, they cant fight anymore.
  • Number 1 "clariska" of Number 99 ,
    Will this be the come back story of the year?Stay tuned and find out.^I kinda agree.But game 2 was a horrible start for EG if they kept than pressure up they would most prob have taken the game.EG adapted well after there horrible lose to TS.Navi didn't They played well to get to 4th place non the less.

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