ROG Masters 2017 saw Team Empire from Dota 2 and Gambit Gaming from CS:GO walked away with $117,500 respectively

By Kurtis Chan on Dec 11, 2017

ROG Masters saw teams from four regions- Americas, EMEA, China, and APAC battling it out in Dota 2 and CS:GO for a total prize pool of $470,000 (RM1.9million). During the Grand Finals, Team Empire emerged victorious against favorites OpTic Gaming in a best of five series in Dota 2, while Gambit Gaming stomped China's TyLoo to be crowned as the CS:GO Champions.

Image taken from ROG Masters
Image taken from ROG Masters

The day began with the CS:GO Grand Finals between crowd favorites, Gambit Gaming against TyLoo. Map 1 of the finals was played in Overpass where TyLoo took the early lead. Despite the deficit, Gambit turned the tides and ended game 1 16-14. Game 2 was a breeze for Gambit at Inferno as they took the game 16-4. TyLoo was dominant throughout map 3 at Train and the crowd expected them to take the map as all hope was lost for Gambit. However, Gambit unbelievably came back from a huge deficit to close the gap and take the lead. Ultimately, Gambit was far too strong for TyLoo to handle as Gambit took the game with the score of 19-16, taking the trophy and prize money of $117,500 (RM480,000) home.

Image taken from ROG Masters
Image taken from ROG Masters

The Grand Finals of Dota 2 between EMEA's Team Empire and Americas' OpTic Gaming followed immediately after CS:GO. The crowd had OpTic Gaming's back with former TI5 winner, ppd leading the team. Game 1 started off with OpTic Gaming taking the early lead but they could not find a way to push into the high ground, which led to Team Empire's comeback, taking the lead 1-0. Thanks to ppd's amazing drafting, OpTic Gaming secured a rather fast game 2 victory at 36 minutes, forcing out GGs from Team Empire. OpTic Gaming continued riding this momentum and ended game 3 two minutes longer than game 2, thanks to stand-in player, Saksa's outstanding performance on Shadow Shaman and Zai's well-placed Hookshots for a majority of the game.

Game 4 seemed to be the last game of the night where Pajkatt's Spirit Bear managed to rat Empire's bottom tier-3 tower while a team fight happened at the opposite side of the map. However, a fight during the later stage of the game saw OpTic's core and carry fall, and Team Empire seized the opportunity to even out the series 2-2. The deciding game 5 was a deja vu for OpTic Gaming. Similar to game 1, OpTic failed to push up to the high ground of Team Empire even though OpTic's Lina was farmed, thanks to their sturdy defense. The game lasted for slightly more than an hour and Empire's Medusa has her items maxed out for a comeback and winning the entire tournament. Team Empire celebrated their victory back lifting the trophy and the mock cheque of $117,500 (RM480,000).

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Kurtis Chan
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Assistant Editor at Gamehubs who is an e-Sports enthusiast (mainly on League of Legends and Overwatch). Still saving up for a PS4.....
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