The final day of the Dota Pit League Season 6 Minor treated us to two must-watch series that both went down to the wire, starting with Vici Gaming vs Newbee followed by Team Liquid vs Vici Gaming in the Grand Finals.
At the end of the day, Team Liquid walked away as champions after a convincing reverse sweep of Vici Gaming with all of their wins from Games 3 to 5 coming in utterly dominant fashion.
Vici Gaming Dethrone the Kings of China
After clawing their way out of the unforgiving best-of-one matches of the lower brackets, Newbee had one obstacle left in Vici Gaming to secure another rematch — and this time a best-of-five — with Team Liquid.
In Game 1, Newbee looked like they were on their way to get a quick win on the backs of Xu ‘Moogy’ Han and his Ursa. However, Vici Gaming managed to fight back as the game eventually went back-and-forth until a costly team wipe on the side of Newbee at the 44-minute mark led to both teams nearly losing all of their heroes just a few minutes later.
As the only man left standing from both sides, Vici Gaming’s core player Zeng ‘Ori‘ Jiaoyang led the creeps towards Newbee’s ancient and securing the win.
Newbee would bounce back in Game 2. Although they followed the same gameplan from Game 1 of staying aggressive from the start, they were able to maintain their momentum much better this time around.
The series-clincher was a nail-biter of a game that saw huge net worth swings from both teams as the game went late. However, Newbee eventually lost as their risky pick on the oft-forgotten hero Wraith King for Moogy fell off late in the game and Song ‘Sccc‘ Chun essentially became their only source of reliable damage.
It also certainly didn’t help Newbee’s chances that Ren ‘eLeVeN‘ Yangwei played Magnus to absolute perfection.
Team Liquid Come Back From a Huge Deficit
Having already secured a spot in the Grand Finals of the Dota Pit League Season 6 earlier at the expense of Vici Gaming, the reigning champions looked primed to make this a quick series. Decisive losses in both Games 1 and 2, though, showed that Vici Gaming were not going down without putting up a fight.
Unfortunately for Vici Gaming, whereas other teams would crumble in the face of a 0-2 deficit, Team Liquid only needed to turn on the proverbial switch.
Team Liquid proceeded to run at Vici Gaming in Games 3 to 5 with the same playstyle reminiscent of, ironically enough, Vici Gaming’s and their so-called “deathball” back in The International 4.
It’s safe to say that Vici Gaming were caught off guard; they would go on to lose the last three games in 26 minutes each or less.
Dota Pit League Season 6 Champions
A week after failing to win their first LAN in six tries, Team Liquid are back to their winning ways once again. It seems that a new patch wasn’t enough to slow down Kuro ‘KuroKy‘ Salehi Takhasomi and the 36k stack.
With the DreamLeague Major just right around the corner, expect Team Liquid to have their eyes set on winning the 2nd Major of the Season and their 7th title in eight tries.
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