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Lacked the killer instincts to help Alliance close out Vici Gaming
October 23, 2018
Qojqva had a forgettable showing against Vici Gaming in ESL One Hamburg. The German star finished with a KDA of 6/6/6.
ANALYSIS
Qojqva played Lone Druid in the series opener. He outdueled Ori's Lina early on and just farmed out of his mind. He farmed an extremely quick Hand of Midas and farmed his key Radiance with ease. Despite this, Alliance just couldn't close it out as Vici Gaming completed their comeback. Qojqva's decision to play Storm Spirit in Game 2 didn't work out too well for Alliance. His laning stage went horribly as he was behind two levels against Ori's Necrophos. He tried to make plays for Alliance but they lost the lanes too hard for a proper comeback.
Seemingly not ready for the big stage
October 23, 2018
Micke looked uncomfortable on the big stage against Vici Gaming in ESL One Hamburg. The carry finished with a KDA of 13/8/7.
ANALYSIS
Micke struggled early on with his Ember Spirit in Game 1. But with efficient rotations, he clawed right back in as he dictated the tempo of the game. His itemization showed how much he trusted Qojqva's skill in carrying the game later on as Alliance took control of the mid game. He even had a nice highlight play as he dodged Yang's Reverse Polarity with a Eul's Scepter of Divinity. But his lack of damage eventually bit Alliance in the back as Vici Gaming fight back. Micke's fortunes did not change much in Game 2 with his Luna. He struggled against Yang's Pugna early on and was relegated to the jungle early. Alliance could not hold on long enough for Micke to have any semblance of farm.
Questionable performance from Alliance support
October 23, 2018
Insania couldn't find any rhythm to his play against Vici Gaming. The support finished with a KDA of 6/12/11.
ANALYSIS
Insania played his signature Phoenix in Game 1 of the series. His early rotations managed to help Alliance secure a small lead. But as mid game rolled in his Supernovas lacked the impact to swing things in his team's favor. In Game 2, Insania switched it up with Bane. He managed to secure First Blood against Yang's Pugna. But that was the only good play that came from Insania in Game 2. His pick didn't really pay any dividends for Alliance as they were just heavily stomped by Vici Gaming.
Gambles did not pay off
October 23, 2018
Boxi took too many uncalculated risks for Alliance as they are dominated by Vici Gaming. The offlaner finished with a KDA of 5/16/4.
ANALYSIS
Boxi's Brewmaster had a favourable match up against Paparazzi's Terrorblade. While he gave up First Blood, he continued the pressure and slowed down Paparazzi's farm quite a bit as he killed him a couple of times. But without a Black King Bar, he couldn't cast Primal Split against the Global Silences. Boxi switched it up with Monkey King in Game 2. He couldn't replicate his laning success in Game 1 as Paparazzi just feasted on his MK.
Good Reverse Polarities secured comeback
October 23, 2018
Yang did a lot of the dirty work for Vici Gaming as they pulled off the clean 2-0 against Alliance. The offlaner finished with a KDA of 2/9/20.
ANALYSIS
Yang kicked off the series with Magnus. He was finding a lot of farm against Micke's Ember Spirit early on. He had a number of good Reverse Polarities that really helped Vici with their comeback bid. Yang decided to play Pugna in Game 2 of the series. Despite giving off First Blood, he managed to find the farm and even took out an early tower for Vici Gaming. His positioning and Nether Ward use was clean for Vici Gaming as they easily took Game 2.
Shrugged off his early game woes
October 23, 2018
Paparazzi took over for Vici Gaming against Alliance in ESL One Hamburg. The mechanically gifted carry finished with a KDA of 24/7/20.
ANALYSIS
Paparazzi kicked off the series with Terrorblade. He turned things around against Boxi's Brewmaster early by picking up the key First Blood. But the early boon was negated by Alliance as they piled the pressure against him. Eventually he still found his farm as once Vici Gaming started playing around the Metamorphosis, Paparazzi just rolled over the Alliance lineup. In Game 2, Paparazzi played Gyrocopter alongside Fade's Io. He was farming incredibly fast and he managed to dictate the pace of the game in his favor.
Perfect performance from the mid laner
October 23, 2018
Ori did not die a single time against Alliance. The Chinese mid laner finished with a KDA of 19/0/15.
ANALYSIS
Ori went with Lina in Game 1 of the series. He couldn't pressure qojqva's Lone Druid early. He decided to rotate early and often which allowed Vici Gaming to keep within striking distance. Ori was rarely making any mistakes throughout the game as he was the heart of the Vici Gaming offensive. Ori played Necrophos in Game 2. This time around he managed to outplay Qojqva in lane as he built a tremendous lead early on. After a quick Hood of Defiance, Alliance could no longer touch him.
Rough series but pulled through for team
October 23, 2018
Fade had his struggles but Vici Gaming still dominate Alliance in ESL One Hamburg. The young support finished with a KDA of 5/8/32.
ANALYSIS
Fade's Silencer secured a lot of farm for Yang's Magnus early. But once mid game rolled in, his usefulness quickly waned. His Global Silences were good but Alliance were just playing around its long cooldown. But a couple of mistakes from Alliance allowed Vici Gaming to complete their comeback. Fade took his chances with Io in Game 2. Alongside Paparazzi's Gyrocopter, the duo dominated Boxi's offlane Monkey King.
Impressive Necrophos play from Secret offlaner
October 23, 2018
Zai's good showing against Evil Geniuses was just enough for a draw at ESL One Hamburg. The offlaner finished with a KDA of 16/11/25.
ANALYSIS
Zai played Centaur Warrunner in the opening game of the series. Despite being on a recently buffed hero, Zai just couldn't make it work early. He barely had any farm that he finished his Tranquil Boots at the 14 minute mark. In Game 2, Zai managed to bounce back with his Necrophos. From a forgettable Game 1, Zai managed to bag the game-high 14 kills after outplaying Arteezy's Terrorblade in the laning stage.
Weird roaming Ancient Apparition did not pay off
October 23, 2018
Yapzor had an efficient series against Evil Geniuses at ESL One Hamburg. The flamboyant support finished with a KDA of 8/7/29.
ANALYSIS
Yapzor went with Ancient Apparition in Game 1. He dedicated much of his time early to rotating. Unfortunately for Secret, his rotations did not amount too much as Ancient Apparition isn't really known to be an early game presence. In Game 2, Yapzor managed to turned things around with his signature Rubick. This time around, Yapzor didn't roam around too much and Secret was all the better for it. He managed to be involved in 31 of his team's 44 kills.
Looked more comfortable on a tempo hero
October 23, 2018
Nisha wasn't at his best but Secret still force the draw against Evil Geniuses at ESL One Hamburg. The young carry finished with a KDA of 9/4/27.
ANALYSIS
Nisha had a nightmare opener with his Luna. He couldn't do anything against s4's Batrider in lane. While he still found some farm for himself as he retreated to the jungle it was just too slow. He had zero kills and five deaths in Game 1. In Game 2, he turned things around with a much more active hero in Mirana. His shift to the midlane worked out wonderfully for Secret as he dictated the tempo of the game. His impressive Sacred Arrows allowed Secret to take favorable fights throughout the game.
Odd Earthshaker pick did not pay off for Secret
October 23, 2018
MidOne's versatility was on full display as Secret force the draw against Evil Geniuses at ESL One Hamburg. The star midlaner finished with a KDA of 14/9/22.
ANALYSIS
MidOne opened up the series with a mid Earthshaker. The odd pick worked out terribly for Secret as CCnC's Dragon Knight just had an easy time against him. While he picked up a quick 10 minute Blink Dagger it just couldn't turn around the game for Secret. In Game 2, shifted to the safelane with Monkey King. He picked up a seven minute Hand of Midas because of a favorable lane against S4's Dragon Knight. His farming game was just pitch perfect as he eventually took over the game.
Poor second game spelled the doom for EG
October 23, 2018
S4 wasn't in top form against Team Secret at ESL One Hamburg. The veteran finished with a KDA of 5/10/22.
ANALYSIS
S4 kicked off the series with Batrider in Game 1. He had an easy time early on laning against Nisha's Luna. S4 managed an impressive 10 minute Boots of Travel which allowed him to be at the right place at the right time. He was involved in 23 of his team's 30 kills and Secret just couldn't keep up. S4's fortunes turned around in Game 2 with Dragon Knight. On a more greedier hero, s4 just couldn't make the tempo plays he is known for. He died eight times and didn't really amount to much in the 28 minute game.
Settled for a draw against Secret
October 23, 2018
Fly had a good showing against Team Secret as Evil Geniuses settle for a draw at ESL One Hamburg. The Israeli captain finished with a KDA of 4/14/15
ANALYSIS
Fly played Bane in Game 1 of the series. He helped secure a good lane for S4's Batrider. His ward game was also on point as he read Puppey like an open book throughout the easy victory. In Game 2, Fly didn't really do much on his Ogre. He managed to pile the pressure in the very early moments of the game but afterwards he was just free gold for Secret. His ten deaths were the highest in the game.
Erratic performance from EG's star support
October 23, 2018
Cr1t had his ups and downs against Team Secret at ESL One Hamburg. The support finished with a KDA of 4/15/25.
ANALYSIS
Cr1t opened up the series perfectly with his Io play. Alongside Arteezy's Gyrocopter, he managed to take over the game with his early game pressure and sustain. He only died four times which was an impressive feat for the hero. Cr1t did a complete 180 in Game 2 with his Earth Spirit. His rotations didn't do anything for EG as they were dominated by Secret in Game 2.