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After trouble with DDOS attacks and lots of delays, we are finally allowed to see Alliance take on Evil Geniuses in a best of three matchup.
Game 1 started off with both teams posturing agressively, so much so that Evil Geniuses went as far as warding the entire Radiant jungle to force Akke to rotate to the top lane. Thus, after rotations by both teams, it became an aggressive tri-lane up against a defensive one.
Even with these aggressive lineups, aside from a solo kill on S4's Batrider by DeMoN on his Dark Seer, there really wasn't much action in the first 10 minutes. In fact, even after a couple of pick-offs here and there when heroes were out of position, the real action didn't start until the 25 minute mark when it was time for Alliance to go for Roshan.
Critical damage at 644.
Evil Geniuses didn't initiate into the Alliance lineup until after Alliance had killed Roshan for the Aegis, and this was a huge mistake as then Loda had two lives to play with on his Phantom Assassin. No one was safe from his right-click damage.
Critical damage at 1022.
Evil Geniuses knew they were having a hard time, falling behind on farm and experience, so they tried some smoke ganks to catch up. But Alliance were waiting for them and were able to get the pick-offs on Jeyo's Gyrocopter and SexyBamboe's Lifestealer. Ultimately, it was the huge damage and Aybssal Blade from Loda, and the great plays by S4 on his Batrider that enabled Alliance to take game 1.
Critical damage at 1593.
The score was 1-0 to Alliance.
Game 2 started with delays as Evil Geniuses needed to sort their routers out to prevent further DDOS attacks. It is a shame that such things can affect these competitions so much.
The dreaded Phantom Lancer and Keeper of the Light combo was picked up by Alliance, which set the tone for this game. Farm, farm and farm some more. Evil Geniuses knew this and so went for an aggressive tri-lane featuring Clockwerk, Leshrac and Rubick. Within the first minute, Evil Geniuses got the first blood, many thanks to an Invisibility Rune that SexyBamboe found, and this put Alliance on the defensive.
S4 on Beastmaster tried to follow SexyBamboe's example and attempt a kill using a Haste Rune, and though he got one, the confrontation cost him both his own life and that of Admiral Bulldog on Lifestealer. Jeyo on Luna, who had already gotten good early farm in the safe lane of the Radiant side, benefited from this early fight greatly, putting him ahead on net worth and levels.
However, the delays were not to stop, as the match had to be paused due to Loda disconnecting with internet issues. A few hours later, the game resumed from a load and the game continued.
When the match began, Evil Geniuses took control of the game, punishing Alliance for their bad positioning, and they did well in team fights. But this wasn't to last, as DeMoN wasn't really landing his Reverse Polarities, and due to the many illusions of Loda's Phantom Lancer, Luna's ultimate couldn't deal the damage Evil Geniuses needed.
Evil Geniuses began to lose their initial advantage, and this showed when Alliance was able to get middle barracks for free. But when Alliance went for the next barracks, DeMoN finally landed a good Reverse Polarity. The damage was huge and the heroes of Alliance died in a flash. The game wasn't won yet, but it did put the game back in their favor somewhat.
Yet once Loda had a Butterfly and Aegis, there didn't seem to be anything Evil Geniuses could do. In a final act of desperation, Jeyo purchased a Divine Rapier but he didn't have a chance to use it! The damage from Phantom Lancer was too great. After huge delays, pauses and schedule clashes, game 2 finally went to Alliance. The final score 2-0 to Alliance. Now Evil Geniuses will face Na'Vi in the losers bracket final.
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