Digital Chaos reign supreme at ESL One Genting as we learn a few things about the new meta
9th Jan 2017
Digital Chaos drew first blood in Malaysia as they beat Newbee 3-2 in the finals of ESL One Genting, the first premier tournament after the release of DotA 2 7.00. And if the games in this competition are anything to go by, I believe we are in for a hell of an exciting meta!
Digital Chaos topped their group by beating Wings Gaming 2-1 and extracting revenge for their TI 6 finals loss. Wings secured second place in the group. Elsewhere, Newbee impressed by beating Virtus Pro and securing the top position in their group. VP had to settle for second. WG Unity, Execration, Fnatic and NP were eliminated in the group stages.
It was a scenario of West vs West (DC vs VP) and East vs East (Newbee vs Wings) in the semifinals.
• Digital Chaos vs Virtus Pro (2-0 DC)
This was a pretty straight forward series for DC as they outplayed VP in both games and cruised to final in dominating fashion.
• Newbee vs Wings Gaming
There are these series in every tournament that can pass of as finals (and which are better than the finals a lot of times). The all Chinese match-up between Newbee and Wings claimed that honor in Malaysia. Newbee dominated the first game with Sccc’s TA wrecking havoc and getting an early gg out from Wings.
But there’s a reason Wings Gaming are the reigning TI Champions. You just can’t draft against them! One game away from elimination, they brought out the Necrophos! In a game seemed to be in Newbee’s control till around the 25th minute, bLink’s Necro managed to remain unscathed as he kept cheating death with Death Pulses, Ghost Shrouds and Force Staffs! Once Shadow’s Morphling hit his critical mass, the tables were turned and Wings went on to destroy the throne just after one set of racks!
Game 3 was definitely the game of the tournament and I’d suggest everyone to watch it. Even if you have, go watch it again. It’s just that good. The draft seemed to going alright until Wings pulled out a Wings..a last pick Broodmother! And it almost paid off, but they fell a little short. The moment of the game came towards the end when Newbee were taking Roshan and uuu9 (drow Ranger), who didn’t have a buyback, died to Rosh! But it wasn’t as big a catastrophe as expected. It did get a buyback out from Sccc’s Medusa, but the 4 heroes of Newbee were able to win the gank that followed and BoT’d to the other side to finish off the game!
• DC vs Newbee (3-2 DC)
Although the series score looks close, none of the games went to the wire. Besides game 2, all other games were pretty one sided. Newbee led 2-1 but DC held their own to win the last 2 games comfortably and take the series 3-2 to claim the first place at ESL One Genting, the first premier tournament of the new patch. There were a lot of questions on DC’s decision to kick Moo after their performance at TI 6, but they have vindicated their decision by their by their win in Malaysia.
What the tournament says about the new meta
Between picks and bans, there were a total of 89 heroes that made it to the drafting screen. 24 heroes were completely ignored. Antimage surprisingly, was one of them.
The stats show that Luna and Shadow Demon, who dominated the last meta, are still considered favorable heroes by the players. Juggernaut is the one who tends to infiltrate a drafter’s mind the most. Rubik, who is amongst the top 10 in picks and bans, has a high win rate (66.67%) which could suggest we could see a lot more of him than the previous patches. Lifestealer has a staggering win rate of 80% (8 out of 10 games) and seems to be an effective carry with the right draft. Lifestealer’s ganking buddy Slardar however, though picked in 14 games, only has a 28.57% and might be a hero to reconsider for drafters.
Coming to gameplay, the panel observed that the laning phase has shortened and heroes tend to move of lane a lot quicker. With the shrines coming into play, teams are not very reluctant in losing their tier one towers in the mid lane and offlane as you have an alternate source to teleport to.
The meta is still fresh and though the stats give a rough idea of what it looks like, it might all change drastically come the next tournament when players have it better idea of the game on the whole. If you ask me, this is the best time as a neutral to watch tournaments as teams experiment a with a lot of heroes before the dust settles and it ends up being the same 30-40 heroes over and over again.But all bets are off with the talent tree coming in with this patch..let’s hope it doesn’t get to the that stale state!
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