Digital Chaos won their first major Dota 2 tournament after emerging victorious over Newbee in the ESL One Genting grand final.
The first premier Dota 2 event of 2017, held at the Arena of Stars of Resorts World Genting, Malaysia, saw the North America-based team hold off the champions of TI4 after a grueling best-of-five series grand final.
But Chinese team Newbee seemed to be the one with the momentum as the series began, as the Chinese team ran away with the first game – DC looked barely in it.
In Game 2, DC quickly went for a Keeper of the Light/Naga Siren combination and when Resolut1on finished Radiance at 15-minutes it looked like the game was in the bag. But through pure grit and stubbornness Newbee held out for almost 53 minutes before Digital Chaos was finally able to grind them down with Resolut1on’s unstoppable net worth lead in the end.
Game 3 saw Newbee getting Underlord for kpii, giving the group a commanding advantage in teamfights, and surviving even if team members got caught by Digital Chaos’ Dark Seer combo. Newbee only gave up five kills in Game 3, with both uuu9 and sccc getting a clean sheet as their team took the lead once more.
Newbee went for the same exact pick of Luna and Underlord, in Game 4 – only for Digital Chaos to respond with a blast from the past, picking Leshrac for w33 in the middle lane. Now with a character to handle Newbee’s Underlord.
To DC’s further advantage Resolut1on’s Slark was now free to move around in fights and picking off supports – ending Game 4 in Digital Chaos’s favour after just 29-minutes and taking the series to its final bout.
With the tournament on the line, Digital Chaos, flanked with three solid Infest carriers in Queen of Pain, Centaur Warrunner and Mirana, Resolut1on’s Lifestealer made the game extremely difficult for uuu9’s Luna. By 25 minutes, the top three heroes by net worth were all Digital Chaos – and it took just six more minutes for Newbee conceded the game, ending the series by 3-2 to Digital Chaos.
And on that note, Digital Chaos leaves Malaysia with $125,000 in prize money and the first premier tournament title of 2017 under their belts. And should they gain another win or top finish at the Dota Pit Season 5 finals later this month could easily put Digital Chaos in prime position to receive an invite to Valve’s upcoming Kiev Major in April.
ESL One Genting final standings:
- 1st United States Digital Chaos – $125,000
- 2nd China Newbee – $50,000
- 3rd/4th Russia Virtus.Pro- $22,500
- 3rd/4th China Wings Gaming- $22,500
- 5th/6th Canada NP – $10,000
- 5th/6th Philippines Execration – $10,000
- 7th/8th Malaysia WarriorsGaming.Unity – $5,000
- 7th/8th Malaysia Fnatic – $5,000