Published on September 5th, 2016 | by David0
Murloc Geniuses Defeat Denial eSports To Win NA Fall Regional.
In the final day of the NA Fall Regional #2, Murloc Geniuses once again reigned supreme by defeating the resilient Denial eSports 3-2. With the win, Murloc Geniuses became the first NA team to win back-to-back regionals in the same year. In the ensuing tiebreaker, Denial eSports triumphed over Gale Force eSports, securing North America’s final spot at Blizzcon 2016.
Although Denial eSports lost early in the first NA regional, the team would not disappoint again. In the first semifinals, Denial crushed Astral Authority 3-0.
In the first game on Cursed Hollow, Astral Authority immediately drafted Medivh and complimented him with Lunara, Li-Ming, Auriel, and Muradin. Denial responded with a highly mobile and sustainable composition: Greymane, Brightwing, Falstad, Tassadar, and Leoric. Astral controlled the game early on, securing the first curse of the game. However, Denial stole Astral’s boss and the momentum. From that point on, Denial grabbed the reins and never let go, taking a 1-0 series lead.
In game 2 on Tomb of the Spider Queen, Denial selected Kerrigan and Sylvanas. Astral Authority once again brought out their secret weapon Chen. Although game 1 was close, Denial annihilated Astral Authority. At the end of the 12 minute game, Denial did not lose a single tower, secured 20 kills, and led by 5 levels.
After the game 2 slaughter, Denial took their opponents to Sky Temple. While not as one-sided as game 2, Denial easily triumphed by constantly winning the numerous team fights. With the 3-0 victory, Denial waltzed into the grand finals without losing a single game.
In arguably the most thrilling series of the tournament, Murloc Geniuses squeaked by Team Neventic with a back-and-forth 3-2 victory. Going into this series, Murloc Geniuses had already secured their spot at Blizzcon. However, their only loss in the first NA regional was to Naventic. Although they had the chance to appear in all three of 2016’s global championships, Naventic unfortunately will not participate at Blizzcon.
The series started on Tomb of the Spider Queen. Naventic drafted an intimidating team fight composition, highlighted by a rare Tyrande selection. Murloc Geniuses’ weak team fight draft had no answer for the numerous stuns and damage output from Naventic. Naventic quickly snatched the momentum and cruised to a 1-0 lead.
In game 2 on Towers of Doom, Murloc Geniuses drafted Stitches who was played by Fury. Stitches secured several critical Hooks and thus kills, allowing Murloc Geniuses to establish a seemingly insurmountable lead with a 32 to 1 core health lead. Naventic, however, showed their composure and experience. With Auriel’s Crystal Aegis, Tyrael’s Sanctification, and Brightwing’s Iceblock; Stitches’s Hook and Gorge combo could no longer reliably secure kills. As a result, Naventic commenced an unbelievable comeback. At the end of the game, Murloc Geniuses’s advantage tumbled down to just a mere 2-1 core health lead. However, in the final fight, Fury’s Stitches landed a critical Hook onto the enemy Auriel, while Falstad used Wind Tunnel to push the rest of Naventic back. After killing the isolated Auriel, Fury once again landed a Hook onto Lunara, sealing Naventic’s fate and tying up the series 1-1.
Game 3 might be the most talked about of the series. Naventic finally showed why all of the NA teams have consistently banned Lt. Morales during the tournament. In game 3 on Sky Temple, Naventic drafted Tyrael and Lt. Morales with the plan to backdoor Murloc Geniuses’ core by using Morales’s Medivac and Tyrael’s Sanctification. Within ten minutes of the game, Naventic successfully destroyed Murloc Geniuses’ upper keep and removed 40% of their core’s health. In the final game sequence, Murloc Geniuses marched towards Naventic’s bottom keep, while Naventic immediately flew towards Murloc’s core. I suggest watching the video below to see how this game unfolded.
In the fifth game, Naventic selected Infernal Shrines as the final map. Naventic centered their lineup around Greymane by complimenting him with Uther, Tyrael, Tassadar, and Li-Ming. Conversely, Murloc Geniuses drafted a more well-rounded composition composed of Zagara, Rehgar, Kerrigan, E.T.C., and Tychus. The Murlocs dominated with constant kills and team fight victories. Despite some hiccups and sloppy decision making towards the end of the game, Murloc Genisues’ lead was too large for Naventic to rally.
In the grand finals, Murloc Geniuses showed why they were the defending NA champions by narrowly defeating Denial eSports 3-2. Many disregarded Murloc Geniuses’ win at the first regional as a fluke. However, once again, Murloc Geniuses proved the doubters wrong by defending their championship.