After weeks of wondering what would come of the event following Valve’s decision to revoke its Major classification, Galaxy Battles II: Emerging Worlds has finally come to an end. And, what do you know, it wasn’t even half bad.
Yes, it sucked that half of the teams ended up backing out, including fan favourites Team Secret, Team Liquid and Virtus Pro, among others. But, at the end of the day, even though only eight Dota 2 teams showed up from the original 16, the tournament still gave Dota 2 fans in the Philippines and from all over the world what they wanted: some good ol’ dotes.
Evil Geniuses’ Newest Lineup Works
When Evil Geniuses decided to kick out Saahil ‘UNiVeRsE‘, with Syed Sumail ‘SumaiL‘ Hassan making the move from mid to the offlane, because they wanted to play “less greedy”, most people were skeptical. After all, SumaiL is probably just as greedy as UNiVeRsE if not more. But, nearly a month later, and with just two international LANs under their belt, we have enough evidence to show that Evil Geniuses‘ latest lineup actually works.
SumaiL, for one, seems to have acclimate well to his new role. Having moved out of the middle lane presumably due to the lack of true 1v1 matchups, SumaiL has found what he’s looking for in the offlane, where he’s often matched up with either the other team’s carry hero or the other team’s offlaner. Meanwhile, Artour ‘Arteezy‘ Babaev remains the quintessential hard carry and Clinton ‘Fear‘ Loomis continues to do what he needs to do to help the team succeed.
With Andreas Franck ‘Cr1t-‘ Nielsen starting to regain the same form that he showed when he won two Majors with OG at the 4 spot and Rasmus ‘MISERY‘ Filipsen at the 5 providing the strong voice that the team needs during pressure-packed moments, this could very well be the lineup that takes Evil Geniuses back to the top.
Watch Out for VGJ.Thunder
Hands up if you thought it was weird that VGJ.Thunder let their coach Bai ‘rOtK‘ Fan draft for the team. No offense to rOtK, because he’s definitely one of the most brilliant minds Dota 2 has to offer and has the hardware to show for it, but what they did was unprecended. Especially since they took full advantage of Valve allowing coaches to be with their teams during the draft to start the season.
VGJ.Thunder may just be onto something here. Either way, unconventional drafting strategy or not, one thing is for sure: we’ve got yet another strcontender from China in our hands. If they follow up their win at Galaxy Battles II: Emerging Worlds with a strong showing at ESL One Genting,
Fun Fact: The last time a Chinese team won a LAN tournament in Manila was when Wings Gaming won ESL One Manila in April 2016. They would go on to The International 6 later that year. If we are to believe the east-west TI cycle, then it should be China’s time to win it all this year.
Eri Neeman Is Legit
One thing I appreciated coming from Galaxy Battles was seeing all the young local talent get motivated, fired up and inspired.
That's great to see. 😊
— Eri Neeman (@erineeman) January 23, 2018
Let me just say that everyone involved in Galaxy Battles II: Emerging Worlds did a mighty fine job. With that said, all of us can pretty much agree when I say that Eri Neeman was the MVP of the entire tournament.
His crazy antics, skits, ability to make light of the entire debacle and most important of all, in-depth knowledge of the scene, including all the dank memes, was pretty much one of the highlights of the event.
He “carried” Galaxy Battles II: Emerging Worlds, or so to speak.
This Isn’t The Last We’ll See of Fallout Gaming
Insane energy in the house tonight!A huge shoutout to our amazing sponsors who made all this possible. And to the fans that showed up, thank you for making Galaxy Battles 2018 an event to remember 🙇🏼♂#FalloutGaming #PurposeWin #GalaxyBattles2018 #nevergiveup
Posted by Galaxy Battles on Sunday, January 21, 2018
Most (including myself) thought that Valve’s decision to revoke the tournament’s Major classification spelled the end for Fallout Gaming. Apparently though, that’s not the case. As it turns out, Valve still actually owes Fallout Gaming a Major and that the much-maligned organizer still have a lot in store for the rest of the year.
How and where we’ll see Fallout Gaming again in competitive Dota 2 is something we don’t know just yet, but here’s to hoping that their future events are just as entertaining and memorable as this one.
It’s All About the Points
Of the eight teams that withdrew from Galaxy Battles II: Emerging Worlds, only OpTic Gaming and Team Empire had yet to have earned Pro Circuit points. The rest are among the leaders, except for LGD.ForeverYoung. This pretty much makes it clear that the Dota 2 teams are after Qualifying points more than anything else, which isn’t exactly a surprise considering what’s at stake.
Going forward, as the top Dota 2 teams gather enough Qualifying Points to separate themselves from the rest of the pack, we should see less of season’s leaders in Minors, or even skip both Minors and Majors altogether.
What part of Galaxy Battles II: Emerging Worlds did you enjoy the most? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.