Dota 2: Chatting it up with the BIG 4
NEWS | Noxville | DOTA | March 2, 2013
Following on from our analysis of the Premier Division, we caught up with a representative from each of the “Big Four” teams to chat about their general feelings and opinions regarding Leg 1, and looking forward to the start of Leg 2.
Ryan “xeRa” O’Doherty, Energy eSports Peter “FancyPants” Long How, ROCCAT Gaming
Anthony “scant” Hodgson, Bravado Gaming Wazeer “Waz_Mac” Kamdar, Immersion Bashers
The "Top 4" (Energy, Bashers, Roccat & Bravado) haven’t dropped a single game against the bottom 4 yet, do you think this will change with 4 weeks left to go, and if not, who do you predict is going to manage to do well enough in the playoffs to remain in the Premier Division for Leg 2?
xeRa: “No, the way things are looking now I don't see any of the Top 4 losing to any other team in the premier league. VnR is probably the top contender for upsetting a Top 4 team at the moment. VnR & kknP should manage to survive in the Premier Division.”
FancyPants: “The Top 4 teams in the log are currently the 4 teams you mentioned, and they’ll be looking to stay there until the end of the leg. I haven’t really been following many of the other games, as most teams seem to schedule their matches for Sundays and this leads to a lot of games being played simultaneously.
I did manage to watch game one of eN vs kknP, and kknP were looking very strong early game. Apart from that game, I haven’t really seen enough of the other teams to comment. VnR should finish comfortably far from the bottom, as they’ve managed to beat most of the teams at the bottom of the log already.”
scant: “It won't change. In this particular case, the "Top 4" are called that for a reason. They are not at a level which is unreachable by other teams in SA, but they are certainly at one which is, as of yet, unreached (by anyone else). It would be a major upset for one of them to lose to one of the other four teams. VnR will probably stay up. The rest of the spots are up for grabs, I'd imagine.”
Waz_mac: “VnR have the best chance of hooking in a win against one of the Top 4, and kknP did well in their first game against eN, but I would still be surprised to see an upset. Regarding Leg 2, seeing as that Premier League will grow to 10 teams, there is a very good chance that all the current Premier Teams will remain.
PtD will surely move up to Premier also, but the other First Division teams are unknown to me so it will be fun to see them in action during the playoffs.”
Energy is on a clean-sweep at the moment, sitting with four wins from their four matches. Two of their remaining matches are against Bashers and Bravado – your predictions for these matches?
xeRa:“I'd like to think we're going to win both games 2-0, not much point in betting against yourself :3”
FancyPants: “Energy has probably been the most consistent team over the past couple of weeks, especially during their drafting. They seem to do a lot of preparation for their games.
Either that or they’re very good at reading the teams they play against. The games will most likely be won or lost in the draft. The timing of the games is also a factor. Two weeks makes a big difference in terms of practice and strategies. I’ll probably bet on Energy for the first, Bravado for the second.”
scant: “I predict a 2-0 win in favour of Bravado against Energy. I think we are on the hottest form of anyone right now, and that Energy is our favourite matchup of the other top 3 teams to play. If that happens, it would be cool if the Bashers vs Energy match ended 1-1 because then all of the top four teams will end on the exact same number of points (assuming we all win our remaining matches vs non top 4 teams 2-0, which we will. )”
Waz_mac: “Games between the top 4 are too close to bet on, but if I am to predict anything, it would be that Energy won't remain undefeated by the end of the season. After all, just how many cheese strats CAN they have up their sleeves?!”
Progress Through Defeat (Alpha) is also on four wins out of four matches in the First Division. Do you you fear them in any way? Also, what about Matt's Fun Buddies (MFB) in the Second Division, which recently won a match (albeit a best-of-one) against Energy?
xeRa: “No, I still don’t see anyone other than the 'Top 4' really being able to compete with us. MfB are getting close to turning this Top 4 into a 'Top 5' and, even though they managed to beat us last night I don't feel they are there just yet. But, by the time they get to the premier league in leg 3 (which I’m confident they will), they will most likely be able to take some games from the Top 4”
FancyPants: “I haven’t followed much of PtD, but they definitely have players to watch out for. Mfb have been doing pretty well lately. I think a lot of teams underestimate them since we don’t really see much of them. They’re definitely a lot better than most of the teams in second division, and probably even first division, so it’s difficult to judge them based on those games.”
scant: “I'm not afraid of PTD (Alpha). They are working hard at their game and have a good attitude to improve but are not near our level yet. They could maybe be able to beat us in a BO1 soon – BO1’s are very unpredictable and it really depends on what happens on the day in a large part – but I don't expect a threat from them in any longer series.
That said, I think that MFB's bo1 win over Energy is significant, and not just a fluke. MFB are a team which deserves to be in the premier league and would be a frontrunner in competing for a top spot, probably ahead of PTD, I think. I was very impressed with how they beat Energy, as they seemed to have come up with a strategy which forced Energy out of their comfort zone. Unfortunately for MFB, they tried to use a similar strategy versus us later on and we were well prepared for it ;)”
Waz_mac: “PtD is definitely strong enough to be in premier division, but from when I last saw them, they didn't quite yet have the necessary experience and understanding of the game to be a real threat to the "top 4". If MfB were in the premier league, I think we might have seen a "top 5" emerge. Whilst their win the previous week against Roccat might have been attributed to poor play on Roccat's part, their win against eN was no fluke; their strategy and execution were, for the most part, impressive.”
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Please note that the opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and not Bravado Gaming.