CompLexity Gaming are headed to the SL i-League Minor playoffs after pulling off back-to-back upsets against Newbee and Natus Vincere.
SL i-League Minor Day 2 Recap
The best way to sum up Day 2 of the SL i-League Minor is that it was full of upsets and surprises.
CompLexity Gaming initially set the tone with a surprise sweep of the TI7 runner-ups Newbee. Afterwards, Natus Vincere took out Team Secret 2-1, which saw a nailbiter of a game in the series-clincher with both teams going back-and-forth for almost an hour and a half.
Up against Natus Vincere, Kyle ‘Kyle’ Freedman and his squad went with an ultra-aggressive lineup headlined by Nature’s Prophet and Spirit Breaker in Game 1. However, despite a solid start, Natus Vincere were able to keep up with the frenetic pace of the game. This forced CompLexity Gaming to eventually dial down on their aggression, after which Natus Vincere flipped the tables on them.
With Danil ‘Dendi’ Ishutin and his Lina leading the way, Natus Vincere were able to secure Game 1 in less than 30 minutes.
Game 2 featured just as much early game aggression from CompLexity Gaming, but with much better execution. And with, Zakari ‘Zfreek’ Freedman and David ‘Moo’ Hull excelling on arguably their best heroes in Chen and Beastmaster respectively, Natus Vincere just didn’t have enough to deal with the relentless pushing power that the entire CompLexity Gaming team had.
In Game 3, CompLexity Gaming went with a more unconventional draft lineup. Instead of running Nature’s Prophet in the offlane, they gave it to Zfreek to play as a support. They also picked Winter Wyvern for Moo.
The decision paid dividends for the team; the Freedman brothers, Kyle and Zfreek, roamed to perfection and made their presence felt from the start until the end of the game.
The Rise of CompLexity Gaming
While one of the more popular teams in North America, CompLexity Gaming haven’t exactly had much success in Dota 2 lately. In fact, they spent the entire last year stuck in mediocrity and failing to qualify for LAN tournaments. Their sole appearance? A last-place finish in The Boston Major back in 2016.
With Kyle/Swindlezzz switching over to the position five support role, though, and the return of the Swedish brothers, Rasmus ‘Chessie’ Blomdin and Linus ‘Limmp’ Blomdin, it seems like CompLexity Gaming finally have their act together.
So far, CompLexity Gaming have qualified for two LAN tournaments already — tied with Immortals for the most in NA this season. More importantly, after topping Group B and advancing to the SL i-League Minor playoffs, Complexity Gaming are now assured of their highest placement since finishing in 4th place at EPICENTER last year.
If they keep this up, CompLexity Gaming might just take over Evil Geniuses’ spot as the best Dota 2 team in North America.
How well do you think CompLexity Gaming will do in the SL i-League Minor playoffs? Do you think they can finish higher than 4th place? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.