WCA 2015 VoDs are here! The WCA 2015 has finally come to an end after almost 70 matches played. Alliance have secured their first championship title since June 2014. The Swedish team bested LGD Gaming in the best-of-five Grand Finals and are looking in top form. Team Liquid defeated Wings Gaming, 3:0, to take the third place, with both teams having had stellar performances.
The WCA 2015 LAN playoffs debuted patch 6.86, introducing several new heroes into the competitive pool and some significant changes to more popular heroes and less utilized ones. Viewers were able to see first hand teams adjust and adapt to the changes made the night prior and the sometimes surprising and exciting matches that went along with it.
Being hosted in Yinchuan, China, the matches often started at 03:30 CET, several of them being played simultaneously. If you missed some of the action or need to review how some of the latest changes are applied in a professional competitive setting, we’ve got you covered.
WCA 2015 VoDS LAN playoffs groups
WCA 2015 VoDS LAN playoffs Group A
Team Secret‘s early departure from the event was one of the most surprising results of the event. The group stage was supposed to be an easy “shoe-in” for Secret and a shock-wave was sent through the air when they lost both matches in their series against Wings Gaming.
The newly buffed Keeper of the Light played heavily against the team in both games and they seemed to have difficulty overall after the laning phase. Some of Secret’s members were clearly upset, while the young and green Wings Gaming players were trying to suppress their excitement.
Secret took the next two games against Fnatic, but their two losses against Team Empire delivered the final blow of elimination.
Fnatic continues to struggle in obtaining any results or advancing out of group stages lately. Despite the efforts and shining performances of Djardel Jicko B. “DJ” Mampusti, the team was unable to grab a series win. They only managed to pull a draw against Team Empire and Wings Gaming and fell flat, 0:2, against Team Secret.
Team Empire‘s renewed roster continues to outplay and outperform against their opponents, looking well on their way to becoming a top team in the winter season, which might land them a direct invite to the Shanghai Major. The squad grabbed the win in their series against Team Secret and settled for a draw against both Wings Gaming and Fnatic. After losing the tiebreaker match against Wings, they advanced into the playoffs from the second place in their group.
Wings Gaming has been one of the dark horses of the tournament. With a relatively inexperienced, yet talented roster, the Chinese team has been making waves. After sweeping through the event favorites, Team Secret, they ended in a draw with Fnatic and Empire. Being tied for the top spot in the group, they were then tasked with competing in a one-match tiebreaker. Wings Gaming went forward with the same level of play and drafting they had been showing and took the victory and first place spot in the groups.
WCA 2015 VoDS LAN playoffs Group B
After Newbee’s forfeit*, Group B became a three-horse race, giving new hope to the two North American teams.
LGD Gaming defeated Team YP easily and were able to take the one-game tiebreaker against the North American team Leviathan, despite the infamous Andrew “Jenkins” Jenkins Pudge pick.
Team YP were the only casualties of Group B, after Newbee’s withdrawal. They lost all of their matches, 0:2, against both LGD and Leviathan. The matches were heavily one-sided in favor of their opponents. The new team was not expected to make much of a splash at the event. This was their first LAN event and major tournament, overall.
*Hours before the event, Newbee forfeited their matches, which resulted in a three-way race for Group B.
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