With just eight teams at the StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor Season 2, the group stages are being played in a best-of-three
With Alliance behind on heroes against
The first two games were highly competitive as the teams proved to be equally matched, but there is no doubt the third match between these two teams
During the early phase of game three, it looked certain that Alliance was going to end things quickly, as they took a decisive 11,000 gold lead against
Alliance continued to make mistakes by taking team fights without their core heroes, which had commentator Kyle Freedman in disbelief, to the point of swearing on stream.
With Winstrike exponentially building more and more momentum each time they took a team fight, they were able to blow up Alliance’s heroes, specially with the use of their key area-of-effect spells.
With three Winstrike heroes down, because of a long drawn-out team fight prior, Zaur “Cooman” Shakhmurzaev Cooman and Alexander “Nofear” Churochkin took it upon themselves to even out the game. They threw multiple spells in the Rosh pit, causing the Alliance heroes to fall.
The longer the game stretched, the more difficult it would be for Alliance to win, so they decided to dive in the Dire base and take out the last two remaining barracks, but it cost them dearly as Micke’s Sven failed to teleport out to a lucky bash stun by Airat “Silent” Gaziev’s Spectre.
While the late game team fights worked in Winstrike’s favor, their lineup couldn’t quite keep up against Alliance’s mega