Telkom Digital Gaming League (DGL) | DotA2 Emerald Genesis Proving Grounds
18 January 2017 | Round 3 Results
The 3rd Round of the DotA2 Emerald Genesis Proving Grounds played out last night and saw the final 8 teams battling it out to win the tournament. The further a team gets in this tournament, the higher their seed in the Emerald Showdown on the 30th of January 2017. A higher seed is a very slight, but very important, advantage teams take into the Emerald Showdown. If you want to see the entire tournament bracket, please head directly over to the official Digital Gaming League tournament page here. If you’re confused about how all the Emerald qualifiers tie into each other, read our article explaining it all here.
Round 3 results:
- Constant 2 – 0 Mythic Gaming
- Sini5ter Valhalla 1 – 2 HiVe Gaming Entropy
- DUC! 2 – 0 Ventus Red DotA2
- ALG Vintage 0 – 2 Valk Magni
As we get closer to the final few matches left in this DotA2 tournament, things are certainly starting to heat up. Matches between teams are now getting even tighter as we get closer to the culmination of the DGL DotA2 Emerald Genesis Proving Grounds. The two DGL Ladder Division teams, that have had an almost exclusive run facing other teams from the Ladder, finally faced off against each other last night. Ultimately it’s Valk Magni who advance, putting ALG Vintage to the sword with a 2 – 0 victory. I’ll be honest, I never saw Valk Magni getting this far in the tournament. Elsewhere, DUC! and Ventus Red DotA2 faced off in what would be a bit of a one sided affair last night. DUC! earned a relatively straightforward 2 – 0 victory over Ventus Red DotA2. DUC! now advance to play Valk Magni and this matchup has got to be just a little more ominous for Valk Magni. I think it’s safe to say that DUC! will be happy with their prospects against the DGL Ladder team.
In the top half of the tournament bracket, Constant unceremoniously dumped another of my Top 3 predictions out of the tournament with a 2 – 0 victory over Mythic Gaming. This result is an interesting one as my money was firmly on Mythic Gaming. Constant had a better draft in Game 1 and bullied Mythic out of the match. In Game 2 Mythic Gaming seemed to reverse these fortunes, now bullying Constant throughout the early game. Instead of wrapping up the win, Mythic Gaming made a few bad calls in the mid/late game transition period. These small mistakes let Constant back into the game, and they never looked back. The DotA2 swing mechanic is probably the most balanced thing about the game, let’s be honest!
The biggest surprise of the night, however, has to be the story of Hive Gaming. These guys have been working really hard ever since DGC 2016 in order to finally make the grind up to Premier Division this year. All that hard work appears to have paid off, because last night Hive Gaming earned a closely fought 2 – 1 victory over Sin5 Valhalla. This is a pretty big deal for the players from Hive Gaming, as you may remember that it was Sin5 Valhalla who I predicted would make it the finals to come second overall. This is the same Sin5 Valhalla who also managed to dumped Pulse Gaming Salt (my first place prediction) from the tournament just two nights ago. For Hive Gaming to surpass this monumental hurdle marks a turning point in their development as a DotA2 team. Well played Hive Gaming, and all the other winning teams last night!
Round 4 takes place tonight at 20h30:
The following 4 teams were eliminated in Round 3:
- Mythic Gaming (DGL Second Div)
- Sini5ter Valhalla (DGL Second Div)
- Ventus Red DotA2 (DGL First Div)
- Ventus Red DotA2 used to be Ventus Green. They recently changed their name and moved around a few players. I suspect it has something to do with red being the evolved form of green in the Ventus Pokemon cosmology? Or they’re switching players between stronger/weaker teams since there is no roster lock? I’m not sure what the point of this is, to be honest.
- ALG Vintage (DGL Ladder Div)
While out of this tournament, the 4 eliminated teams have ample time to start preparations for next series of DotA2 scheduled events. The Telkom DGL Leg 1 and the Emerald Showdown are both coming up quickly and these teams will appreciate the extra time to prepare.
Emerald Do-or-Die Proving Grounds | 23 January 2017
Just a quick reminder to all the DGL DotA2 teams out there looking to have serious runs this year. The next qualifier cup is the Emerald Do-or-Die Proving Grounds and it starts on the 23rd of January 2017. To take part in this cup you need to head over to the official DGL website here and register before the 22nd of January 2017. The Top 8 teams from here will face the Top 8 from the Emerald Proving Grounds in the Emerald Showdown on the 30th of January. The Top 2 from there head straight to the Community Shield to battle it out for a seed at the DGL Masters Cup! At the time of writing this article only 10/128 teams have signed up for the Emerald Do-or-Die Proving Grounds. So what are you waiting for?