Alliance are the Champions of Epic League Division 2
CMD368 – Divisional Dota 2 events have been all the rage throughout 2020. The EPIC League is the most recent example of a two-stage tournament where a team drops down from Division One and takes the Division Two title.
As one of the final teams to be relegated from the upper-division into Division Two, Alliance didn’t have a lot of momentum going for them. But their powerhouse of a roster was more than enough to make up for that as they cleaned up the playoffs and took home the EPIC League Division Two title. They started in the lower bracket where they cut through Winstrike, Just Error, Spider Pigzs and Gambit Esports. Per tournament format, they also had to play two best-of-five series on the final two days and after Gambit’s incredible resilience forced Alliance to play all five games of the lower bracket finals on Saturday, Live to Win did the same in the grand finals, as they started the series very focused and took a 2-1 lead on the back of proven heroes in this meta, such as Sven and Spectre, picked in the same draft, or the powerful combo of Faceless Void-Snapfire played core.
🤠Div. 2 Champions!🤠
We take the match, the series and the division win!
A rough group stage but made up for it with a very entertaining LB run in the second division!🥳
— Alliance ☃🎄 (@theAllianceGG) December 13, 2020
However, the rather greedy Live to Win drafts were eventually figured out by Alliance and countered in the last two games of the series. Alliance forced the decisive game five by surprising the opposition with a mid lane Mirana for Linus “Limmp” Blomdin, who was the winning factor for the Swedish organization. He made the difference in the last game of the evening as well by crushing the mid lane on Razor and forcing LtW to fight way earlier than their Lifestealer – Sven duo core would have wanted to. The final match of the evening ended in just 22 minutes with Alliance leading on the killboard 11 to 1.
Epic League Division 2 final standings and prize pool distribution
1st place: $20,000 – Alliance
2nd place: $10,000 – Live to Win
3rd place: $7,000 – Gambit Esports
4th place: $4,000 – Spider Pigzs
5th-6th place: $2,500 – Chicken Fighters, Just Error
7th-8th place: $1,250 – mudgolems, Winstrike
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