Team OG, also known as Obviously Gods, has won the the Manila Major here in Pasay City, Philippines. The team’s victory makes them the first team to ever win two Major tournament in the series, the first victory being the Frankfurt Major back in November 2015.
OG’s opponents, Team Liquid fought their way in the lower bracket, going up against Chinese team, Newbee with a winning score of 2-1 to claim their spot in the grand finals against Team OG.
The grand finals was a best of five series, with Team Liquid dominating the first match. FATA-‘s Timbersaw was really troublesome to deal with because of his escape mechanisms and on-point gank timing. JerAx’s Disruptor was an amazing support, assisting the team with the Glimpse and Kinetic Field.
Team OG bounced back in game two, ending the match 10 seconds earlier than Team Liquid’s time in the first match. Miracle’s Juggernaut was able to find the necessary hero pick-offs, which gave N0tails’ Faceless Void ample space to farm. Fly’s Phoenix pick also led the team to victory with 22 assists, particularly with the hero’s Sun Ray ability.
Team OG was happy with the combination of heroes in game two, so in game three, they picked Faceless Void, Juggernaut, and Phoenix again, with Sven for its stun and cleave abilities, as well as Lion for its disable and nuke damage Death Finger ultimate. Team Liquid’s Kuroky made some awesome saves with Vengeful Spirit, which ultimately sacrificed her and giving the opponents even more experience and gold.
In game 4, we were hoping that Team Liquid would buck up and reset the series to go to a game 5. But, we were proven wrong with Miracle- as Templar Assassin and N0tail as the Wraith King. Miracle-‘s hero could deal an insane amount of damage with his critical hits and item build, while N0tail just kept coming back into the fight with his ‘Reincarnation’ skill. Not to mention Moonmeander’s Batrider was there to hand pick who to kill, and Fly’s Phoenix to assist with additional damage and healing abilities.
The Manila Major concluded with Team OG claiming its second Major trophy, along with the USD$1.1 million (approximately RM4.4 million) prize. To catch all the action on the Manila Major, catch replays of the tournament on Astro’s very own eGG Network or Astro on the Go, channel 808.
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