After a super dominant run across the three qualifiers days in the American competition, Digital Chaos booked their tickets to Manila Major with a surgical execution in the grand finals.
Digital Chaos had a slow start in the last day of the American playoffs qualifiers. Their 10 game winning streak was interrupted by Shazam who claimed the first Grand Finals spot. A totally unfortunate turn of events forced Dragneel to forfeit the lower bracket finals after Mason 'mason' Venne addressed severe internet issues causing DC to suddenly advance to the grand finals for a rematch against Shazam.
This time around the revamped roster of DC was not messing around anymore with weird or uncharacteristic hero picks-- instead they displayed high discipline and clean execution in all three games played.
For the opening game of the series Shazam tried a mid lane Mirana draft with huge ganking potential and a late game predicated on a Lifestealer carry. But DC quickly read their intention and countered Shazam’s game with a Bounty Hunter.
Martin 'Saksa' Sazdov was DC’s main weapon for a safe early game. For the entire laning stage he continuously scouted the opposite team on his Bounty Hunter and even boosted the reliable gold for DC with early courier snipes. Early aggressive wards and the bounty factor made Shazam fail all their ganking attempts and in the end they lost the control over the game.
Only 18 minutes into the game Shazam was in a desperate situation and tried to recover with a four man smoke Roshan attempt but they were scouted by DC and scattered out from the Pit. However, they tried again two minutes later and again were contested but this time Digital Chaos didn’t allow them to retreat and that single team fight where the Aegis was placed on DC’s Slardar won the entire game.
The same clean, perfect objective Dota was displayed by Digital Chaos once again in the second match of the series. Without any interest to fight from both teams, the scoreboard was frozen with just one kill at the 13 minute mark and started to slowly grow once Aliwi 'w33' Omar reached level 11 on his Dragon Knight and DC started to play the five man Dota. With an interesting Dragon Lance item build for the Dragon Knight, meant to enhance his early push power, DC closed the game under 25 minutes with a 15-5 kill score lead.
One step away from qualifying for the Manila Major, Digital Chaos continued to play extremely passive prioritizing the farm above everything else during the laning phase, despite securing a draft with good pick off potential or super early aggressiveness.
The story from game two repeated, only with different heroes line-ups. DC didn’t make any move until they felt safe to group up and force Shazam into a defensive stance. The farming battle was won by Roman 'Resolut1on' Fominok’ Gyrocopter rather fast and Digital Chaos claimed the Manila Major qualifier spot in yet another game won before the 30 minute mark.
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