MSI-EvoGT wins GEST May after 2-0 over iZONE125
Kimuel "LeumiK" Rodis and his team mates in MSI-EvoGT has beaten iZONE125 two to zero in the grand final of the May edition of the GIGABYTE E-Sport Tournament International DotA Cup.
After a very deciseful win for MSI-EvoGT in the first game thanks to the early game lane dominance, the second game proved to be a hard nut to crack for the March champions. iZONE125 took a strong early lead because of MSI-EvoGT's weak laning heroes. But with exceptional team work and disposition, the MSI sponsored team could bounce back to win the game.
- "They got ahead in the first game by better positioning and timing of their initiations with their tri-lane winning top lane. Meanwhile their two solo lanes fared well and were more successful at ganking than iZone's beastmaster who was a bit static at bottom lane," said David "GoDz" Parker in his post-game analysis. He added, "Ultimately, the mid game dominance of sandking and Queen of Pain could not be stopped with such great utility and support to back them up."
- "Game 2 was a different story as MSI suffered because of weak laning heroes having Templar Assassin, who got punished by a Batrider and the roaming Shadow Demon and Kunkka who killed the solo-going Puck," says GoDz.
- "The strong and growing scene in the Philippines is really helping to nurture these teams. There are many practice partners, regular competitions (from GMPGL to smaller LAN events) to allow constant tournament and casual practice. The scene there is very developed and professional (although the players may not always be themselves). I think the Filipino players just have a great fighting spirit as well, as proven by all their dedicated and often crazy fans."
This marks the second playday victory for MSI-EvoGT. Also counting their third place from April means that from GEST alone the Filipino team has earned $3,300 USD in 2012.
With a team roster shrouded in mystery prior to the event, MSI's decision to bring in Rhymel "Candypop" Memel since the drop-off of Fernando "Nando" Mendoza (to Mineski) proved to be a successful one as they stand as champions and winners of the $1,500 USD prize.
- "They are a team who seems able to adapt, and always just come out on top, in a tournament where the top 5 or 6 teams all seem very even," says GoDz. He mentions that they never seem to have any poor showings and that they have their drafting and roles sorted.
- "MSI seems comfortable regardless of what their opponents force them to pick. They use a variety of unexpected heroes seeing choices such as Abaddon even making it through," commented GoDz.
Pacific clinched the third place and thus earned $300 USD. This after defeating LedionDreamz in the bronze final.
Stay tuned for the VODs as we will upload them in the coming hours.
|Grand Finals 1|
Download iZONE125 vs. MSiEvoGT Game 1
|Grand Finals 2|
Download iZONE125 vs. MSiEvoGT Game 2
MSiEvoGT vs. iZONE125 Game 2
MSiEvoGT vs. iZONE125 Game 1
Pacific vs. LedionDreamz
iZONE125 vs. Pacific
Orange vs. LedionDreamz
MSiEvoGT vs. StarsBoba
iZONE125 vs. Badburn
Pacific vs. LedionDreamz Pacific.UST vs. Deperruku
iDeal vs. Ritter-ART
StarsBoba vs. eNcy
InvasionRed vs. Skynet
Badburn vs. InvasionRed
Pacific.UST vs. Orange
Mineski vs. Orange MSiEvoGT vs. Skynet
Badburn vs. Redspade
Badburn vs. MSiEvoGT
InvasionRed vs. Skynet
MSiEvoGT vs. InvasionRed
Ritter-ART vs. LedionDreamz
Neolution vs. eNcy
Pacific.UST vs. Mineski
iZONE125 vs. StarsBoba