The G1 Championship League Qualifiers brought two titans of Dota 2 together to fight in a best of three matchup. Na'Vi vs
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Within a minute of the game starting,
Ongoing counter moves by Na'Vi stopped Alliances' assaults and slowed down S4's Blink Dagger more and more. Indeed, things looked to be going well for Na'Vi, until they decided to go for Roshan. Na'Vi began doing damage to Roshan and got his health down to half, and when they saw
From this point onwards,
Game 1 had it all, team fights, high damage, ganks, rotations, kills and action throughout. It was what we expect from a good Dota 2 match, so when game 2 began, some started to wonder if the game had been reprogrammed to become a farm simulator. As for nearly sixty minutes, both teams passively farmed to their hearts content, never really bothering each other, never going for team fights or even heading for the Roshan pit. Sure now and then, the teams would say hello, ask each other how their farm was going, and add that they would see each other another day for fights, but not today. Today was all about farming.
Yes initially, Na'Vi's lineup indicated a mid-game presence with lots of plays by Funn1k's Batrider and Dendi's Storm Spirit, but not in this game. Farming was the theme, and farming is what the viewers got.
However, eventually, and much time had indeed passed by at this point, both teams started to show each other the results of their farming. Loda's Phantom Lancer was incredibly strong, farming a whopping 780 last hits, and XBOCT's Anti-Mage was equally as farmed with a stunning 667 last hits. In the end, it was split pushing, big pickoffs and bad positioning on
It seemed that after the last game, Na'Vi were happy to continue the trend of farming simulation in game 3, but in this match, Alliance had a different idea. Their team was all about pushing hard and fast with as many Treants and Creeps as they could get their hands on. Na'Vi did choose Tinker to counter some of this, but this was not a game where one could linger on their own, especially with the presence of Loda's Alchemist and AdmiralBulldog's Nature's Prophet as both boasted Shadow Blades and they used these to get pick off after pick off, shutting down XBOCT's Anti-Mage and wiping out any of the rest of Na'Vi's lineup if they got close. But even though at 24 minutes in when
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