This article was originally written by Wei Jun “Alucard”.
[img]http://www.gamesync.net/img/flags/flag_sg.gif[/img] Zenith defeated [img]http://www.gamesync.net/img/flags/flag_th.gif[/img] ng.Gz (Thailand) 2-1 in a best of three format on the first playday of the GG-Game Asia DotA Championship Phase 2.
In game 1, Zenith, playing on the sentinel side, lost to ng.Gz. As the game was reloaded the replay was not complete.
In Game 2, the heroes removed & picked were as follows:
[img]http://www.gamesync.net/img/flags/flag_sg.gif[/img] Zenith: Puck, Sandking, Nerubian Assassin
[img]http://www.gamesync.net/img/flags/flag_th.gif[/img] nG.Gz: Beastmaster, Twin Headed Dragon, Slayer
[img]http://www.gamesync.net/img/flags/flag_sg.gif[/img] Zenith: Bristleback, Shadowfiend, Tormented Soul, Zeus, Tiny
[img]http://www.gamesync.net/img/flags/flag_th.gif[/img] nG.Gz: Queen of Pain, Priestess of the Moon, Warlock, Razor, Lord of Avernus
Zenith was playing on Scourge for the second game. SF soloed middle against Razor, BB and Zeus took the top lane while Tiny and TS partnered at the bottom lane. There was not much movement throughout the early to mid game for both teams as Zenith concentrated much on farming.
Towards the mid to late game, Zenith started picking out the end gamers of ng.Gz, mainly their PotM and Razor. This resulted in very slow farming for the end gamers of ng.Gz. When Zenith mounted their first push, ng.Gz was unable to defend the middle two rax. They soon lost the bottom two rax in another push and shortly later, the World Tree fell, netting Zenith a win.
Game 3 was pretty one sided from the start. Zenith picked 4 supporting heroes and 1 end gamer. At the start, Zenith’s Sandking was camping at the top rune spot. One would notice that in many recent Zenith games, they would always have one hero waiting for the first rune to spawn.
Although Zenith gave away the first two deaths of the game, they regained control fast. Tinker raked up 7 kills early in the game, putting Zenith in the driver’s seat. Zenith never lost much of their advantage as they went around the map killing heroes while the sole end gamer, Chaos Knight played by hyhy slowly farmed up.
Zenith first push did not turn out well as half the team was taken out. However, they mounted a second one and managed to take out the middle two rax. From this point,, there was no turning back as Zenith took out the bottom two rax in short order, and GGs was exchanged between the 2 teams.