Game Night episode 5 recap: Skyville vs TNC Pro Gaming vs ROG
Game 1: TNC Pro Gaming vs RoG
Revisiting a strategy from the earlier days of DotA2, TNC Pro Gaming goes for the Cancer Lancer combination with Phantom Lancer and Keeper of the Light. As a precaution, they include Earthshaker in their ranks to avoid any insta-gibs during a deadly PL push. RoG responds with an AoE heavy lineup to deal with the illusion horde and to survive a lengthy game with their Lone Druid core on RoG.BeaverKnight.
It starts slow for TNC Pro Gaming. Big ults from RoG.Gunslinger-Leshrac, RoG.Deez Nuts-Witch Doctor keeps TNC on the backfoot while RoG.Dumbfounded-Undying dominates the offlane by maintaining a constant strength drain from his lane opponents.
TNC keeps their calm and focuses on what’s important: locking down RoG.BeaverKnight. Constant ganks and lane presence kept BeaverKnight on the defensive, allowing more room for TNC.Shaanee-Phantom Lancer to regain his footing and pick up his core items.
Game 2: Skyville vs TNC Pro Gaming
It is not clear cut what Skyville is trying to go with their draft. TNC, on the other hand, knows which cards to play. Aware that Skyville only has bursts but no means to lock them down, TNC goes for superior positioning and pushing capabilities in their lineup.
Unlike their previous game, TNC starts hard and strong in this match. They claim the first blood and constantly outplayed Skyville with TNC.eyyou-Earthshaker’s ganks and TNC.Sam H’s trick treant blocks. With an aggressive push, TNC secures an early victory against Skyville.
Game 3: RoG vs Skyville
RoG drafts a high DPS (damage per second), high burst lineup. All RoG picks except for the Drow Ranger have amazing early game significance and reliability. In response, Skyville plans to outlast RoG with a Phantom Assassin pickup on SkyVille.HEHE-Phantom Assassin, with multiple utility heroes for support.
The game progresses uneventfully as the teams play it safe, avoiding any overextensions and miscalculations for this tiebreaker match. What Skyville fails to realize is that the early minutes of the game is exactly what RoG needed, and they hand this crucial window over on a silver platter. RoG.Deez Nuts-Dazzle’s Weave provide the best defense against Phanton Assassin’s crits. Without any tanks to help mitigate RoG’s continuous damage delivery, Skyville caves in to the pressure.