Alliance Conquers MegaFon Champions League Season 2
Posted 19th December 2018 By: Derpina    219 Views
Esports News – After six days of intense and brutal competition, MegaFon Champions League Season 2 crowned Alliance as its new champion. The winning team defeated High Ground 2-1 in the final round and went home with a 300,000 RUB top prize.
This victory is Alliance’s 7th minor title since July of this year. Their participation in online Dota 2 events is equally impressive, especially at big LAN events such as WSOE, ESL One Hamburg 2018, and Kuala Lumpur Major. Alliance is qualified to participate in The Chongqing Major coming up at the end of next month.
Tournament format and recap
The second season of MegaFon Champions League featured 16 Dota 2 teams taking part in a single-elimination, playoff-only format. Eight out of 16 teams came from direct invites, including the winning team, Alliance. The official battle began with a first-round, single game shootout where one loss means elimination. The remaining teams then headed to the best-of-three quarterfinals and semifinals to determine the dominating teams competing in the grand finals. A best of five series determined the champion.
Alliance’s tournament run wasn’t smooth sailing. On round 1, they faced Marlerino eSports and clinched the victory after 19 minutes. Other teams who dominated the round were Spirit, Unchained Esport, Napalm, KP, Team MD, High Ground, and Bursa. The second round of the quarterfinals saw favored teams fighting for a spot in the next round. Alliance faced Napalm and secured a slot after a 2-1 tally. On the upper bracket, Unchained Esport fell apart early against Spirit, while High Ground and Bursa dominated the lower bracket.
The semifinals cut the teams down to four: Spirit, Alliance, High Ground, and Bursa. It was a familiar battle for three of the remaining teams since they competed against each other at the I Can’t Believe It’s Not Summit, a tournament series organized by Beyond The Summit. High Ground won the spot after defeating Bursa in a 2-0 sweep where one of their wins overcame a 10-kill disadvantage. Alliance, on the other hand, managed to closed the round out against Spirit after two games that lasted for 51 and 40 minutes.
The grand finals instantly showcased Alliance’s clear advantage over High Ground. The game was under the control of Alliance all throughout the finals. The winning team dismissed High Ground in 18 minutes with an impressive 30-6 kill advantage, and secured the title after a 2-1 victory.
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