Telkom Digital Gaming League (DGL) | Masters

23 – 30 January 2017 | DotA2 Round 1 Results

Leg 1 of the Telkom Digital Gaming League (DGL) kicked off on the 23rd of January 2017. Round 1 fixtures were scheduled for between the 23rd and 30th of January 2017. These first matches some of the bigger MGOs in South African competitive DotA2 up against smaller or new Masters MGOs. Where possible results are coupled with the Stream VOD so you can watch the matches if you’re interested.

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Telkom DGL Masters #DotA2 Round 1 Results:

Telkom DGL Masters newcomers eXdee Gaming (xD) faced off against Xperts @ Total Chaos (xTc) in their first ever Masters matchup. eXdee Gaming (who were the old Energy eSports side up until mid 2016) went into this matchup as the firm favourites. Xperts @ Total Chaos, however, are DGL Masters veterans and arguably one of the top 5 DotA2 teams going into 2017. Thus this match was far from concluded at the start of Game 1. The series between these two teams would go to the full three matches, with the ultimate victory going the way of xD (2 – 1). This result may appear close, but the games that xD won were absolute walkovers. Game 1 lasted only 18 minutes, while Game 3 went 39 minutes (though xD honestly had this in the bag much earlier than this). Game 2, which xTc fought hard to win, was clearly a game where xD felt confident enough to experiment with an odd draft. With many of the xD players out of their natural positions, or out of their comfort zones, xTc had enough quality in their lineup to make xD pay for this experimentation. Yet on the night xTc couldn’t stop xD again with xD claiming the Game 3, and series, victory.

Elsewhere, White Rabbit Gaming (WRG) were pitted against DGL Masters newcomer Pulse Gaming (PLT). The PLT roster consists mainly of the 2016 Pulse Reborn roster, but with a few changes. For many it would be a first time playing at the Masters level, and this inexperience showed. Additionally, they had to go up against 2016 DGL Masters champions WRG, who showed zero mercy. Game 1 lasted only 19 minutes while Game 2 lasted 25 minutes. To describe these matches as walkovers leaves something to be desired, as PLT were utterly educated by WRG. This is a harsh, if realistic, welcome to the DGL Masters for PLT. WRG walk away with some easily acquired points after their 2 – 0 victory.

In other matches, Aperture Gaming (ApG) make use of an unorthodox Adastam Vengeful Spirit pick, putting the sword to DGL Masters newcomers Ventus Gaming in a 2 – 0 series win in the process. Flipsid3 Tactics South Africa (F3) overcame Damage Control (DC) with a 2 – 0 series win. This is an expected start to ApG’s Leg 1 run, whereas F3 will be ecstatic with earning any points after their dismal 2016 DGL Masters performances. Both Ventus Gaming and DC will need to go back to the drawing board and come up with some magic before Round 2 starts soon, if they’re to turn this around quickly.

The most hotly contested series matchup had to be the fixture between Veneration eSports (VnR) and Energy eSports (eN). With tons of changes to both of these lineups from their 2016 counterparts, both these teams looked to be equally capable of securing victory in this fixture. Game 1 turned out to be a total disaster for eN, who came out of the draft sitting pretty but somehow unable to transition their draft advantage into any advantages during the game itself. VnR did exceptionally well in the early game, which utterly stopped eN in their tracks. The VnR supports did very well with their early rotations, helping McLaren Honda on Sniper secure an amazing early game that really helped VnR secure Game 1.

In Game 2 eN managed to turn the series around, levelling the scores at 1 – 1 with a pretty solid performance. In particular Chelsea on Invoker and ChoseN on Lone Druid shined. This led the series to a final Game 3 to see who would take the first points of their respective Leg 1 seasons. It would ultimately be VnR who took the series 2 – 1 over eN, thanks in particular to their dominant performance of the VnR draft and play in the final game of the series. Porsche played well again, terrorising eN while on his Templar Assassin throughout the final match, which certainly helped drive VnR to victory.

TL;DR Round 1 Telkom Digital Gaming League (DGL) Masters Results. An Adastam Vengeful Spirit BM carry pick secures an easy win for ApG. Elsewhere wins for WRG, xD, F3, and VnR round out the first batch of fixtures.