Quarterfinal #3 eUnited VS. Black Dragons
eUnited Picks: Ravana (Screammmmm), Cu Chulainn (Benji), Raijin (Venenu), Ganesha (PolarBearMike), Hou Yi (PandaCat) – Bans: Sylvanus, Serqet, Rama, Ra
BD Picks: Osiris (Kliz), Fafnir (PIBE), Ratatoskr (oShip), Hachiman (MarcelZ) , Janus (Nann) – Bans: Ullr, Ah Muzen Cab, Athena, Xing Tian
After the usual slap fighting in solo, Benji on Cu Chulainn gets caught alone at 4:00, but turns the 2vs1 around by expertly using his cooldown timers and finds first blood. Things start looking rough for BD, but thanks to a turn around from oShip and Naan they find 3 return kills against eUnited at 8:20. A good engagement from Benji and eUnited at 11:00 though finds 3 kills and allows PandaCat’s Hou Yi to secure a Gold Fury, giving eUnited a 7k gold lead. eUnited would be in complete control of the map and game, earning an almost 10k gold lead by 17:00. A Fire Giant secure by eUnited at 18:20 leads to them taking 3 BD towers and 2 phoenixes over the next 3 minutes. eUnited initiates a final siege at 24:30 and kills all but MarcelZ for a Game 1 victory. eUnited controlled the pace and map in this entire game, quickly tearing apart BD by late game. Benji’s Cu Chulainn was great this game, fighting multiple players, engaging fights and being an all around nuisance for a 8/1/7 KDA.
eUnited Picks: Hachiman (PandaCat), Fafnir (PolarBearMike), The Morrigan (Venenu), Bellona (Benji), Fenrir (Screammmmm) – Bans: Ah Muzen Cab, Ravana, Rama, Ra
BD Picks: Osiris (Kliz), Odin (oShip), Sylvanus (PIBE), Hou Yi (MarcelZ), Anubis (Naan) – Bans: Raijin, Ullr, Cu Chulainn, Serqet
The Anubis pick from Naan turns out to be effective early, the mummify and damage allows MarcelZ to take first blood on PolarBearMike’s Fafnir. Despite the slower pace, eUnited still maintains a gold and experience lead early due to superior map control. eUnited is able to take a Gold Fury at 11:30. With few kills by either team, eUnited continues to increase its lead with a Gold Fury at 17:00, pushing the gold lead to nearly 10k. Things heat up at 18:00 minutes, with eUnited finding 4 kills and both duo lane towers thanks mainly to Screammmmm and his Fenrir. eUnited would not let up, taking a Fire Giant at 20:00, getting 2 kills, 2 BD towers, and 2 phoenixes. eUnited begins a final siege at 23:00, finishing off 4 BD members and taking a huge Game 2 victory. Benji’s pressure and ability to farm was great again, PandaCat also made significant plays in this game. eUnited expertly out farmed BD, once eUnited’s characters came online there was nothing BD could do. Benji was the set MVP. eUnited advances to Semifinals.
Quarterfinal #4 Obey Alliance VS. Elevate
Obey Picks: Sobek (Xaliea), Osiris (CaptainTwig), Discordia (PrettyPriMe), Amaterasu (EmilZy), Ullr (Ataraxia) – Bans: Cabrakan, Athena, Ares, Ymir
Elevate Picks: Xing Tian (N0Numbers), Geb (Cherryo), Hou Yi (DeathPanter), Sylvanus (Dardez), Ah Muzen Cab (Jermain) – Bans: Raijin, Hel, Odin, Ratatoskr
The pace of this game was a bit slow, very few kills throughout the early and mid game. Obey was able to establish early objective control and maintain a gold lead. Action picks up at 29:30, with Obey finding two kills thanks to Xaliea and Ataraxia and secure a Fire Giant. Despite the Fire Giant and a 10k gold lead, Elevate are able to defend with great damage application from DeathPanter’s Hou Yi. Obey would turn up the pressure again at 35:30 by finding 2 more picks and a second Fire Giant. Elevate would once again end Obey’s siege with great ultimates from N0Numbers’ Xing Tian and Cherryo’s Geb, at the cost of a right lane phoenix. A third Fire Giant at 42:20 would lead to another base siege and Obey would not be denied, Game 1 goes to Obey. CaptianTwig and Xaliea both with 100% kill participation with a 0/2/17 and 6/0/11 KDA respectively. Xaliea’s fight initiation, zoning, and Sobek pulls were particularly impressive in this Game and led to several objective secures for Obey.
Obey Picks: Osiris (CaptainTwig), Raijin (PrettyPriMe), Fafnir (EmilZy), Jing Wei (Ataraxia), Cu Chulainn (Xaliea) – Bans: Ullr, Sylvanus, Hou Yi, Hachiman
Elevate Picks: Ah Muzen Cab (DeathPanter), Athena (Cherryo), Amaterasu (N0Numbers), Nox (Dardez), Rama (Jermain) – Bans: Hel, Discordia, Cabrakan, Xing Tian
This game would see a bit of a strange team composition for Elevate, with the Nox support and Athena jungle picks. They would also combine for a first blood on CaptainTwig’s Osiris at 3:30 contrasting the slow pace of Game 1. Recognizing their positional and vision advantage at 13:00, Obey is able to sneak the first Gold Fury of the game with no response from Elevate. Great zoning from Xaliea on Cu Chulainn leads to a Portal Demon for Obey at 16:00. Things heat up at 19:00 with Obey finding 4 kills and a Gold Fury thanks to a great blink engage from Xaliea. Obey gets the advantage again by splitting up Elevate and getting 3 pick offs plus a left tower. Very little action as the game transitions to the late stage. A teamfight engage at 32:00 and 2 kills leads to a Fire Giant secure for Obey at 33:30 and the siege begins with a big ultimate engage from Xaliea. This gives Obey 2 towers, 2 phoenixes, and a Gold Fury. Obey begins another siege at 38:50, starting with a second Fire Giant secure and would not be denied. Obey wins Game 2 against Elevate. EmilZy going almost perfect with a 0/0/17 KDA and Xaliea showed a strong performance, repeating his great zoning and teamfight initiation. Xaliea’s overall impact was incredible this set, definitely the MVP for this set. Obey moves on to Semifinals.
That’s it for today’s Quarterfinal coverage folks. We saw some great plays from new and old players and incredible, high level action. Get pumped for Semis tomorrow, we’re in for some incredible action.