The first two weeks of the Oceanic Esports League has been rough for Team Poyo. They played a total of eight games from four two-game series against four unique teams but got not even a single victory. As the third week of the tournament comes to a close, however, Calvin and his crew were able to write a different story.
The first two weeks of the Oceanic Esports League has been rough for Team Poyo. They played a total of eight games from four two-game series against four unique teams but got not even a single victory. They spent the majority of their time in the league so far at the bottom of the standings. As the third week of the tournament comes to a close, however, Calvin and his crew were able to write a different story.
Team Poyo has played six games from three two-game series this week and they did not only avoided getting another brutal sweep, they actually managed to split their meetings against Pristine & Clean and Burger Flippers, then return the 2-0 beating they received from Adió Chula back when they first met two weeks ago, for a much-needed change of pace. It may be far from a perfect week, but they have definitely had worse.
So what changed for Team Poyo? On the surface, they were still the same team with the same members. To say the least, they still have this tendency of suddenly executing unorthodox draft and strategies like how they ran a support duo of mid lane heroes—Queen of Pain and Storm Spirit—in their second game against Sweaty Soldiers last week. Except for this week, the rather questionable pick came in the form of support Luna for Poyo himself against Adió Chula.
But even those two tales had two different outcomes. Their attempt against Sweaty Soldiers resulted in a brutal 14-minute loss, the shortest game so far in the league, while their second shot turned out into a pretty convincing 38-18 beat down against Adió Chula. Sure, both circumstances were different; in their victory, Team Poyo may have learned how to strike against Boonz’ squad given that it was their second meeting, and in their loss, it’s possible that the momentum gained by Sweaty Soldiers was proved to be too much for them to handle. However, there’s this one changed that affected the entire Dota 2 community that we haven’t touched yet.
In the night after splitting the series against Pristine & Clean and getting their first-ever victory in the league, Valve dropped the 7.26b patch that vaguely nerfed all talents and significantly slowed down the mid-game phase by increasing the experience required to reach levels nine to 13. A day after this patch has landed, Team Poyo secured their first 2-0 win.
While the entries weren’t as many compared to major patches, the changes in mechanics sure did give Team Poyo the chance to re-evaluate their approach in the game. They have adapted to the most recent patch quicker and more efficiently compared to the ones they beat, and as a result, they have finally managed to climb out of the bottom seed. With a 4-10 win-loss standing, Team Poyo has overtaken Spag and Sons who ended the third week of the competition with a 3-15 win-loss scoreline.
As we enter the half-point mark of the Oceanic Esports League double round-robin group stages, Team Poyo looks to reignite their dream of reaching the playoffs. They are set to meet against Benny Brian on Saturday, May 9, 2020, at 22:00 AEST.
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