Over the past Weekend, we saw a lot of live matches take place from different tournaments, which glued fans to their seats as the action packed weekend kicked off. I took notice of one particular team that has flourished in the past 2 months or so. The most memorable matches, with a lot of criticised strats, were the root of this weekend’s nailbiting encounters. POTM Bottom proved this weekend that they are a force to be reckoned with, beating Na`Vi in the Lower bracket of The Defense with a convincing 2-0 victory.
Their strats were pretty straight forward, picking up Rubick in both matches and overwhelming Na`Vi in most of the Team Fights. The only pick that stood out, was the surprising Bounty Hunter pickup, which proved too much for the enemy team, providing sight – removing armor and ofcourse, providing extra gold for each kill racked up. This of course, complemented the way POTM Bottom was moving towards a ganking-orientated strat, getting early gold advantage which allowed them to use their pushing strat to full effect.
The first game was taken by POTM Bottom, followed by a close second game, where a few decisive battles lead to Na`Vi being raxed at the top lane. The Enigma got caught out of position by POTM Bottom with a few smoke ganks, and they always made sure that someone hung back to disable the enigma when he ulties, except for the one time at the Dire Ancient spawn, where the enigma caught 4 heroes in his black hole, which ended up in a good battle for Na`Vi.
Although POTM Bottom got caught, they still managed to get the upper hand in most of the battles, and take Na`Vi Down 2-0 in The Defense, kocking them out completely.
After Friday evening’s emphatic victory over Na`Vi, POTM Bottom started preparing for Sunday evening’s Grand Final of the ProDota II World Tournament. After Beating CLG in the Winner bracket finals, they advanced to the grand finals where they would await the results from the Lower Bracket Finals winner. After sending CLG packing to the losers bracket, CLG were determined to make amends, and went on to win the Losers bracket Final where they would once again meet POTM Bottom in the Grand Finals.
Because POTM Bottom won the Winner bracket Finals, they had all the reason in the world to be confident, and showed their dominance early on. The first game saw a literal stomp, with POTM Bottom Claiming the GG calls at 16 minutes in. With a unrelentless pushing strat, they took the lead 1-0 in this epic Grand Final with a $30000 Prizepool, and $10000 First place prize
Not much to say about Game Two but it was was mostly a tight, but short affair as CLG had the lead most of the game, but POTM Bottom pounced at a few given opportunities, and grinded their way to a 2-0 victory.
Game 3 was the most intense, and action packed game of all. It was CLG’s last chance to stay alive in the best of 5 format. With an impressive 74 minute game, the battle between Aui’s Luna and Pajkatt’s Morphling was something to behold as both carries had winning potential. But they were able to take the game with Pajkatt’s amazing morphling play, ending up with a full item build and almost 12k gold to spare, CLG had some confidence and momentum going into the 4th game.
The Fourth and final game, was needless to say, as fast and effective as the first game. After the tiring 75 Minute ordeal, POTM Bottom elected to go with Rubick once again, along with the popular Morphling pick, to take the game in a convincing 25+ minute victory.
After pressing through one of the international’s best teams in a great fashion, clenching a 3-1 victory, there is no doubt that Fogged & co are here to compete seriously and should not be taken lightly by any means. They seem to be, in my own opinion, a serious American powerhouse, and maybe even the strongest at the moment. I think the only thing that could crown PB’s amazing weekend of victories, would be a sponsorship. Probably the only professional eSports team without a sponsor.
Sources: (Images: GosuGamers.net)