WCG.Asian DotA: Singapore vs China match report


This article was originally written by Lionel “hammy” Lee.

Advancing into the quater finals of the quarter-final stage of the World Cyber Games 2007 Asian Championships, [img]http://www.gamesync.net/img/flags/flag_sg.gif[/img] Micronology was Singapore’s sole flag bearer this year in the DotA Allstars division.

Having first pick, [img]http://www.gamesync.net/img/flags/flag_sg.gif[/img] Micronology drafted Queen of Pain (QoP), Warlock (WL), Sand King (SK), Silencer and Spectre, whereas [img]http://www.gamesync.net/img/flags/flag_cn.gif[/img] Clan World Elites picked BristleBack (BB), the tournament favourite, Viper, Nerubian Assasin (NA), Zeus and Shadow Fiend (SF).

As some of you might remember, the NA and SF were the star performers for [img]http://www.gamesync.net/img/flags/flag_sg.gif[/img] Micronology last night in the Singapore National Finals against team [img]http://www.gamesync.net/img/flags/flag_sg.gif[/img] Zenith. However, this time around, these hereos were picked by the team from China.

Some conflicts in [img]http://www.gamesync.net/img/flags/flag_sg.gif[/img] Micronology saw the SK buying wards at the start and giving away first blood to a soloing BB in an unbelievable moment of folly by Queen.

This led to some misunderstandings in the beginning, but team Micro fought back to reclaim some of the lost ground later on.

The NA was a huge factor against the Silencer who was soloing in middle lane. The Silencer was up against the SF, who was already doing very well on his own, landing many razes and hits on the paper thin hero Silencer.

In fact, Jovi “TruE/Moon” Sen Joon, the player controlling the silencer Silencer, commented at some point in the early game that middle lane was already lost.

The star performer in this game was the SF, which in a twist of fate, was the hero that won the crucial Singapore National Finals championship game for Micronology the day before.

The rune spots were also controlled very well by [img]http://www.gamesync.net/img/flags/flag_cn.gif[/img] Clan World Elites. For example, there was an instance where the SF had an Invisibility Rune and pwned the Silencer with 2 razes and a singular hit. The Silencer never stood a chance.

A favourable engagement in mid brought the morale of team Micronology back somewhat, bringing some much needed hope back to the already demoralised team.

Many a time, [img]http://www.gamesync.net/img/flags/flag_cn.gif[/img] Clan World Elites caught the Silencer off guard, luring many [img]http://www.gamesync.net/img/flags/flag_sg.gif[/img] Micronology players to teleport (TP) to mid to save him, causing many casualties on the Singapore side.

By early to mid game (around 30 mins), the SF was at least 2 levels higher than everyone else, and had no towers down on his side of the river (Sentinels), as opposed to 4 down on the Scourge. This led to [img]http://www.gamesync.net/img/flags/flag_sg.gif[/img] Micronology players being unable to farm neutral creeps safely, as the NA was constantly roaming all lanes on the map.

Engagements and clashes at this point ended up fruitless for team Singapore as the BristleBack was left relatively untouched for a large part of the game, enabling him to have better items and allowing him to tank far more damage than could be dealt.

Having very little disablers on [img]http://www.gamesync.net/img/flags/flag_cn.gif[/img] Clan World Elites meant that the farmers had to do really well in order to make up for that disadvantage, which they did, far exceeding the expectations of those who witnessed the match.

The top tower of the Scourge went down in an unstoppable push which saw the demise of many [img]http://www.gamesync.net/img/flags/flag_sg.gif[/img] Micronology heroes. TruE/moon even made a Crow to TP on towers and raxes when needed to make it invulnerable for just that little bit longer.

There was slight confusion amongst team Micronology about the saying of “GG” before the game was over and whether that meant that they had conceded the game, but that was soon cleared up.

With middle and top lane down, the Scourge put up some excellent defending which caused the game to drag on for a good 20 minutes or so, which did little to delay the inevitable.

Bottom lane soon went under, and so did hopes of Singapore retaining the title this year.

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