Galaxy Battles 2018 ends in what can only be considered an upset, with VGJ.Thunder sweeping the then-undefeated Evil Geniuses 3-0 in the Grand Finals to take home the crown and a huge chunk of the $500,000 prize pool.
Heading into the tournament, nobody expected much from VGJ.Thunder. Though one of the better teams to hail from China, VGJ.Thunder has not had that good of a showing in their limited time against international competition so far this season. In their first appearance back in October at the PGL Open Bucharest Minor, they finished in 5th-6th place. They then failed to defend their hometown at China Top 2017, losing to TNC Pro Team 2-1 in the Grand Finals.
Having said that, the win should give VGJ.Thunder a lot of confidence. They’re set to make an appearance, along with 15 other Dota 2 teams, at ESL One Genting 2018 later next week.
Galaxy Battles 2018 Day 3 Recap
The third and final day of Galaxy Battles 2018 saw nearly the entire lower bracket matchups played, in addition to the Grand Finals. The unpredictable nature of best-of-one matchups resulted in an upset. Case in point, Team Spirit played spoilers once again, taking out OG in a quick 23-minute game.
VGJ.Thunder, however, would prove too good to fall to a lesser team; Team Spirit lost in 28 minutes with a kill count of 30-7 in VGJ.Thunder’s favour as the win setup a rematch between VGJ.Thunder and Evil Geniuses in the Grand Finals.
In their earlier matchup, Evil Geniuses took a decisive Game 1 win before barely squeaking out a win in Game 2 where Artour ‘Arteezy‘ Babaev set the all-time record for the highest GPM on the hero Terrorblade.
2EZ!!: @Arteezy's 967 GPM on Terrorblade in @EvilGeniuses's incredible comeback win is the ALL TIME pro #Dota2 record for the hero! 66.2k Hero damage is top 10 all-time and over 50% of team damage output. https://t.co/9uICoOG2Jo pic.twitter.com/5rmZwCAuqL
— Nahaz (@NahazDota) January 20, 2018
This time around, VGJ.Thunder were more than ready for whatever Evil Geniuses had to throw at them. They took Game 1 quite handily, running a roaming Tusk that had a hand in 23 of the team’s 27 total kills (to Evil Geniuses’ 5 total kills as a team), before taking Terrorblade for themselves in Game 2 and winning the game late.
Facing down a 2-0 deficit, Evil Geniuses decided to go all-in on RTZ’s Terrorblade once again. Unfortunately, VGJ.Thunder had them figured out already. Despite a significant advantage early and a god-tier Aegis Steal by Andreas Franck ‘Cr1t-‘ Nielsen, VGJ.Thunder had the better high-ground defense overall, led by Zhou ‘Yang‘ Haiyang on his Tidehunter.
Cr1t and SumaiL with the plays around Roshan in Game 3!
— Beyond the Summit (@BeyondTheSummit) January 21, 2018
A team fight gone awry for Evil Geniuses at the 38-minute mark gave VGJ.Thunder the lead for the first time in the game and they never looked back. The game ended just 4 minutes later; the boys in blue would gave up as many as 10 kills since that momentum-swinging clash.
Shoutouts to Fallout Gaming
With the conclusion of Galaxy Battles 2018, it’s only proper to give thanks to the organizers Fallout Gaming. Their decision to push through with the event, despite the hurdles it faced prior, surely must have not come easy. Though this may be the last Dota 2 event they will organize in a while, at least they can rest easy knowing that they went down swinging.
Shoutouts to Eri Neeman as well, who undoubtedly is the true MVP of Galaxy Battles 2018.
With VGJ.Thunder winning Galaxy Battles 2018, do you think more and more teams will go their route and start letting their coach do the drafting for them? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.