We take a look at what happened on the last day of this amazing Minor.
WePlay!’s Bukovel Minor was an amazing tournament to watch. It was the second Minor in the 2019-2020 DPC and the first big tournament of 2020. Eight of the best teams in the world went head to head in order to decide who will claim the big prize.
Let’s see what happened on day 4 of this event. If you missed out on any of the action from the previous days, click here.
Nigma vs Geek Fam
— Team Nigma (@teamnigma) January 12, 2020
The first series of the day was the LB Final between TI 7 champions and the SEA powerhouse. Both teams played fairly well so far, although Geek Fam definitely exceeded the expectations.
On the contrary, Nigma has been relatively unstable throughout this tournament. Many people predicted that they will easily rip through the competition here but that’s far from the truth.
Game one between these two teams wasn’t all that interesting to watch. In fact, it was one of the slowest games of the entire tournament. Both teams didn’t really play too aggressively as they emphasized more on farming.
However, the late-game actually favored Nigma a lot more thanks to their PL. As a result, the EU team slowly pushed their enemies and claimed the lead in the series.
Unlike game one, the second one was definitely more engaging in terms of fights. Both teams tried their best to take lead in the series but in the end, it Nigma that grabbed the lead. Amer "Miracle-" Al-Barkawi’s Ember Spirit had the time of his life. Needless to say, he was one of the main reasons for the success of TI 7 champions.
The Grand Final
Royal Never Give Up vs Nigma
— Team Nigma (@teamnigma) January 13, 2020
After a very interesting series, the ex-Team Liquid lineup made it to the Grand Final. That said, they had to face one of the biggest sensations of this tournament so far - Royal Never Give Up. The Chinese powerhouse has been absolutely amazing throughout the entire event, which definitely made them the favorite here.
The first game of this series had a relatively slow speed because Nigma picked an Alchemist. However, the early and mid-game didn’t really go in their favor, which forced them to play defensively. On the other hand, RNGU was slowly building their damage until their OD and Drow became unstoppable.
After a very messy fight went in their favor, the Chinese were able to claim the win in the series.
Following their loss, Nigma decided to pick more convenient heroes. As a result, Miracle- was put on his signature Phantom Lancer, a hero that he plays nearly flawlessly. Despite having some tricky moments in the first couple of minutes, TI 7 champs were able to secure a decent amount of farm for their carry.
Unfortunately, things went downhill for them once Lifestealer got a couple of items. Together with the QoP, RNGU ripped through Nigma in the last couple of team fights. However, even when things looked absolutely dreadful, Miracle- still shined. He purchased a Divine Rapier, which changed the game completely. In the end, after 80 minutes of amazing Dota, Nigma was able to claim the victory.
After the amazing victory, the EU powerhouse played very confidently in the third game. They stomped the early game and allowed Aliwi "w33" Omar’s TA to snowball out of control. In the end, Nigma needed just 23 minutes to force their enemies to say GG.
The Last Game
Ggs to @RNGRoyal , on to the major!
— Aliwi Omar (@NigmaW33) January 13, 2020
After the quick win in the third game, the last game of this series was yet another one-hour long massacre. In fact, it was very similar to the second one in terms of how it went.
In the beginning, Royal Never Give Up had a massive lead of nearly 40k net worth and everyone thought that we are about to see a game five. However, that was not the case because Nigma proved why they finished second at TI 9.
After a couple of perfect team fights going in favor of the EU team, they suddenly took over. Even though the Chinese still had a chance to win, it felt like they were stunned from what just happened. Of course, Nigma took full advantage of this and delivered their knock-out punch.
Despite the shaky start, Nigma managed to win the second Minor of the 2019-2020 DPC. Nevertheless, it definitely wasn’t a walk in the park for them because they did a lot of mistakes along the way. We can only hope that they will learn from them because the Leipzig Major starts soon.