Wings Gaming put together one of the most dominating performances in a Dota 2 tournament final to demolish Team Liquid with a 3-0 clean sweep to claim their first trophy.
The Chinese team had yet to claim the top honours of any tournament since they built their current roster following the TI5 reshuffle. But they constantly proved to possess great team chemistry with pushing and early-game aggression specialties; and their sticking together eventually paid off.
Nevertheless they began their Manila as the underdogs, playing curious heroes lineups in low-key matches throughout the bracket. None would have pegged them, even up to their semi-final face-off against world number two, Fnatic.
Routed in the first set, Wings Gaming then went ahead with comfort picks and played unpredictably, taking down more than a handful of giants and claimed snowball victories in the face of sure defeat.
Their final game against Team Liquid only sealed the notion further that the win against Fnatic was no fluke.
It was necessary to highlight that the team has done well to start with heroes that matches up to Zhou “bLink” Yang and his Invoker as well as taking a hero that focused on vision. Ultimately, it was their unpredictability that made them unstoppable.
bLink’s Invoker and Li “iceice” Peng had made excellent rotations to put on shining performances that won Wings the game. They constantly dismantled Liquid team by lone pick-offs, trade from Peng’s Earthshaker as well as Invoker’s typical yet ridiculous disruption in team fights and initiation.
Though it did not go well from them in Manila, fans of Team Liquid can still be hopeful for their team this season; they had been consistent throughout the tournament with fast early-game rotations and decisiveness. It is just a shame that it had not worked out well, as they called GG against Wings.