G-1 League Championship Season 5 Coverage HUB Submitted by 28awg on Sun, 31/03/2013 - 03:29
G-1 League Championship Season 5
I. A New Challenge Has Arrived
G-1 League Season 5 is here. The prestigious DotA league hosted by 17173 is now coming to Dota 2 the second time in a row. LGD.cn took the last title home after a convincing battle against DK and they would join the other two finalists, iG and NeolutionES.Orange, to battle the qualifying teams for the spots in the offline finals.
This year, however, G-1 is also expanding its reach out towards the Western scene which went completely untouched the last time around, as the 4 invited teams: Na'vi, nTh, Fnatic.eu and Team Liquid also have a chance to battle the best of the rest of Western Dota scene for the last 2 tickets to China, fully accommodated.
For those interested in what happened in Season 4, this is an excellent and well-done recap, courtesy of Team Liquid's coverage.
The tournament format, with a large amount of teams looking for qualification, has to be changed. Season 4 featured a 10 teams 2 Group finals, which is present this time around as well, but the teams are different. While Orange, DK, iG and the champion LGD.cn has showed their resolve and power the last time around, the rest of the teams will have to earn their spots. There are 6 slots left open in the finals, two would belong to the Western Qualified teams and the other 4 to the Eastern Qualified teams.
1. East Qualifier
Phase 1 of the Qualifier has ended.
Phase 2 of the Qualifier has ended
The group stage will follow a BO3 Round-robin format and the top team in each group will be heading to LAN finals. As for the 2nd and 3rd team in each group, they will join 3 more matches, deciding who will get the third ticket to the offline playoffs.
The groups are as followed (will be updated with results as the games are played out)
Introducing the Phase 3 Asia Finalists
Orange, the last Malaysian representative and the 3rd placer in the last G-League has a lot to live up to. They have been dubbed time and time again the best team in Asia, outside of China. Mushi and his team is back on Chinese ground this time around, with a vengeance. This time around, the group stage is no longer filled with dark horses, but the defending champion, the rising co-Western team and a compilation of old-school experienced and respected players. Things weren't easy last group stage, and it won't get easier now, but Mushi knows he's "too pro" for this.
LGD.cn has always been one of the forefronts of Chinese Dota, and the world over. The last G-1 League was the highest point of their Dota 2 career, edging out the world-champion iG in a dominant and convincing fashion and taking down the rampaging DK in the grand finals, has basked them under the spotlight despite a shaky start in the group stage and playoffs. Since then, the G-League Semi Finals and then the Chinese New Year had happened, Director 8 can still be seen in his office, busy crafting the next chapter for his team's next run in G-1 as the defending champion. Would the sequel to the autumn blockbuster be reproduced, or shall it fall flat like the G-League reboot.
The world awaits.
Rattle Snakes is the closest team to a Dark Horse in Group A. "Great individual plays do not outweight the importance of teamwork, especially at this level" said TongFu and For.love and even Rising Stars. However, there is one big difference between those teams and Rattle Snakes: Rattle Snakes is here in the Phase 3 qualifier, and they aren't. Rattle Snakes is obviously doing something very, very right. Perhaps it's the fact that they climb obstacles like stepping on foam, or the kind of relentless pressure backed up by individual brilliance that they display. Regardless, watch out, because Rattle Snakes might just upset the whole group and leave your favorite team packing for home.
The only semi-Western representative in Phase 3, LGD.int is here with something to prove. Fall just short for iG in the G-League, and to Orange in the GEST Dota 2 The Challenge #2, LGD.int has been craving for a title to fortify their name. A group of talented and dedicated non-Asian males amongst the billions of Chinese set to step out and win the heart of the millions of fans all over the world. Their dreams continue, but the conclusion has yet to be determined.
Invictus Gaming, some might argue they don't even need to be introduced. iG, standing tall as the champion of champions as they hold in their hands the TI2 and G-League wins. Many have question whether they can keep their top form, but the way they claim the G-League title shows they're still the calm and collective group of individuals who can show true teamwork and brilliance at the same time. If we were to talk about Dota 2, then undoubtedly iG is the team to beat, as there is simply no equal. However, if the teams in G-1 had actually believed that, they would not be here, waiting in the back waiting to overthrow the king and claim the prestigious title for themselves
The Chains Stack.
That's right, I couldn't believe it even though I have been with them all the way since the GMGPL Non-sea Qualifier (and the hilarious almost-disqualified incident during the semi-finals) to the end of Phase 2 Asia Qualifier for the G-1 League as they took down Rising Stars 2-0 and get their long awaited vengeance. They have gone a long way, as the ONLY (that's right, only) team qualified from Phase 1 to participate in Phase 3. Their teams, like the name, is a flow model of a number of chain links, strong individual and flexible collectively. There isn't a single shed of doubt that they are the dark horse of this competition, and their success are yet to be determined. However, underestimated and TCS has the capabilities of flipping the bets against them right on its head.
Perhaps it is fate that Yamateh and Mushi isn't in the same group this time around. They could still face each other if the group decides so, but that rivalry is for another day. Group B is perhaps the one with the most potential for upsets, and Zenith certainly has the ability to do so. Beheld as the top dog of Singapore for so long, they haven't had any regional titles for so long you have to wonder they'd have to bring their absolute A game to one such as this. However, Zenith is here. Words don't matter, results do, and they certainly have something to prove.
DK, on top of the world in 2011 and has been steadily going down in terms of titles. Second, second and second again, Burning hasn't gotten his hands on a trophy for years, not counting the minor "It's Gosu" at early 2012. Dubbed one of the 3 legendary "god" of carriers but he hasn't much on his hand. One would wonder what the team's form would be after quite a few months of glaring losses, especially Burning single handedly bringing PL back but still loses. They want the blood they thirst, and they might just get it.
The tournament would be spread into two phases. Unlike the Asia qualifier there isn't an open category for the West.
III. Putting on a Show
The schedules are as followed:
1. Evil Geniuses vs Absolute Legends - 16 SGT/10 CET
2. Virtus.Pro vs Mouz - 20 SGT/14 CET
3. Kaipi vs Team Empire - 16 SGT/10 CET
4. Qpad Red Pandas vs Team Dignitas - 20 SGT/14 CET
5. Winner of (1) vs Team Liquid - 16 SGT/ 10 CET
6. Winner of (3) vs Fnatic.EU - 20 SGT/ 14 CET
7. Winner of (2) vs No Tidehunter - 16 SGT/ 10 CET
8. Winner of (4) vs Natus Vincere - 20 SGT/ 14 CET
9. Loser of (5) vs Loser of (6) - 16 SGT/10 CET
10. Loser of (7) vs Loser of (8) - 20 SGT/14 CET
11. Winner of (5) vs Winner of (6) - 16 SGT/ 10 CET
12. Winner of (7) vs Winner of (8) - 20 SGT/ 14 CET
13. Winner of (9) vs Loser of (12) - 16 SGT/10 CET
14. Winner of (10) vs Loser of(11) - 20 SGT/14 CET
15. Winner of (13) vs Winner of (14) - 16 SGT/10 CET
16. Winner of (11) vs Winner of (12) - 20 SGT/14 CET(Winner Qualify)
17. Winner of (15) vs Loser of (16) - 16 SGT/14 CET (Winner Qualify)
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