Fnatic are the Dota Summit 12 champions

Fnatic annihilated OG Seed 3-0 in the grand finals of the Dota Summit 12, the final LAN before the Dota 2 circuit heads into a hiatus because of the coronavirus outbreak. The grand final didn’t feel like one at all, all the games combined lasting for a little over 96 minutes (17:50, 25:58 and 51:48). Fnatic take home $60,500 in prize money, along with a trophy which is a hybrid between a duck and Troll Warlord.

For the first time ever, we can call ourselves Dota 2 international champions! 🖤🧡

The boys take The Summit 12 Grand Final with a 3-0 against @OGesports.Seed!

We waited a long time. But, Southeast Asia, today we can be proud! 🇹🇭🇲🇾🇸🇬🇵🇭🇹🇭 pic.twitter.com/818gzTxGuZ

In game 1, Fnatic picked up the Alchemist and OG Seed picked Ursa to counter it. With a core combination of Void Spirit and Ursa, OG Seed had to play fast and try to win the game early. But a series of early game deaths led them to lose the game in the timeframe they should have won it in.

Game 2 saw OG Seed go with a Spectre to play for the late game against Ember Spirit and Anti-Mage. But that meant the other four heroes of OG Seed would need to hold the game till Spectre came online. The game depended a lot on Chessie doing well against Moon in the mid lane, but Moon just destroyed his opponent’s Void Spirit with his Ember Spirit. Having won none of the three lanes, the loss was inevitable.

Game 3 was where OG seed did put up a fight, but at a certain point, 23Savage’s Slark became a raid boss and there was nothing OG Seed could do about it. Slark would pounce in (with an Aghanim’s Scepter), do some chip damage on buildings and pounce out, all the time being healed by Omniknight and buffed by Heavenly Grace along two Lotus Orbs to protect him. The 17 year old played it out perfectly to get the win in the final game in just under 52 minutes. The total kill score for the series (three games combined) was 110-37, which is a clear indication that Fnatic were deserving winners.

OG Seed put up some great performances at Dota Summit 12, especially against Evil Geniuses in the lower bracket finals. They surpassed expectations, but fell short by quite a bit against a Fnatic team who didn’t lose a single series throughout the tournament. Fnatic have had 9th-12th place finishes in both the Majors this year, and it will be a major mental boost for them to lift this trophy (even though the trophy is a weird one). 23Savage did mention at the end of the tournament that he took a bit of time to settle into the team, but that issue now seems to be behind him.

With the end of the Summit 12, we head into a period of uncertainity, where the schedule of the DPC system is unknown. The LA Major, which was supposed to start on the 15th of March, has been cancelled due to Covid 19. ESL are working with Valve to reschedule the tournament, but that could be more than a few weeks away. Till the pandemic is on the decline and things start to get back to normal again, enjoy playing some Dota 2 at home, avoid public places and stay safe.

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