After dropping to Ninjas in Pyjamas (NiP) 2-0 in the Winner’s bracket semi-finals, Gambit Esports made a lower bracket run to defeat NiP 3-1 in a rematch on the grand finals of the WePlay! Dota 2 Valentine Madness.
In game 1, Gambit’s Tusk, played by Fng; Phoenix played by Immersion; and Daxak’s Visage with Vlads and Domi helped Alfoninje’s SF and Old_AKyjlbi4’s CK to snowball against NiP.PPD’s Lich, Ace’s PA, Saksa’s Magnus , 33’s Tidehunter, and Fata’s Monkeyking. Despite having better teamfight potential, NiP did not manage to get the trades they want due to Visage’s familiars and dominated creeps that help Gambit to push into a 20-minute GG to take the lead at 1-0.
With Gambit looking to get a 2-0 with another Tusk and Visage combo their own misplays gave NiP.Fata opportunity to dive Gambit into their Tier 2’s while allowing Saksa’s Sven and Ace’s Lycan to push fast and kill Gambit.Old_AKyjlbi4’s Tidehunter, Immersion’s Shadow Shaman, and Alfoninje’s Troll Warlord. With the backup of PPD’s Lich and 33’s Phoenix, NiP managed to secure a convincing 24-minute gg at 25-6 score to even the game at 1-1.
Through Fng’s Jakiro, Immersion’s Nyx, and Old_AKyjlbi4’s Doom pressuring every lane, the three gave enough space for Daxak’s Ursa and Alfoninje’s Medusa to stomp PPD’s Elder Titan, Ace’s Lifestealer, Saksa’s KOTL, 33’s Prophet, and Fata’s Razor in a 28-minute gg as Gambit takes down NiP’s last tier 2 tower to secure a 2-1 lead.
For the winning game, Gambit played Undying on Fng, Old_AKyjlbi4 on Night Stalker, Alfoninje on Ursa, Immersion on Earth Spirit, and Visage on Daxak again played against PPD’s Lich, Ace’s Troll, Saksa’s KOTL, 33’s Phoenix, and Fata’s Bristleback.
In the beginning, NiP and Gambit were on even terms, with multi-hero Chain Frosts from PPD and all NiP running around while Alfoninje’s Ursa took kills with the help of ES and Undying. However, Gambit took the lead after a successful Rosh fight, and with Night Stalker and Visage building auras as Undying rushed his Aghanims, Gambit just won every fight. Even if KOTL and Phoenix synchronized their Will-o-Wisp and Supernova combo, Gambit just ran away and returned to the fight after as Undying just stole NiP’s strengths to eventually take megas and win the championhip 3-1 after 35 minutes.
Featuring a valentine theme for the casters and setup, WePlay also prepared 12 teams, with Gambit winning $50k, followed by NiP with $20k, and Na’Vi with $10k. The madness series of WePlay also celebrated the season of Valentines by creating a fun setup for casters as they were asked to wore onesies and cast and analyze games on a pink couch and bed.