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Leads his team one step closer to securing a Major invitation
April 24, 2018
SVG secured a 2-0 win against Optic Gaming in a best-of-two series in the Supermajor North American qualifiers. He finished with an overall KDA of 10/7/35.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 SVG played Witch Doctor. Its difficult to really show off at Witch Doctor, but SVG played a commendable game against Optic. His positioning was good, meaning he got to live through most fights, and he provided some great utility with his stun, healing, and damage. He finished with a 6/3/17 KDA. In Game 2 SVG played Disruptor, giving VGJ.S a large amount of teamfight and chase potential. With vision from MSS' Night Stalker, SVG was able to use Glimpse to devastating effect. He finished with a 4/4/18 KDA.
Terrific series against Optic
April 24, 2018
MSS played very well in two convincing wins against Optic Gaming in a best-of-two series in the Supermajor North American qualifiers. He finished with an overall KDA of 13/11/44.
ANALYSIS
MSS played Sand King in Game 1, delivering almost non-stop initiation for his team. After finishing up a Blink Dagger at 14 minutes, VGJ.Storm's teamfight was truly enabled. Not only did MSS provide valuable initiation, but he was often in position to counter-initiate and turn the tides of any fights that looked to be going in Optic's favor. MSS finished with a 5/5/28 KDA. MSS played Night Stalker in Game 2, leading the way into battle against Optic. He gave VGJ.S an overwhelming vision advantage at night, letting them take easy fights against a clueless opponent. MSS was also a valuable member of the VGJ.S front-line responsible for keeping the focus away from Resolut1on's Sniper. MSS finished with an 8/6/16 KDA.
Solid offlane performance for VGJ.Storm
April 24, 2018
Sneyking was excellent in both games of a win vs Optic Gaming in a best-of-two series in the Supermajor North American qualifiers. He finished with an overall KDA of 14/6/37.
ANALYSIS
Sneyking played Nature's Prophet in Game 1, dominating the game from start to finish. He played very well in lane and was able to leverage his global pressure into a nice early lead for VGJ.Storm that they were able to hold on to and snowball into an eventual win. Sneyking finished with a 12/3/21 KDA. In Game 2 Sneyking played Omniknight, supporting his two cores to an overwhelming victory against Optic. In fights he sat by Resolut1on's Omniknight and kept him alive in addition to doing the same for his other teammates when he could. He managed to do this without giving up many deaths himself, with only one of his three deaths taking place outside the lane phase. He finished with a 2/3/16 KDA.
Commanding win for VGJ.Storm's middle lane
April 24, 2018
Resolut1on played a great series vs Optic Gaming in a best-of-two in the Supermajor North American qualifiers. He finished with an overall KDA of 18/3/41.
ANALYSIS
Resolut1on played very well on Leshrac in Game 1. His positioning in fights allowed him to live through most engagements, giving him the opportunity to put out insane AoE damage. In VGJ.Storm's 32-minute win here, Resolut1on lead the server in damage done with a whopping 22,400. He finished with an 11/3/22 KDA. Resolut1on played Sniper in Game 2, managing to avoid giving up a single death. With MSS and YawaR in front of him and Sneyking's Omniknight backing him up, Resolut1onlution was a complete nightmare for Optic. There was no good answer to his range, and although his damage wasn't always amazing Resolut1on was always alive and poking away at Optic. He finished with a 7/0/19 KDA.
Two dominant games against Optic
April 24, 2018
YawaR played a very clean series in a win against Optic Gaming in a best-of-two in the Supermajor North American qualifiers. He finished with an overall KDA of 23/3/24.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 YawaR played an excellent Chaos Knight. Aside from two deaths in the lane phase, and one in the late-game that didn't end up mattering, YawaR played fantastic all game long. His positioning always allowed him to get into fights and latch onto key targets, bursting them down in practically no time at all. He finished with a 9/3/7 KDA. In Game 2 YawaR played Gyrocopter, delivering another very impressive carry performance for VGJ.S. He was able to shut down 33's Dragon Knight in lane and secure an extremely strong start for himself. YawaR remained equally as deadly in fights as the game went on, delivering huge AoE damage that Optic simply had no answer to. He finished with a perfect 14/0/17 KDA.
Major hopes cut short
April 24, 2018
ppd finished with a 0/20/19 overall KDA in a 2-0 loss to VGJ.Storm, eliminating Optic from the Supermajor qualifiers.
ANALYSIS
ppd got absolutely crushed on Bane in Game 1. He couldn't get much done in lane and going into the mid and late game he was almost completely useless. All it took was a sneeze from any of the VGJ.Storm cores and ppd went down. He finished with a 0/13/11 KDA. In Game 2 ppd had another rough game. He played Rubick this time, but outside of a couple a few nice steals of Repel he was very ineffective against VGJ.S. He finished with a 0/7/8 KDA.
Weak series from Optic's support
April 24, 2018
zai had a rough time against VGJ.Storm, finishing with a 6/16/20 overall KDA in a 2-0 loss, eliminating Optic from the Supermajor qualifiers.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 zai played Beastmaster, struggling to get much done. He lacked the experience and gold of a traditional position three Beastmaster, which really hurt his ability to get into the thick of fights. He finished the game with a 3/8/12 KDA. In Game 2 zai played Clockwerk. He made some nice plays in lane, but his fortune didn't extend much past that. He had to initiate for Optic, which meant that he ended up dying in practically every fight. He finished with a 3/8/8 KDA.
Rough series ends Optic's Supermajor hopes
April 24, 2018
33 finished with an overall KDA of 3/11/11 in a 2-0 loss to Optic Gaming, eliminating Optic from the Supermajor qualifiers.
ANALYSIS
33 played Puck in Game 1. He made some nice plays in teamfights but ultimately couldn't contribute enough to make up for the shortcomings of the rest of his team. VGJ.Storm did a good job dealing with 33, ensuring that he wasn't able to snowball out of control and make up for the rest of Optic's shortcomings. 33 finished with a 2/3/10 KDA. 33 played Dragon Knight in Game 2, getting totally shut down from the moment the game started. He died three times in the first 10 minutes, barely getting any farm in between dying. He was nothing more than a stun in fights and died without much resistance. He finished with a 1/8/1 KDA.
Weak series from Optic's middle lane
April 24, 2018
CC&C played poorly in a 2-0 loss to VGJ.Storm, eliminating Optic from the Supermajor qualifiers. He finished with an overall KDA of 5/18/12.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 CC&C played an underwhelming Razor. He got absolutely obliterated in lane, which set him up for disaster in the rest of the game. Without being on at least even footing, Razor feels incredibly weak and this game was a perfect example of that. CC&C finished with a 4/11/8 KDA. In Game 2 CC&C played Death Prophet, once again getting basically shut out of the game by VGJ.Storm's pressure. He was completely ineffective in fights, never living long enough to get value from Exorcism or do any meaningful tower damage. He finished with a 1/7/3 KDA.
Eliminated from NA Supermajor qualifier
April 24, 2018
Pajkatt finished with an overall KDA of 16/14/4 in a 2-0 loss to VGJ.Storm, eliminating Optic from the Supermajor qualifiers.
ANALYSIS
Pajkatt had a rough time on Troll Warlord in Game 1. He got off to an okay start, but things quickly started to fall apart as the lane phase ended. He struggled tremendously in fights against all the kiting from VGJ.Storm, rarely ever getting to connect with the enemy in teamfights. He finished with an 8/8/1 KDA. In Game 2 Pajkatt played Luna. He played quite well given the dire circumstances that Optic quickly found itself in. While the rest of his team was getting absolutely smashed, Pajkatt was able to keep up his farm. He went for a hail-mary play trying to solo-kill the VGJ.S throne and was actually only 300 HP away from stealing the game away, but VGJ.S managed to respond in time and lock Optic out of the game. He finished with a 7/6/3 KDA.
Gets his competitive debut on Team Empire
April 16, 2018
In a release on its website today, Empire confirmed that the rookie Naive would be joining the team to replace Nix in the carry position.
ANALYSIS
Naive has never played competitively, and is just 17 years old, but is currently the number seven ranked player on the European Dota 2 leaderboards. The leaderboards have been a valuable place to source talent from in the past, leading to careers like gh and Miracle's, to name a few.
Joins VGJ.Storm
April 14, 2018
VGJ.Storm announced via its website that Resolut1on would be joining the team to replace Timado.
ANALYSIS
In the post it mentioned that this decision was partially made due to an undisclosed situation, yet to be resolved, that prevented Timado from attending team boot camps. VGJ has been on the fringe, despite reforming with a new roster after dumping the former members of isGG. Resolution certainly gives this team a better chance to make it to The International 2018, but the odds are still against them.
Terrible series from the SG roaming support
April 14, 2018
Thiolicor couldn't make any tempo plays for SG esports against Natus Vincere in StarLadder. The roaming support finished with a KDA of 2/13/5.
ANALYSIS
Thiolicor started the series in the worst way possible with Nyx Assassin. Despite the excellent kit of Nyx Assassin to get himself involved in team fights, Thiolicor was involved in none of SG's kills in the series opener. Game 2 started better for Thiolicor as his perfect Ice Shard secured the first blood against LebronDota. But that was pretty much the only good play of Thiolicor in the series.
Forgetabble showing from SG offlane
April 14, 2018
Liposa was a non-factor for SG esports in their defeat against Natus Vincere in StarLadder. The offlaner finished with a KDA of 2/10/3.
ANALYSIS
Liposa could not keep up with the blazing tempo that Natus Vincere set against SG. His risky Razor pick in the first game never got any farm apart from a Drums of Endurance and a Force Staff. While his Centaur Warrunner had a more fruitful laning stage getting his Blink Dagger at the 13-minute mark but his initiation was sloppy at best.
Poor farming game spelled doom for SG
April 14, 2018
Costabile could simply not step it up for SG in their elimination match against Natus Vincere in StarLadder. The carry finished with a KDA of 1/6/7.
ANALYSIS
Costabile never averaged above 400 gold per minute in the two-game series. He was always pressured effectively by Navi's GeneraL and Crystallize. He never had the space to farm easily during the laning stage and it really hurt his chances of scaling well. He only managed one kill in the series that didn't even last 50 minutes.