The DotA 2 Asia Championships 2017 is now over and what an event it was. The winners are iG and they very well deserved that, especially what we saw on the final day of the tournament.
They finished at the top of Group B, which was the more competitive group and then paved their way through the upper bracket until they met OG.
OG beat them in the upper bracket final 2:1, and iG dropped down to the lower bracket where they met Newbee and destroyed them in a quick 2:0 to become the “lower bracket champions”.
But next was OG again and most expected a decent fight out of iG against the favored OG squad, however, it wasn’t just a fight that iG pulled, it was a stomp.
As for the recap of the DotA 2 Asia Championship 2017 meta, read on from the list below:
- Monkey King pos4 is OP.
- Magnus, when in the right hands, just does too much.
- Alchemist and Naga are both in the meta and extremely hard to deal with, even if counter-picked.
- Lina needs a nerf on the level 10 experience talent.
- The time to play Invoker is now.
- Forget about picking supports first in CM. Go for cores because if you don’t, the other team will.
- 5 man DotA > split push (on most occasions).
- Supports that scale well into the late game are preferred i.e. Warlock, Visage, CM, etc.
- Games go later now so picking an offlane that scales well is also a must.
And that’s basically it for the DotA 2 7.04 meta situation. Finally, I will recap each team’s performance at the DAC 2017 in a few words.
Initially looked strong but predictable in their draft (it seemed they were almost always building their team around LS), which is maybe why OG beat them 2:1 the first time. However, they adapted really fast as they recognized their weakness and on the final day of DAC 2017, they looked unstoppable.
Looked unstoppable all the way up until the grand final against iG. I think that they just had a bad day especially Ana. It felt like they knew iG had figured them out and they didn’t have a response for it. Would love to see them play against iG again at the Kiev Major.
Surprisingly strong initially but then people saw that there’s no surprise there. Newbee really came down as a team at DAC 2017 and snatched a very prestigious 3rd place beating titans such as EG and iG.V on their way to that spot.
Another big surprise of the tournament was iG.V. Even though people knew they were a very strong team, most didn’t expect them to perform as well as they did.
Empire (5th – 6th)
Strong performance here and there but overall lacked consistency.
EG (5th – 6th)
Definitely one of the favorites for the tournament, however, when it came to it, it appeared as though EG had big problems with most Chinese teams as they weren’t used to their play style.
VGJ (7th – 8th)
Decent performance from VGJ with them being the only team to take 1 game from OG in the group stage. They surprised even further with their amazing comeback against NP in the first round of the lower bracket, however, they failed against iG.V, even though they had good chances and some could say that they threw that last third game.
Faceless (7th – 8th)
One of the most fan-favored teams didn’t perform as well as expected. They finished last in their group with just 2 points, however it seemed that they were onto something when they eliminated Liquid in the first round of the lower bracket. But then, it all came crashing down when they met EG in the next round.
LFY (9th – 12th)
Didn’t show great promise at first in the group stage, however, they did much better on the following days managing to finish 3rd in their group, even beating Wings 2:0. But, they were stopped by iG.V in the first round of the lower bracket.
NP (9th – 12th)
Very inconsistent in their games, they did OK in the group stage and had some memorable games (like the tiebreaker with Liquid), however, threw the bo1 against VGJ in the first round of the lower bracket.
Wings (9th – 12th)
It was pretty obvious that Wings were not that prepared for DAC 2017 judging by their picks initially. It seemed as though they were still not that aware of the new meta.
They did adapt as the tournament progressed and it almost seemed that the Wings we all love was back as we watched their game against EG in the first round of the lower bracket. However, EG pulled through even though they were 2 rax down and managed to end Wings’ run through the tournament.
Liquid (9th – 12th)
Liquid were one of the favorites to win this contest after their performance at Starladder i-League StarSeries Season 3 where they dominated almost everyone they faced.
However, it seemed as though the other teams had figured out exactly what to ban against them and when they did, Liquid struggled to put together picks that worked as well as they did at SL. Overall, probably the biggest upset of the tournament.
We learned a lot from the DotA 2 Asia Championships 2017 not only about the current 7.04 meta, but also about the rising power from the East.
It has been a while since a Chinese team has dominated a high-level tournament that much and it seems that this year, we might not be arguing over which EU or NA team will have the best chances of winning TI7, but also, which Chinese teams will be right there in the mix with them.
In the end, congratulations to iG on their well-deserved victory at DAC 2017 and best of luck to all of these DotA 2 teams.