With OG eliminated in the lower bracket finals, the grand finals of the OGA Dota PIT Season 2: Europe/CIS event was set as Alliance would take on Team Nigma for the championship.
When Nigma and Alliance met in the upper bracket finals just yesterday, even though Alliance looked extremely strong early in the series, it was Nigma who managed to rip through their opponents and become the first grand finalists at OGA Dota PIT Season 2: EU/CIS. But Alliance were hungry for a rematch and after a strong series against OG, they got their wish.
While Alliance had looked extremely good against OG, Nigma just seemed to be in a category of their own as the grand finals got under way. Although Alliance had some brief moments where they almost found their way into the game, their difficulty to find farm on any of their core players showed as even an Anti-Mage from Nikolay ‘Nikobaby’ Nikolav was unable to bring Alliance out of hole. Game two was not even close though as Nigma turned up the heat and destroyed their opponent, with Amer ‘Miracle’ Al-Barkawi’s Spectre going 15-2-17 over the 35-minute game, claiming nearly half of his team’s kills.
With match and championship point, Nigma were, once again, looking amazing as they took the fight to Alliance with a Faceless Void, Magnus and Warlock lineup – giving them an amazing team fight lineup.
For much of the early game period, they were in control, utilizing their strong draft to their advantage but Alliance were not ready to give up just yet as they begun to take over the team fights and even giving themselves a small lead. The game descended into a massive back-and-forth brawl, as both teams took huge team fights, expending cooldowns and buybacks to secure a lead. When the dust settled, somehow Alliance were the ones left standing as they managed to take the series to a fourth game.
Game four was a very scrappy affair as both teams found skirmish battles across the map, with small advantages coming out for both sides. But, once again, it was Alliance who were found the perfect initiations and plays to undo any and everything Nigma did. A magnificent Slark from Nikobaby combined with a Disruptor from Artiom ‘fng’ Barshack was the downfall of Nigma as the series was now tied at 2-2.
The final and decisive game between the two teams was exactly what we expected – another back-and-forth brawl, with neither wanting to give up control and lose the series. The score at the end of the 42-minute battle was 38-39, with Nigma managing to squeeze out the victory, after being far behind in the mid-game period.
Unfortunately for Alliance, their amazing comeback does not end in a total reverse sweep as Nigma are crowned champions of OGA Dota PIT Season 2: EU/CIS – their first victory at an event since March this year and done without their famed captain, Kuro ‘KuroKy’ Salehi Takhasomi.