Hopefully starting soon without as many delays as yesterday!
DNAW started out on Another who immediately cast AMS as Glyptic ate a UA silence to mitigate their slight pressure. Showtime started pumping out the pressure on to the enemy Mage who was immediately forced to block. A stream freeze on my end, but DNAW won the game.
Once again Showtime went straight after DNAWs Mage. We see an early Gargoyle and empowered Pet from Another for the extra pressure. DNAW answered back with a Ring of Frost and Death Coil on to Another who dropped quite low. It was then a back and forth between the centre pillar and DNAWs starting area. DNAW really saw the advantage of positioning themselves in the starting area with Showtime having to run back and forth between there and the centre pillar. Showtime we’re really struggling to get on to their target. Glyptic got caught into a Deep, Coil and Howl but managed to survive. We then saw Showtime turn up the pressure on Rodriguez. Another got a fantastic Deathgrip on Rodriguez, pulling him out of LoS of his shaman. After a slight chase into the starting area, Rodriguez went down.
DNAW waste some early CC with a Hex and Ring on Another as Glyptic was pet silenced. They then started putting the pressure out on to Another who immediately uses AMS as Death Coil ends. The pressure was built up even further with a full Poly on Glyptic which forced an AMZ out of Glyptic. Showtime chose to start putting pressure out on to Dakkroth. They built up momentum when DNAWs Shaman dispelled UA. With the DoT damage brining him low, Showtime switched onto the Mage who was forced to block. We then had some back and forth between the two teams. Showtime caught the evocating Mage into a Death Coil dropped him dead.
Series taken by Showtime/Yaspresents
Both teams start out by trading damage, but it becomes clear that Skill Capped cannot keep up in a damage race with the DoT team. Talbadar was forced to drop out of Shadow and heal himself on a few occasions, but in the end EG just overpowered Skill Capped with superior play.
1-0 Team EG
RoV, the shooting range, the worst map in the game. Both teams mindlessly trade damage, with Skill Capped coming out ahead at the mid-way point of the game. All of a sudden Team EG take momentum and eventually secure a kill on Snutz.
2-0 Team EG
A very intense game to decide who was in the final four of the tournament.
GameSense.DNAW win and go through to the Final 4.
This game wasn’t exciting with neither team really dropping below 50% too often. Rodriquez did outplay Pookz, keeping him without his pet for the majority of the game. Dakkroth did drop quite low in a deep when his Shaman was caught into a Poly, but was topped up by a Spirit Link straight after. There was one point where neither team had any dots up. As the game started to move to it’s third act, Toez trinketed poly to keep Snutz up and Pookz used his last block as Toez was caught into a hex and deep. All team members of Skill Capped were low at this point and a spirit link did very little to help. DNAW then made a hard switch to Snutz who got caught into a Ring and dropped dead.
This game was more one sided at the start with Skill Capped controlling the game. They put a lot of pressure on to Dakkroth, firstly at the start when his Shaman ate a UA silence and secondly when his Shaman was caught into a hex. However, Pookz also dropped low at this point. Turning the tide, DNAW switches hard to Pookz as his Shaman was caught into a fear and Poly. The team soon got him into another Poly as Snutz dropped low. We saw an howl and spell lock straight after, but he managed to live. Toez then dropped low himself and trinkets Death Coil to try and escape, but unable to get a heal off, he droped dead from DoT damage.
The team of Skill Capped start on the opposing Shaman. While DNAW were able to peel for him, he still had to use NS and his trinket to survive. They did try and reverse the pressure with a full Poly on to Toez while dropping Pookz quite low. However, even with a follow up CS, they were not able to drop him too low. We then saw DNAWs Shaman caught into a CS and drop quite low as his mage was also quite wounded. With a short switch on to DNAWs Mage, Skill Capped waited out the cooldown of CS anad Deep. They tried to chain both onto DNAWs Shaman, but the follow up Polymorph hits just as his trinket comes back up. After a bit of back and forth and a nice blink and evocate by Rodriguez, Drudenhaus was caught into a Sheep and Deep. Even with Snutz in CC, Skill Capped were able to get the kill on Drudenhaus.
There was a very exciting ending to this game. With no cooldowns left, Drudenhaus managed to survive time and time again. However, with zero mana left, Skill Capped didn’t even both throwing any CC on to Drudenhaus as they switched to a block-less Rodriguez for the kill.
The final game nearly hit the 15 minute mark. There was tons of back and forth action with both teams nearly scoring a kill at times. The lead up to the ending saw Drudenhaus drop low in a Deep, but he managed to save himself with a Spirit Link. The team of Skill Capped then switched their focus over to Dakkroth who managed to survive the first encounter by getting out of LoS while his parter, Rodriguez, landed a Poly onto Pookz. However, Skill Capped were quick to keep up the pressure on Dakkroth. They caught Drudenhaus into a hex, but he trinketed and was immediately caught into a Fear followed by a CS. This lead to the kill on Dakkroth.
Series goes to Skill Capped.
At the start OMG charged in with all cooldowns popped. Fabio was their focus and immediately dropped very close to death, but an NS (I believe) from Glyptic kept him up. OMG then switched onto Another who also dropped low, but had AMS to counter some of the pressure. As their cooldowns run out, OMG started to fall behind. It might have been worth playing defensive, but they stayed in the open and it was only a matter of time before one of them dropped. Another got his revenge on the enemy DK and got the kill.
A really good opening here from Yaspresents. They went for immediate CC on to OMG with a Strangulate on to the Paladin and a Howl of Terror on to the DK and Hunter. They really disrupted OMGs opening. OMG did put out some pressure on Fabio who was struggling to get out of LoS, but a Spirit Link stops him dropping. Yaspresents immediately starts putting pressure out, forcing a Bubble from the enemy Paladin. While OMG were able to get some pressure out to Glyptic, the Paladin had nothing left to keep his DK up (except BoP that did nothing…).
RoV, guess who won?
Let me note though Another made the play of the tournament. Dropping quite low, he predicted the Paladins Bubble and managed to steal it to survive. Amazing stuff and well worth watching for.
Dalaran Sewer. Another dropped very low and the pressure persisted after AMS and IBF. Glyptic was caught into a CC chain and sued trinket at some point. With a Strangulate going on to him as Another was out of cooldowns, it was game over for Showtime. It seems one error cost them the game.
RoV again, guess who won?
The map alone decided the victor.
Showtime (Yaspresents) gets knocked out of the Tournament and OMG will be heading to the final.
The Korean OMG just beat Skill Capped in the final of the Global Battle.net Invitational.
Some really exciting games
Congratulations to them.