HappyFeet received a tier 1 invite to the SEA qualifier of ESL One Hamburg, and claimed the first place with a solid win streak.
As a tier 1 invite, HappyFeet joined the qualifier starting from the quarterfinals. They dropped the first game of the Bo3 against WG.Unity, but afterwards defeated all opponents without losing a single match. They had a 7-0 win streak at the end of the tournament.
Twelve teams fought during the qualifier, but only the best one obtained an invite for ESL One Hamburg. The Major will start on October 26th, and will feature eight teams contending the $1,000,000 prize pool.
In the Grand Finals, HappyFeet faced Clutch Gamers in a best-of-five. CG also had an almost perfect run so far, losing only a match against Fnatic in the semifinals.
HappyFeet vs Clutch Gamers Bo5 recap
HappyFeet won the first match with a positive 22k gold lead. The first big fights took place at 13 minutes, and Clutch Gamers lost most of them.
Starting from the 20 minute mark, HappyFeet secured the game with an always increasing advantage. Benhur "Benhur" Lawis scored 11-2-16 with puck in the mid lane, and got a six-slotted inventory before the end of the match. Slark, played by Jayjay "Yaj" Garan, was undefeated 16 to 0, and continued spreading terror in Clutch Gamer’s lines with his constant ganks.
Game two was likewise unbalanced, and ended 33:11 for HappyFeet. Once again Benhur carried his team to victory with an amazing QoP that scored 15-0. The captain, Jessie Cristy "JessieVash" Cuyco, had a great impact with his roamer Silencer - he made many successful ganks along all the early and mid game.
This time the game ended with a net worth advantage of more than 23k.
While the first three games were relatively fast, the third lasted more than 1 hour. Clutch Gamers finally found the energy to fight against HappyFeet.
Multiple ganks and fights took place on the map since the very start of the match. In the first 45 minutes, no team earned a real lead over the other.
Armel Paul "Armel" Tabios on Viper was able to farm over 750 last hits despite the numerous ganks attempted against him during the lane phase. CG’s Legion Commander was also well farmed, and his duels represented a big threat for the late game.
On HappyFeet side, the man to defeat was once again Benhur, who played Phantom Lancer in the mid . He could farm even against Viper, thanks to the support of the team. The teamfights in the last 20 minutes were entirely under his control because CG didn’t have enough AoE damage to take care of his illusions.
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