Undying annihilate 4Zoomers 3-0 to secure the North American qualifier spot for TI10
After a year of back and forth for the third place in the NA Dota 2 scene, Undying had the last laugh as they qualified for TI10 at the cost of 4Zoomers.
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After a year of battling each other for the third place in North American Dota 2 after Evil Geniuses and Quincy Crew, Undying definitively proved that they deserve the third place spot, when they defeated 4Zoomers 3-0 in the grand finals of the NA TI10 qualifiers. Not only did Undying not drop a game in the grand finals, but they also managed to stay undefeated throughout the qualifiers, dropping no games. Now that, is quite a feat!
4Zoomers began the day with a series against bumble bEE’s, and similar to all the matchups that they won, dropped the first game. But the Zoomer’s kept their calm and played to their strengths in the next two games to win the series 2-1 and setup a clash in the grand finals against Undying.
Undying versus 4Zoomers has evolved into a healthy rivalry throughout the year. Undying managed to get the better of their foes in both seasons of the DPC Leagues, but 4Zoomers did defeat them in the grand finals of BTS pro series 5. In BTS pro series 6, Zoomers managed to win in the upper bracket final, but Undying turned the tables in the grand finals. Going into the final series of the TI10 NA qualifiers, it was Undying who held the better record against 4Zoomers, including the 2-0 win yesterday in the upper bracket final.
The first game was a tight affair, with neither team holding a decisive advantage over the other. Samuel “Sammyboy” Anderson’s Naga Siren was farming faster than any other hero on the map, accelerating the Zoomer’s net worth lead at a small rate. However, the Undying squad has three players that have been to The International before and have a bit more experience and patience while playing in clutch games like the one that unfolded. Even when playing from behind, they managed to sneak the first two Roshan kills, and catching Sammyboy in the wrong place at the wrong time was all it took for them to turn the game.
4Zoomers, with their backs against the wall in game 3, tried to emulate what their opponents in game 2 by picking the carry Axe for Sammyboy. But David “MoonMeander” Tan mentioned later in the interview that while they had gotten strong on the carry Axe in scrims, the team had also realized which heroes could counter it effectively, which is exactly what they did with a win in just under 33 minutes to secure the 3-0 series victory and a place at TI10. Needless to say, MoonMeander was over the moon (no pun intended).
Even though possibly crushed, Sammyboy was gracious in defeat.
Undying, who were very close to securing a DPC Major spot in both seasons (especially the first one, which went to a three way tierbreaker), will finally have the chance to prove themselves at LAN events. If they manage to pull off a stellar performace at TI10, it just might end up being the deciding factor that gives NA three slots at DPC Majors from next year.