TNC Predator Win MDL Chengdu Major
The first Dota 2 Major of the season – MDL Chengdu in a wrap, we look at how the finals played out.
After a week full of fantasy series, clutch moments and epic surprises, it’s finally time to say goodbye to the first Major of the 2019-2020 DPC season. Although the absolute best teams in the world took a break, it was still a joy to watch.
Let’s take a look at what happened on the last day of the MDL Chengdu Major.
TNC Predator vs Invictus Gaming
The first series of the day was the Lower Bracket finals between TNC and Invictus Gaming. Both of these teams played phenomenally so far but as expected, the SEA powerhouse was just a little bit better compared to their enemies.
At this point, every single team knows how to play in this patch and which heroes to pick. That’s why it was no surprise that TNC went for the classic Morph + ES combo. On the other hand, the Summit 11 Minor Champions stuck with what they enjoy the most. As a result, game one of this series lasted just 30 minutes. Having little to no challenge, TNC ripped through the competition and was only one game away from the Grand Final.
With just one game away from elimination, the Chinese completely changed their draft. This time, they’ve picked Morphling for themselves in an attempt to take down TNC. However, this was not the case.
Similar to game one, the SEA powerhouse absolutely “slapped” iG. They got themselves an excellent start that allowed their core heroes to snowball out of control. Having no way to hold their ground, Invictus Gaming had no other choice but to GG 32 minutes in, sending TNC to the Grand Final.
Although the Summit 11 Champs did not make it to the end, they’ve clearly sent a message that they are back. It will be very interesting to see what will happen to them in the next DPC events.
Well, that concludes our journey of this Chengdu Major.
From qualifying @BeyondTheSummit minor, to third place of Chengdu Major, the result has surprised many. Thanks to all the people who have been supporting us along the way. We will come back stronger. pic.twitter.com/7FGub7gcTk
— Invictus Gaming (@invgaming) November 24, 2019
The Grand Final – Vici vs TNC
Headed into the finals, Vici Gaming were the clear favorites. Having defeated TNC in decisive fashion just two days ago, the Chinese Dota powerhouse most likely expected more of the same here. But as we got into game, Vici’s set plays and rotations kept hitting a brick wall against TNC’s individual talent. With the match on the line, VG looked lost, attempting the same thing over and over to no avail.
Game one ended in a stomp. TNC looked confident and heading into game two, there was more of the same. With Armel Paul “Armel” Tabios playing out of his mind on Venomancer, and Gabbi cleaning up on Morphling – the same pick that had done so well against iG – there was little Vici could do.
But just as things seemed helpless, Vici made a stand. In game three, Vici took to the field with a Timbersaw/Pangolier combination that clearly caught their opponents off guard. After a crucial fight at Roshan, the momentum shifted and VG picked up the win, and must have had a reverse sweep on their minds.
Initially, game four made it look like that reverse sweep might just happen. TNC started off strong, with their Morphling/Naga Siren combo. But after some unfavorable fights, the team found themselves trailing despite a kill lead. Every catch or assassination TNC managed to get, iG countered with one or more return kills. Overall, the matchup was typified by the incredible display from Zeng “Ori” Jiaoyang as his Templar Assassin took over the game.
— Beyond the Summit (@BeyondTheSummit) November 24, 2019
But something happened to Vici as the game pushed past 30 minutes. The team seemed to lack the confidence to push the high ground and score the win. This gave time for TNC’s cores to build up strength. And once again, Gabbi’s Morphling started to get rolling. By the time VG were once again in a position to end the game, it was already over. TNC’s comeback win had ended the series, and crowned them as champions at the MDL Chengdu Major.
Vici Gaming leave the tournament in second place after a heartbreaking loss, and a denied reverse sweep. They take the short trip home, having secured 3000 DPC points, and $160,000 in prize money.
TNC Predator are making a good case for a year of dominance. The team has won two straight tournaments, starting with ESL One Hamburg, and now here. Their mid laner, Gabbi, was rightfully named the MVP, in part for his amazing performance on Morphling. TNC take home a well earned $300,000, and 4,850 DPC points, and are odds on favorites to secure another top finish in their next event.
— TNC Predator 🇵🇭 @ MDL Chengdu 🇨🇳 Major (@TNCPredator) November 24, 2019