Mineski advanced to the Grand Finals of SL i-league Invitational S3 Minor after defeating compLexity gaming 2 to 1.
Mineski passed the Group A with a 2-1 score, moving to the best-of-three single elimination playoffs. Their first opponents were compLexity Gaming, that secured the first place in the Group B.
Each team won a game in the confrontation, but in the end Mineski prevailed with a spectacular final match. Kam "NaNa" Boon Seng was clearly one of the best players in the matchup, and showed great proficiency in both farming and ganking.
The Bo5 Grand Finals are planned for 18:00 CEST. Mineski will battle against the winner of the second Semifinal: Team Liquid or Team Secret.
Mineski vs compLexityBo3 recap
Mineski maintained the lead at all times during game one, ending it at 31 minutes with a 17k net worth advantage.
Only a bunch of fights took place in the early game, particularly in the Radiant safe lane where Pugna, Nightstalker, and Tusk faced Chaos Knight and Jakiro. Zakari "Zfreek" Freedman’s had to join his teammates with his roaming Kunkka to balance the fights.
Mineski won almost all lanes, while in the offlane both their Timbersaw and the enemy Omniknight freely farmed.
A first important teamfight happened at 15 minutes. Mineski killed four opponents without losing a single hero, and destroyed the tier 2 towers in the bot and top lanes.
NaNa overwhelmed coL with his mid Viper: he scored 13-1-15, and spread chaos in the enemy’s lines as soon as he got a Dragon Lance at minute 13.
At 20 and 22 minutes compLexity won two notable fights that brought more than 5k gold in their hands, but unfortunately their resistance was futile.
Mineski destroyed the mid barracks at about 23 minutes after a successful teamfight, and another one after a team wipe at 30. coL called GG.
In game two, Zakari "Zfreek" Freedman on Winter Wyvern was caught and killed multiple times since the early game. Daryl Koh "iceiceice" Pei Xiang’s Timbersaw this time didn’t work, and he lost the offlane against Bloodseeker and Warlock.
The most valuable player of the match was Rasmus "Chessie" Blomdin: he won the mid lane against Necrophos, bought the Veil of Discord and the Force Staff in just 13 minutes, and afterwards punished the entire enemy team. He was six-slotted by the end of the match.
Not many teamfight took place during the 36 minutes long match, mostly because Mineski couldn’t stop coL, that continued destroying towers almost uncontested.
A final battle at 34 minutes brought to the conclusion of game two. All Mineski’s barracks were destroyed, while coL’s tier 2 towers were still up.
Chai "Mushi" Yee Fung is back! The captain of Mineski expelled compLexity Gaming from the StarLadder Minor with his Sven, getting a 12-1-10 score.
In the first 15 minutes coL maintained a slight 3k lead, but afterwards Mineski took the control of the game up to the 34-17 victory at the 40 minute mark. CoL could bring down just the tier 1 towers.
The early game was full of fights, and we can count as many as 23 deaths in the initial 15 minutes.
In the mid game things went differently, and there was barely any gank. Mushi on Sven and NaNa on Tinker continued farming - the latter was six-slotted at just 39 minutes.
Also Anucha "Jabz" Jirawong played a great game on his roaming Earth Spirit, securing more than 20 kills for his teammates.
In the last 5 minutes of the match coL lost four successive teamfights and saw their base completely destroyed.
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