Soe will not be joining the commentators. Halle-fucking-lujah!
They game does appear to be installed as well.
While it’d be fantastic to give you guys of a summary of all the games played so far, Blizzard hasn’t deemed it necessary to update the scores again.
Skill Capped (MLP) Vs.
Team Roccat (Rogue/DK/Pally)
Game 1 – Nagrand Arena:
Skill Capped takes the game with a kill on to Team Roccats DK. Team Roccat, going against the grain for a Taiwan team, gained a lot of pressure on to Skill Capped early on. Unfortunately, my stream was frozen for most of this and I actually started to hear both the current audio and audio from a few minutes back. Fun.
Game 2 – Ruins:
Another back and forth game here. The melee cleave got some pressure on to Snutz in a Smoke Bomb/Kidney Shot, but soon started to tunnel vision Pookz. While Skill Capped made a few errors such as overlapping Ice Block and Hand of Protection, they were able to get Team Roccats cooldowns used up with their constant pressure and make a switch on to their Paladin with a Deep Freeze/Death Coil combo for the win.
Skill Capped Takes the first series.
Team EG vs.
Game 1 – Ruins
Team EG takes the game. Anarachy Rocs not doing too badly though. They managed to pressure Talbadar quite substantially, but they tunneled him far too much.
Game 2 – Ring of Valor
Worst map ever makes its first appearance this year. The warrior switching it up to Gag order spec this time round. They once again trained Talbadar, but with no pressure and little control going out on to Azael, Team EG put out a ton of pressure on all 3 members of Anarchy Roc. This game looked like Team EGs throughout and while Anarchy Rocs positioning meant they couldn’t use spirit link at the end, it would have done very little to help.
Showtime (Yas Presents) vs.
Game 1 – Dalaran
Anarchy Roc made the right decision by going on Another in my view. The problem is they were to eager to jsut stick to him. Another did show us why he’s considered the best DK with his fantastic cool down usage. We saw quite an early Rallying Call and Spirit Link from Anarchy Roc and they just didn’t seem to be able to keep up with the damage of Yas Presents. ShadowCleave showing it’s amazing combination of constant pressure and ability to switch. A really nice first game from Yas Presents.
Game 2 – Nagrand
Yas Presents just puts out constant pressure and Anarchy Roc doesn’t even get a look in. As one sided as you can get. Anarchy Rocs Shaman even went OOM trying to keep up with the pressure. Anarchy Roc really need to improve their defensive play.
Skill Capped (MLS) vs.
Yas Presents (ShadowCleave)
Game 1 – Dalaran
The most exciting game so far. A lot of back and forth towards the start, but as the game went on, the ShadowCleave started to gain the advnatage. Another was playing fantasticly again. Caught into a Deep, CS and Coil, he immediately trinketed the Coil to avoid falling into a bad position. Just like with Anarchy Roc, the ShadowCleave were able switch to whoever they liked. This was really punishing on Skill Capps Shamans mana. Pookz went down at the end, but it really could have been any member of Skill Capped.
Game 2 – Blades Edge
Another exciting matchup. This was a reverse of the Dalaran Arena game, with every member of Yas Presents under pressure. Skill Capped seemed much more offensive this time round, nearly getting a kill on to Fabio who was able to slip below out of danger. Another nearly dropped too while Glyptic was caught into a Howl. The team of Skill Capped wasn’t able to follow up any further CC on to Glyptic. After somewhat of a CC chain by the MLS, the ShadowCleave got very offensive, putting a lot of pressure out on to Skill Caps Shaman. While he nearly dropped, a blanket silence on to Glyptic and he went down.
Game 3 – Ring of Valor
Immense pressure on to Pookz from Showtime, but the server crashes. It really does seem Showtime would have had this. NS/Spirit Link/first Ice Block all used by Skill Capped.
Game 4 – Ring of Valor
This was a return to form for the ShadowCleave with the health pools of Skill Capped looking exactly like they did in the first game on Dalaran. They really pressured Pookz and Toez throughout, almost getting a kill while Snutz was caught into a hex. Skill Capped made a great comeback though, they forced Another to go peel mode and then made a switch on to him while Glyptic was caught into a Polymorph and Fear right after. Another went down, giving the series to Skill Capped.
Team EG vs. Yas Presents
1 – 0 Yaspresents
Both teams were starting out quite slowly, with the Shadowcleave going for Talbadar while the Shadowplay isn’t really getting into the game right. The SP does a great job surviving without using Dispersion though, which puts them in a really good position cooldown-wise. The US team manages to get Glyptic really low with once more, Spirit Link Totem being the only thing saving the day, while Talbadar drops low again in a strangulate on Cdew. Afterwards Talbadar again shows what a great player he is, managing to pull of a Mind Control on a full dotted Another, almost dropping him, being at the same time unable to save Cdew, who almost drops from Fabyo alone, Spirit Link Totem AGAIN showing what a powerful defensive CD it is. Talbadar is still sitting low though with Cdew taking a lot of damage too, forcing him below 10% and eventually killing him with Talbadar also sitting on really low HP.
1 – 1
The EU team sticks to their plan of forcing early cds by going for Talbadar with a Strangulate on Cdew, stacking up Necrotic Strikes on the SP and then swapping to his healer. The Shadowplay manages to drop Another really low again, forcing an AMS, choosing to stick to him after AMS is down though. Glyptic seems to accidentaly dispel a Vampiric Touch, taking a LOT of damage with Azael doing an incredible job of noticing this and pre-Spell Locking into a Death Coil into a full Fear on Glyptic, killing him with no chance of saving himself.
2 – 1 Yaspresents
Talbadar loses a big chunk of his HP early due to dispelling Unstable Affliction but is able to get picked up again. There are not many new strategies to see as both teams seem to stick to their known tactics, until suddenly Yaspresents is hardswapping to Azael, which no one expected with him not even being the target once in the former games, globalling him so quick it was impossible to react to it, winning the EU team the series 2 to 1.
GameSense.DNAW vs Kimchi Man
0 – 0
The MLS is going for the Rogue right away while the Korean playes do a GREAT job of locking down Dakkroth until they can have a full CC on him again to swap onto Drudenhause, almost causing a kill several times, catching him off-guard. At the same time, the MLS isn’t really trying any smart moves but has chosen to just kite and tunnel the Rogue. In the midgame nothing was really happening with the game stabilizing until the RLS manages to force Spirit Link Totem in yet another swap onto Drudenhaus, keeping him and Rodriguez both very low for a considerable amount of time, while the MLS tries to switch onto the Korean Lock with a full poly on their shaman with NS stopping their assault though. The game balances out again until the MLS seems to burst the rogue from 100 to 20% out of nowhere, forcing Spirit Link Totem as so often this evening. Right now the MLS is seeming to just randomly tunnel damage into anyone in Line of Sight, forcing both the Korean Shaman and Lock very low. Kimchi man is able to stop some of the damage by going hard onto Dakkroth, the game is interrupted though due to a disconnect and a rematch is set on.
1 – 0 Gamesense (DNAW)
This time DNAW gets the momentum early, multi-dotting the Rogue and the Shaman, while Drudenhaus gets dropped to below 50% but the Rogue is peeled away by his teammates. Some damage is exchanged
with Kimchi Man kind of desperately trying to get at the enemy shaman at least forcing NS in the course of it. Nothing happening for another few minutes until the MLS suddenly rips a big chunk of about 70% of the Rogues HP in a global, Cloak stopping the pretty safe kill opportunity though. The RLS recovers and they manage to catch Drudenhaus in a smokebomb, dropping him to dangerous HP levels and keeping him there for a considerable time, although the Rogue gets caught into a Ring, wihile being out of range of the used Spirit Link Totem, making it into range just in time to get picked up again. Gamesense was propably reminded of old Season 8 days, so they just sticked to tunneling as much damage as possible into the Rogue, eventually dropping him in a series of crits.
2 – 0 Gamesense (DNAW)
The Korean Rogue gets popped out of stealth after landing a Sap and is instantly dropped to 20% being tunneled by both DPS of the enemy spellcleave, being able to stabilize again though, with the Rogue getting 2 restealths behind a pillar, reopening on the EU team, only to get caught in a full Deep Freeze without trinket, dying once more to the immense damage the MLS can put out.
GameSense.DNAW vs OMG
1 – 0 OMG
The PHD almost globals Dakkroth in the opener, making Rodriguez panic and try everything to cc them. The DK and Hunter are doing a great job of dodging the ring though, leaving it without any effect. Drudenhaus is able to pick his Lock again though and the MLS is trying to turn it around, almost killing the DK instead. Having forced NS in the opener, the PHD realizes they will have a great advantage in terms of cooldowns, now trying to force as many of the enemy ones as possible, which they start by forcing an instant block by Gamesenses Mage. The MLS seems to have overcome their initial panic though, settling on the Dk, while Goochi is doing a great job keeping himself out of CC. A full Hoj followed by a trap brings Rodriguez to really dangerous HP lvls once more, while Dakkroth is solo pressuring both the DK and the Hunter by Dots alone, forcing a bubble on the Korean Paladin. The lack of focus on defense by the MLS is instantly punished though by forcing the second block of Rodriguez with them swapping between the Spellcleaves both DPS and only Spirit Link Totem spoiling their kill yet. OMG pushes for the mage again almost killing him but the Hunter is dropping REALLY low in exchange, with only a clutch sacrifice by Goochi saving him and they finish the job killing Rodriguez to take the lead in this last game for today.
1 – 1
The PHD is playing a lot more passive at the start this time, Sleeping waiting behind a pillar for a considerable duration, only to come out after Drudenhaus being trapped to almost global Dakkroth, forcing a Trinket and NS by Gamesenses Shaman. Right now the Korean Team is switching back and forth between the lock and mage, forcing an Ice Block once more, but the MLS is able to turn the tides, bringing the DK to below 10% before he gets picked back up. OMG now gets back on their favourized target Rodriguez but fails to get pressure up so they try to get yet another reset. DNAW sticks to the DK now, stacking up their vast amounts of CC on Goochi who is not able to keep his melee up through all this control thrown at him, tying the series.
2 – 1 OMG
OMG is using yet another opening strategy, going instantly on the spellcleaves healer with all their amounts of interrupts and control stacked up on him, globaling him without any chance of recovery, scoring a kill worth the Ring of Valour it was executed on, taking this series away and getting an incredible second place in the final rankings (more below).
So day 1 is over, and we see that it’s foolish to underestimate Korea in any tournament! Thanks to Ricopalmer on the forums for filling for Ceon in the last couple of games.