The Malaysian teams made SEA proud, as both MUFC and Orange won their respective matches on GEST The Challenge.
As announced yesterday, GEST The Challenge started a few weeks early due to several possible schedule conflicts if the event pushes through on its earlier planned early-April play date. While the tournament only features four teams, it still offers no shortage of action and high-quality matches.
Two matches were played on the first day. Being a double-elimination tournament, the winners will get a more comfortable position on the next stage of the tournament.
MUFC vs. Vici Gaming
Game 1 – Inv.MUFC.Amgd jumped into a 2-0 kill lead to start the game, but VG didn’t take too long to warm up. The team showcased their skills, and CtY displayed his highly-regarded farming skills. The Chinese team easily seized early game.
MUFC did well on holding on, and their big team fight potential with RP, Chrono and Epicenter shined when they were able to reach their necessary levels. The mid game went into their way, as they slowly clawed their way back.
As MUFC was apparently getting back themselves into their game behind their fat FV, they lost a big clash near the Rosh Pit. VG suddenly found themselves on such a big lead, including two lanes of barracks.
VG became careless since then though, getting picked off and losing team fights one after another. Either behind a good chrono, a well-placed RP, the strong play of Fz’ TA, or a combination of them all, MUFC mounted a furious rally.
Lifestealer and Bounty Hunter’s single target attacks lost the game for VG late, as MUFC was able to repel any push attempt from the Chinese team. When the game ended, Void has 18k gold on his inventory.
MUFC 1-0 Vici Gaming
Game 2 – Fz has been playing an incredible TA recently. Today isn’t an exception, as he went with TA for the second straight game.
While the first game was a 70+minute battle, this was just utter domination for the Malaysian team. He used a great start to catapult his team into a very strong early game, and they controlled the game from start to finish. The gg was called at around the 27-minute mark.
MUFC 2-0 Vici Gaming
LGD.int vs. Neolution.Orange
Game 1 – LGD.int went with the star hero of their only win against iG last G-League finals – Lycan. This hero, with KotL, DS and QoP shows that LGD.int will be going with their renowned strong mid-game push.
The team was apparently winning the early game, with G forcing Mushi to return to the fountain. Not too long after though, an invisibility rune for Shadow Demon set-up a Light Strike Array though, as Orange took first blood on the mid-lane.
Kyxy’s Sylla was being shut down, and despite losing a few more kills, the European mix still took a firm hold of the Gold lead. LGD.int took towers after towers.
Ohaiyo’s Panda played superb on this game. He basically is winning team fights for Orange, and he has either a kill or an assist on almost all deaths of the enemy team until the late game stage. However, despite winning the skirmishes, Orange cannot find an opportunity to push.
There were only so much team fights that LGD.int can lose before Orange can catch up on Gold though, and catch up they did. After winning a teamfight, and being blessed with a Rubick by a misplay by KotL, Orange took several towers for themselves.
Orange played smart, and made good use of their advantage. They pushed when they can, but they always defended when LGD.int tries to split-push. They eventually were able to claim Mega-Creeps, and the enemy team conceded not long after.
LGD.int 0-1 Neolution.Orange
Game 2 – Orange picked Mushi’s signature SF and the trending CG and Nyx, while LGD.int went with their comfortable Chen, Batrider and AM.
LGD.int had a very decent start, but Orange secured their SF’s farm. SF went with a quick Linken’s Sphere, and followed up with a Shadow Blade – giving him survival and letting him farm comfortable. He proceeded with a Daedelus to further boost his already naturally-strong DPS.
In all respect, LGD’s AM is very well-farmed as well. Pajkatt tried to annoy Orange by his continuous split-pushing, but Orange was still on a very comfortable lead.
Pajkatt was able to snipe a courier with a Manta style at the 33-minute mark, which bought them some time. Misery’s Chen opted to go for the dagger at the 35-minute mark, preferring it over a similarly priced Force staff.
A big play happened at the 39-minute mark – Orange was able to get Roshan very quickly. SF already got his items after all. However, their indecisiveness had AM stealing the Aegis and getting an ultra kill in the process. After that play, Orange’s hard-earned lead on both gold and exp were all lost.
Pajkatt’s AM gets full-inventory at the 44-minute mark, while SF had a comparable farm at that time as well. A big team fight ensued then. Orange showed great coordination and chain-stunned AM, but the team’s SF fell as well. Both big carries bought back, and the teamfight apparently reached a stand-off. However, LGD had a very crucial mistake on using the primal roar on KotL, and SF cleaned them up after with his 1k+ crits.
That big mistake was all it took for Orange to take two lanes of barracks. While going for the mega creeps though, Orange got wiped out. With the rest of team having buybacks instead of Mushi, Orange geared for the LGD push. LGD claimed Roshan instead.
The next big skirmish happened bot as Orange was trying to push. LGD was able to good on a good engagement, including a kill on SF. They were later able to take the bottom melee barracks, at the expense of AM losing his life.
It was a rare sight to see a Shadow Fiend 60-minutes into a game completely skipping on a BKB and/or lifesteal. He also held on to his Shadow blade, and sold Manta Style for a Butterfly at that time. Orange went for a push bot after that.
LGD.int consumed their Primal Roar and Lasso on SF, who quickly bought back. Without those skills for LGD, nothing was able to hold Shadow Fiend in place and he just whacks both the heroes and the base for the Dire side. After a team wipe, LGD.int called gg on the 64-minute mark.
LGD.int 0-2 Neolution.Orange
With these results, compatriot MUFC and Orange will be facing off once again. They split their last two matches, but Orange’s win was a walkover due to MUFC forfeiting the match. LGD.int will take on VG, and the loser of that much is the first to be eliminated on the tournament.
The winning team on tomorrow’s LB match will be facing the loser of the WB match. Also, the loser of the LB match will be eliminated and the winner of the WB match will be advancing straight into the finals with a one game advantage.
Schedule (time is on SGT):
- 19.00 - Vici Gaming vs. LGD.int
- 21.30 - MUFC vs. Neolution.Orange
- 18.00 – Loser’s Bracket Finals
- 20.30 – Grand Finals (Bo5)
Practically, all but one team will finish on the podium. However, only the top two teams will be rewarded.
- 1st Place - $1000
- 2nd Place - $500
The games will be cast by BeyondTheSummit. The matches will also be on DotaTV, and is included on the February-March GEST ticket.
GEST The Challenge is the culmination of an extensive two months’ worth of games on the GMPGL National/Regional Qualifier and the GEST Dota 2. Supposedly, the top team of each GEST Dota 2 tournament will be paired up with two Chinese teams for another tournament, which offers another prize pool of its own. In this month’s case though, GEST March has not started yet – thus the other SEA team to join enters through an invite.
The first GEST The Challenge, held last year, was won by LGD.int. That was their first official tournament, and they also coincidentally defeated their sister team LGD.cn with a score of 3-2 on the Finals.
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