G1 Qualifier Consolation Finals: Fnatic Finish 3rd
Posted 2013-04-29 ANdre_
Fnatic come up short against Team Liquid in 2 game thriller.
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It's the end of the road for the Fnatic boys. They come up short in game 2 after a spectacular comeback from Team Liquid. The early mid game composition of Fnatic allowed them to take an early lead in the match and it looked like the game was almost put away. However the mental toughness of Team Liquid allowed them to stay in the game and have a shot at a comeback towards the end, resulting in a 2:0 victory for them.
Team Liquid take the lead in this series with a quick game 1. Fnatic tried everything in their power to come back from the early deficit in Game 1 but it wasn't enough to overturn Team Liquid. Game two coming up shortly!
It's time for the consolation final with Fnatic taking on Team Liquid! Tune in now as game 1 will be getting underway any moment now.
(Best-of-3 / Quarter Finals)
(Best-of-3 / Semi Finals)
(Best-of-3 / Upper Bracket Finals)
(Best-of-3 / Consolation Final)
Were you worried going up against EG in the next round? Were you going to adapt to their style? How influential do you think their standin was on the final outcome.
I wasn't worried to play pretty much against any team since you have to beat every team anyway. We always know what the enemy team prefers to play so, obviously we sort of adapt to their playstyle but it's not that we are afraid to play against any hero if we know we gonna get a good exchange.
Something that probably a lot of people would like to know - could you explain us the theory behind having BoT on Storm? You seem to be a BoT person so to say, since we witnessed your PL having uncommon BoT in build, and now Storm.
I personally think BoTs are very underrated probably the most underrated item in the game. There should be at least 1 bots in the team just because its the best answer to 5 man dota, that's why Furion got so good again. Apart from that it's a tp on a tower that isn't delayed like normal tps are. There is a lot of factors that make BoTs such a great item.
Who would you like to face in the UB finals and why? Would it be Alliance or Na`Vi?
I actually don't care about either team, they both have have scary side. NTH is very consistent online and offline but Na'Vi usually has the random factor, you don't exactly know what to expect.
Do you think Fly is essential part of your drafting phase?
Yes, he was back in HoN and he is in Dota. He actually asked us if we wanna go without him because of the Italy bootcamp but we knew there is no way we'd make it or want to make it without him.
What are your thoughts on potentially making it to China?
We were in a small slump but always knew we can still beat anyone. Going to China is 1 important step towards the International and of course all of us want to have the experience for the first time playing against the Chinese teams.
How important would reaching the G1 be? Do you think your performance against the Chinese teams at the International (should you get a spot there) would be significantly better if you attended G1 league prior to it?
Well as I said, I think the most important part for us is, that we get the first peak into the eastern scene because just watching the matches is not the same as playing against them. And apart from that Era is really looking forward to pose to the camera at the intro. He prepared a crazy Kamehameha. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBJgbABsBrs
you gave both KOTL and PL to the opponents in the second game and heavily beaten them. Do you think you can handle this lane in any other match? There were many complaints about how overpowered it is, do you have more answers for it?
As I mentioned earlier it always depends on what trades you are going for. Going up against PL Kotl when you have Bat Storm and Naix. They are under constant pressure with the PL and it wont be easy at all to get into that phase were PL will just steamroll all over you and you can stop him from taking your tower.
how do you feel about your win over Kaipi? They seem to be a strong team with a lot of good results against top notch teams lately. What do you think about match overall considering it was a 2:1 score?
It felt good to win against Kaipi. Right now after EMS we really needed a win to get our morale up. Kaipi has beaten many good teams lately, so we felt like we have to play our best to win, especially with so much on the line. The game's themselves we're all fairly one sided, but we also learned more from these matches, especially the one we lost, as we always do.
What do you think about your recent performance as a team, and the recent LAN event at EMS? Do you think you could have done much better than you acctualy did? If so, what's the reason behind it.
I think our recent performance shows that we have not been practicing, and while I do think we could of done better, I don't think we would have won against Na`Vi in our current form. But yes, basically lack of practice was and is the issue.
Going into next round against EG, how confident do you feel about playing against them, considering they proved to be one of the toughest opponents for you guys?
It's been a while since we've played EG, so I am uncertain of how I feel going up against them. They have proven quite strong as of lately being able to beat Liquid (one of the better teams atm) more than once in different tournaments. I think we can win against them, but it won't be easy, hopefully we will be able to get practice in before the games, but since the game's are so early it might be difficult to do that.
Which team would you think has the most chances against the Chinese teams and why? Would you consider your team to be one of the best contenders to the Chinese?
From the western scene, I think it's rather safe to say that Na`Vi has the best chance. They have proven themselves to be the top contenders in the west once again, and I think that currently they are the team to beat outside of Asia. I think we have a chance against the Asian teams, like any other team, the one thing I am curious about is how Wisp will play out versus them, which I'm sure many viewers are also eager to see!
When will we see you back full time with the team? How are your courses going and are you satisfied with that? Does it affect you in terms of playing Dota a lot? Do you feel that you can retain on top of your skill with less practice due to this?
May will be a rough month for me in terms of Dota, as I will be traveling to the US for 7-8 days for some shootings of Commando Krav Maga, and after that I will be back in Italy for a week, and then on the 17th of may I return to Israel. I do have one more course when I get back to Israel which will be another 5-6 days, but after that I will be much more focused on Dota. The biggest impact it has is that we are not able to practice much together, we all play pubs including myself, but my schedule almost always clashes with the time everyone else can play - which is the evenings. So until we are able to practice a lot, we might not be as stable, but we can still perform well when needed, but not nearly as good as our potential is.
The initial upper bracket for the qualifiers is as follows:
The G1-League is set to begin on April 14th with 2 phases in the Western qualifiers; Phase 1 will see eight teams play in a single elimination Best-of-Three format with the top four teams qualifying into Phase 2, which will begin on the April 16th and a format of double elimination Best-Of-Three with the top two teams going to the LAN finals. Below you can find the twelve invited teams and schedule. More information can be found here
Phase 1 teams
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Phase 2 teams
G1-League is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the history of DotA and Dota 2. What's really interesting about the upcoming event, is that it will also feature an EU&NA qualifier, and our European Dota 2 squad find themselves among the just four teams who have received an invitation for Phase 2.
Fnatic, Natus Vincere, Team Liquid and No Tidehunter. Which of these favourites will find their way through the qualifiers of the G1-League, and will they be as successful as LGD.int was in the G-League when they reached the finals?
The format of the qualifiers as well as the schedule remains unknown, but what we do have is the prize pool as well as its distribution:
- 1st Place: 2500,00 RMB (~ $40,200)
- 2nd Place: 80,000 RMB (~ $12800)
- 3rd Place: 30,000 RMB (~ $4800)
- 4th Place: 20,000 RMB (~ $3200)
- 5th Place: 10,000 RMB (~ $1600)
- 6th Place: 10,000 RMB (~ $1600)
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