Starting off their DPC season, OG went head-to-head against High-Coast Esports (formerly Chicken Fighters) and after three full games, OG took the series in classic fashion with their wonky drafts and lanes.
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Game 1: Clown drafts
Opening their series, OG played an interesting draft with Midone’s carry Juggernaut, Topson Invoker, Ceb offlane Monkey King, Saksa Naga Siren, and Notail Rubick. On the other hand, HCE played Charlie Troll Warlord, Supream Ember Spirit, Chessie offlane Pugna, Era Earth Spirit, and Xibbe Keeper of the Light.
Game 1 draft
It was a brawl between the two teams while their respective carries farmed, but with Saksa getting his Meteor Hammer, they easily obtained trade kills with his Naga chain disabling the enemies. To turn things further in their favor, Saksa set up a fight with Song of the Siren, Ensnare, and Meteor Hammer, Topson’s Invoker with Aghanim’s followed through with a great Cataclysm (Twitter).
Even though HCE secured great fights and pickoffs themselves, OG slowly began to pull away with Midone and Ceb securing high-damage items such as Aghanim’s, Witch Blade, and Mage Slayer. HCE held their high ground for a few more fights, but ultimately, OG’s much more reliable team fight abilities won them the first game after 42 minutes. Topson’s Invoker led OG’s win with 11/2/13 while all of OG secured two-digit assists each.
Game 1 stats
Game 2: HCE fights back
For the second game, OG went for a high-damage draft featuring Midone Phantom Assassin, Ceb Nature’s Prophet, and Topson’s last-pick Omniknight mid. Meanwhile, HCE focused on more disables with Chessie offlane Bloodseeker, Void Spirit mid for Supream, and a Shadow Demon + Witch Doctor support duo.
Game 2 draft
With Omniknight having to wait his Aghs’ Shard for a huge power spike with Hammer of Purity, HCE took advantage of this by grouping up early on to delay Topson’s farm. By 18 minutes, Topson had a record of 0/5/0 while his lane matchup is 5/1/5 as Void Spirit made moves on the map.
Topson vs Supream before 18 minutes
But as soon as OG’s cores got their core items around the 20-minute mark, OG began to turn the game into their favor. OG tried to approach high ground, but the kiting from HCE proved to be effective in fights as OG couldn’t do anything against the Demonic Purges of Shadow Demon as well as the other disables from the rest of HCE. In addition, OG couldn’t reset fights because HCE quickly focused Notail the moment they see him cast Supernova. In fact, HCE hit two birds with one stone as they managed to kill the Supernova with Topson inside of it, prompting Notail to tweet after the series that he killed Topson with a single spell (Twitter).
From over a 10k lead, HCE slowly came back into the game with their kills and high-ground defenses (Twitter). With no more buybacks on OG, HCE went straight down mid and finish the game at 49 minutes with a kill score of 49-29 in favor of HCE. HCE’s cores tallied double-digit kills each on top of an average of 20 assists each to force a deciding game 3.
Game 2 stats
Game 3: Topson Morphling is back
In the last game, HCE played for team fight with Mars, Puck, and a last-pick Terrorblade. OG countered this squishy draft with more disables featuring Topson’s Morphling mid and an Earth Spirit and Undying support combo.
Game 3 draft
Taking advantage of their high magic damage, Supream’s Puck roamed around the map to set fights, but quick responses from OG allowed them to successfully defend their mid tower and give Ceb Nyx an Ultra Kill 11 minutes into the game (Twitter).
With Topson Morphing into Puck, OG got themselves core kills early on, allowing Topson to reach 21 minutes with Manta and Aghs. Unlike his second game, Topson had more impact in the mid game compared to the mid Puck.
Supream vs Topson by 21 minutes
With Riki finishing his Battle Fury and Aghs the same time as Topson’s core items, OG rolled their draft into execution. With Morphling Morphing into Earth Spirit or Undying in fights, OG’s team fights became way more chaotic due to the double Rolling Boulders or Double Tombstones in fights.
With Riki and Morphling getting their core items at the same pace, OG controlled the momentum of the game by playing aggressive. With HCE having no space to farm, OG did not step on brakes as they trample towards HCE’s base. With a tanky Morphling (Twitter), HCE couldn’t do anything to stop him, forcing them to call gg before the 36-minute mark.
OG won the series with Topson and Midone leading the charge with 12 and 16 kills, respectively.
Game 3 stats
OG’s debut series with this new roster was pretty much a success because they still maintained their unconventional drafts and aggressive playstyle. In a few days, OG will return to face Mudgolems on January 27, 2021 - 03:55 UTC+8.
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