The Dota 2 CIS region has another champion
Slowly but steadily, the OMEGA League came to its end. We saw some pretty amazing matches in both divisions, which was expected, considering the teams that took part in the event.
Speaking of teams, we finally know the name of one of the winners. FlyToMoon was originally in the Immortal Division. In fact, they played pretty well there, until they had to meet Alliance. Even though the CIS team tried to bounce back a few times, the European team delivered its knock-out punch. As a result, FlyToMoon was sent to the Divine bracket.
There, the CIS team didn’t really have any problems until they reached the grand final of the upper bracket. There, FTM had to fight against 5Men, which is a pretty promising newly-formed team. The CIS powerhouse tried their best but they ended up losing with a score of 2-1, which pushed them in the LB. As expected, Bogdan “Iceberg” Vasilenko and his team-mates managed to bounce back yet again. Although it wasn’t exactly like a walk in the park, they managed to reach the Grand Final, where they had to face 5Men yet again. However, this time, the result was different. Even though some people expected the same result, FTM actually claimed a clean 3-0 victory.
The fate of the first map was mostly decided on the draft stage. FlyToMoon chose a fairly balanced heroes roster, ready for both intense and fast play and long fights. But 5men decided to experiment, preferring an interesting but not synergistic pick. For example, an offlane: 5men put Enigma and Bloodseeker there. Offlane Bloodseeker was a discovery in OMEGA League (thanks to zai for that). Still, its implementation was somewhat different from the actions of the Swedish player from Team Secret. Bloodseeker is a hero who requires a lane advantage to maximize his potential. Ludwig Wahlberg actively uses Blood Rite on the lane to quickly kill enemy heroes and gain an experience advantage. The 5men players put Bloodseeker in as a four-position near Enigma, who “vacuumed” the lane with its summons. Misery didn’t have much constructive work to do. Add to this that the European team had only Black Hole and Flaming Lasso among the disables. The only chance for 5men was a chock-full Medusa along with FlyToMoon mistakes. It should be noted that the FTM players didn’t play that perfect, but still did not make critical mistakes, so they won the first map.
In the second map, 5men took on a more straightforward set of heroes without experiments. This time Bloodseeker moved up to the third position, while Misery got Windranger. The winning lanes should have been the key to this draft as 5men’s Broodmother and Bloodseeker are suitable for “snowballing,” and FlyToMoon had some greedy heroes. Unfortunately for the European team, they didn’t manage to seize the advantage, and RodjER came to the fore in the midgame, very much hindering the rivals. As a result, Morphling got six slots, and the rest of the team supported him very well. It was a matter of technique to complete the map in their favor.
Finally, we saw how 5men take on familiar heroes without any adventures. Not a bad, balanced pick that has everything. The only vulnerability is some greed, as both Spectre and other cores need items to survive. This is precisely what FlyToMoon took advantage of, taking a too intensive pick. Slark is much less demanding, and Invoker, Batrider, and Nyx Assassin become active much earlier than Magnus and Tiny. As a result, we saw a spectacular and aggressive game from FlyToMoon, in which it is difficult to single out any one hero. The whole team acted harmoniously and efficiently, which led to a crushing victory in the Grand Final.
After the victory, FlyToMoon won $10,000, which is not a bad amount of money for an online event. Having said that, we can’t wait for 2021 to come because we will see the new DPC back in action. This is something that everyone is looking forward to, especially the smaller Dota 2 organizations. As you know, teams like Geek Fam and Reality Rift had to release their rosters due to financial issues.