10 of Oceania’s finest Dota 2 teams have gathered to embark on an esports conquest anew as the Oceanic Esports Dota League kicked off its second season last week.
10 of Oceania’s finest Dota 2 teams have gathered to embark on an esports conquest anew as the Oceanic Esports Dota League kicked off its second season last week. And with its return is the rekindling of an unlikely force that poses themselves to be more than ready for a redemption arc.
Last season, Spag and Sons’ campaign for the first-ever Oceanic Esports Dota League championship title was cut short after failing to make it past the tournament’s group stages. However, captain Spag seemed adamant to prove that what happened in the past serves nothing but a stepping stone towards greater heights as he opens this season with a set of convincing performances against last season’s playoff participants, Adio Chula and Sincerely Fury.
No trace of Sincerely Fury’s formidability last season was seen in their first duel against Spag and Sons. The two-game series only lasted for a little more than an hour, with the second game going down in the league’s history as one of the most lopsided victories—a 29-minute massacre that ended with a 45-5 kill score and a 37.2k gold lead that are all in favor of Spag and Sons.
The team’s success wouldn’t have been extra-dominating if not for performance that Hypeman and Xemistry flaunted. The one-two punch of Spag and Sons combined for 29 of their team’s 39 total kills in the first game. In the bloodbath that was the second game, the veteran duo ended up combining for 28 kills or 62% of their team’s total pickoffs. Farnsworth also popped off during the sweeping victory, ending it with a 13/1/14 scoreline as Legion Commander.
Spag and Sons’ annihilation of Sincerely Fury, however, didn’t come after a hard-fought series against Boonz’ Adio Chula. The two-game series that ran for more than two hours pushed both teams to their limits. The first game of the bout saw Adio Chula being overwhelmed by a 15-kill deficit on top of a 46k-gold lead disadvantage. The time has run out for their push oriented-draft led by Gachi’s Death Prophet and Splicko’s Dragon Knight and the only chance they have left of defeating Spag and Sons was to dive straight into their throne and hope that they can destroy it before they get destroyed.
The carefully executed plan eventually turned into something that would hinder Spag and Sons’ from supposedly ending the first week of the league with a flawless record. Considering their 3-1 win-loss standing after two meetings, as well as the consistently over the top numbers put up by their cores, however, Spag and Sons have surely improved from the team that they were last season.
More tests of mettle will come upon Spag and Sons as they face Kouros1ve’s Shadownet and LY’s Cuteanimegirls, two teams led by last season’s grand champion and silver medalist, respectively, in the second week of the Oceanic Esports Dota League Season 2. Catch it only on the official Oceanic Esports Dota League Twitch channel from Wednesday to Saturday starting at 18:00 AEST!