MVP.Hot6ix bested MVP.Phoenix, 3:1, in the TI5 SEA Qualifiers grand finals. MVP.Hot6ix will attend The International 5 in August, representing the SEA region alongside Team Malaysia. MVP.Phoenix will participate in the Wild Card series scheduled before the main event for a chance to fill one of the last remaining spots.
UPDATE (July 27th): The International 5 has kicked off in Seattle, with the Wild Card series between CDEC (China), Vega Squadron (Europe), MVP.Phoenix (SEA) and Team Archon (Americas). Check out the Wild Card series winners, the TI5 group stage distribution and schedule. Games are broadcasted simultaneously on three streams: Stream A, Stream B, and Stream C. Dota 2 fans can also catch all the games broadcasted live in 1080p, at 60 frames per second, on the new DotaTV streaming platform.
Hot6ix advanced directly to the grand finals yesterday after defeating Phoenix, 2:1, in the Upper Bracket finals. After sweeping the qualifiers’ favorites, Team Rave, 2:0, in the Lower Bracket finals, Phoenix moved on to the Grand Finals to face Hot6ix once again.
TI5 SEA Qualifiers: Lower Bracket
Rave vs. MVP.Phoenix
First blood went to “QO” Kim Seon-yeob after an engagement at the bottom Rune with him barely escaping with any HP himself, followed by a kill on the Beastmaster by Jio “Jeyo”Madayag’s Shadow Fiend. After a few skirmishes, Rave came out slightly ahead and Gyrocopter moved around the map well, farming quickly. Rave suffered from multiple Internet issues and lags this game.
Rave continued to play it safe and would rotate out to avoid fights, while MVP.Phoenix were able to push towers faster and seemed to be looking for fights. At minute 13, MVP went in to take Roshan, Rave smoked up and went to contest it but a huge fight resulted in a three-heroes wipe that gave MPV the Roshan and Aegis. MVP gained much momentum after that getting pick-offs, taking more towers and finding good farm.
At minute 24, MVP took another Roshan and then smoked and went mid with a 3:1 advantage fight. They managed to keep the Aegis and then took out the tier 3 tower before backing off to go farm more. After another couple of engagements at Rave’s base, “GG” was called at minute 32 and MVP.Phoenix took the first win.
For a second time, QO drew first blood on Io and barely survived. He then committed suicide to the neutral creeps to deny Rave any gold. MVP.Phoenix started to pull ahead. A 3:1 fight on the bottom lane gave MVP.Phoenix an additional boost in their lead. They had some great rotations around the map and managed to get some pick-offs, putting a lot of pressure on Rave early game. A 4:1 team fight for MVP at minute 11 gave them complete control of the game. An over-extension by MVP at the bottom barracks would result in a four-hero wipe, giving Rave a bit momentum and gold gain. After taking another Roshan at minute 27, MVP.Phoenix then pushed down mid, while Rave tried to split push at the same time. Three deaths, buyback and glyph for Rave were traded for three deaths on MVP.Phoenix. A last initiation and big fight at Rave’s base at minute 33 would be the end for them.
MVP.Phoenix have advanced to the TI5 SEA Qualifiers Grand Finals, to face MVP.Hot6ix once again.
Rave have been eliminated from the TI5 SEA Qualifiers.
TI5 SEA Qualifiers Grand Finals
MVP.Hot6ix vs. MVP.Phoenix
The first game was incredibly short. MVP.Hot6ix managed to crush MVP.Phoenix in only 14 minutes. Hot6ix grabbed first blood on the Dark Seer. Dark Seer would fall again shortly after, due to a great play by both the Disruptor and Bounty Hunter. Disruptor kept glimpsing Dark Seer back to Bounty Hunter and hitting him on the cliff, while BH would just tank him. Jesse “JerAx” Vainikka started with a four-minute killing spree, making it difficult for Phoenix to be able to gain any farm. With pick-offs on Drow and Dark Seer multiple times and so early, Phoenix were struggling immensely already to stay viable in the game. By seven minutes in, Hot6ix were dominating with an 8:3 score and a 5k gold lead. Things just continued to snowball for Hot6ix and there was nothing that Phoenix could do in team fights with the big discrepancy in levels and items. Phoenix called “GG” at minute 14, following a team wipe. Three towers were down at this point, and Hot6ix had over 15k gold advantage and 30 kills.
MVP.Hot6ix took the first game.
The second game was slightly better for Phoenix, but Hot6ix would still take the win with Lee “Forev” Sang-don having an incredible game on Weaver (19:3) and Pyo “MP” No-a on QOP (11:3). The game started slow with both teams focusing on farm. Omni was at the top of the chart in creep kills by minute 6. First blood was not drawn until after minute seven, when MP took out Tinker on the mid lane, dying as a result, and JerAx killed Disruptor.
Some pick-offs for Hot6ix helped to push them ahead in kills and net-worth. Great rotations and aggression have really helped Hot6ix dominate their lanes and keep map control. They then were able to snowball off of the effects of a great laning phase and just continued to get kill after kill and even a team wipe.
Armed with an Aegis, Hot6ix went to break mid high ground at minute 21. “Beyond Godlike” streak for MP was followed by a big fight at base. Phoenix called “GG” after a “Beyond Godlike” streak for Forev at minute 36.
MVP.Hot6ix took the second game.
MVP.Phoenix were not ready to give up their spot in the TI5 main event and struck back with a win. After rotations from Hot6ix’s supports to the top lane, JerAx drew first blood on “Febby” Kim Yong-min and Lee “Heen” Seung-gon took a kill on Dark Seer. Hot6ix have been playing incredibly well, with risky ganks that have been paying off. Around minute 9, a big gold swing went in the way of Phoenix, after a four-man wipe. Good farming by Phoenix’s Sven and some even exchanges helped to keep this game even. A 4:2 trade in Hot6ix’s favor gave them back the lead and the momentum.
A four-man wipe gave Phoenix the advantage and, although they started to take the Roshan, they abandoned it when Hot6ix started to contest it. Hot6ix then started to take Roshan. Phoenix came in, took the last hit of the Roshan and “kphoenii” Damien Chok on Sven took the Aegis. Phoenix then took the mid tower and went back to farming before a fight on the bottom lane gave them another pick-off. Hot6ix started to split push to counter Phoenix. Hot6ix came back to defend base, Kphoenii took two kills immediately before retreating to defend their own base. With a sizable lead, Phoenix were now trying to capitalize on their momentum and lead and end the game. “GG” was called at minute 34, after a “Beyond Godlike” streak on Sven.
MVP.Phoenix struck back and took the third game.
In an aggressive fight at the top rune, the first blood was denied by Hot6ix, as Heen on Pugna denied MP Leshrac after he was trapped in a fissure block, not giving Phoenix any advantage. The official first blood went to Phoenix, after they managed to kill Pugna almost four minutes into the game. Phoenix continued to be aggressive and take the lead with a third kill on the board for them in just over four minutes, leaving Hot6ix with none. By eight minutes into the game, there were a few exchanges that evened things out between the two teams and Hot6ix were back on track. They started to work away on pushing towers and taking objectives aggressively. A 4:2 trade in Hot6ix’s favor at minute 21 gave them a significant lead and the momentum they needed to then get another three heroes shortly afterwards. Another 3:1 fight allowed Hot6ix to take Roshan. Phoenix would call “GG” at minute 35 after Forev killed four heroes at their base.
MVP.Hot6ix won the TI5 SEA Qualifiers and have thus qualified to represent the SEA region at The International 5. MVP.Phoenix will participate in the Wild Card Series together with North-American team NAR and Chinese team CDEC.
Lee “Forev” Sang-don
Pyo “MP” No-a
Lee “SunBhie” Jeong-jae
Lee “Heen” Seung-gon
Jesse “JerAx” Vainikka
“Febby” Kim Yong-min
“QO” Kim Seon-yeob
“kphoenii” Damien Chok
“March” Park Tae-won
“NutZ” Wong Jeng Yih
MVP.Hot6ix will join recently qualified North-American team compLexity, and qualified Chinese team E-Home, as well as the already invited teams to compete for the most prestigious title of the year.
TI5 participants, so far:
- ViCi Gaming
- Evil Geniuses
- Team Secret
- Invictus Gaming
- LGD Gaming
- Cloud 9
- Team Empire
- Team Malaysia
The International 5 will take place August 3rd through 8th at the Key Arena, in Seattle, Washington, the same venue as last year. The Key Arena has a total seating capacity of over 17,000. The total prize-pool has so far reached $10,238,861 ($8,638,861 added).
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