The $1,500,000 Gamers Without Borders charity tournament has reached the grand finals stage. Team Secret and Na’Vi will fight for the title after both were put to a test in the semifinals by their respective adversaries.
Team Secret came to the semifinals with a 17-0 win streak, and after the first game victory, they were on the verge to make Borders Without Gamers the event where they could have touched the 20-0 streak milestone. They were pitted against Alliance in the semifinals and had a late game plan with Lasse “MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen playing Spectre, while Clement “Puppey” Ivanov chose a greedy position 5 Weaver looking to farm his Aghanim’s Scepter. Although they were losing the laning stage and even got to the point where Alliance took down the first tier three tower from them with a carry Luna, Secret didn’t seem to be worried about the early aggression. Itemization was key for them, as well as knowing when they can strike back and take the lead. The high ground battle for the top lane of barracks marked the turning point for Secret, who made the Aghanim reveal from Puppey and managed to take down Alliance’s Luna twice, as she had the Aegis of the Immortal. The second game unfolded exactly the opposite way. Team Secret held the lead for about 30 minutes and seemed like they could beat Nikolay “Nikobaby” Nikolov with the very hero tattooed on his neck, Medusa.
However, while Team Secret had total map control and were hunting down Alliance, they got baited by Gustav “s4” Magnusson on Queen of Pain a few times and trapped into disadvantageous kill trades. S4’s main mission was to distract Secret and make space for Nikobaby to farm on Morphling until he could join the fights safety.
Alliance’s plan worked perfectly and Team Secret’s win streak was brought to an end. However, that didn’t have any impact on their determination and game three sealed a grand finals appearance for them, as Michał “Nisha” Jankowski played the Queen of Pain, and much like s4 in game two, he was the winning factor for Secret in the decisive game three.
The second semifinal of the night brought another tense series, with Na’Vi looking to redeem themselves after the top eight finish from WePlay! Pushka League from last week. Their adversaries were the two time TI champions OG, still playing with both Syed “SumaiL” Hassan and Yeik “MidOne” Nai Zheng on high ping from North America and Southeast Asia, respectively. But despite the latency issues, OG are still giving a run for their money to any team they face and Na’Vi were definitely tested last night. They took game one from OG with a Lycan-QoP great pushing duo, but got punished in game two when they tried a carry Weaver. OG were also experimenting a bit with a carry Faceless Void, who could potentially slow the pace and force them fight around the Chronosphere cooldown, but the game was actually revolved around MidOne’s mid lane Visage and an offlane Nature’s Prophet for Sébastien “Ceb” Debs.
The third game was action packed, both teams going neck and neck with the networth advantage being around one thousand gold in favor of Na’Vi at the 40 minute mark, while OG were holding the lead in kills scored. However, a Roshan contest 43 minutes into the game set Na’Vi on the path to victory. Their Phantom Lancer became truly overwhelming for OG and with the Aegis, Cheese and a Refresher Shard secured, Na’Vi took full control over the game to claim a spot into the grand finals.
Gamers Without Borders Dota 2 grand finals are scheduled for today, May 17 at 19:00 CEST in a best-of-three showdown between Team Secret and Na’Vi. All tournament winnings will be donated to international charity organizations fighting on the front-line against the spread of coronavirus. Additionally, fans can make their own donation following the instructions on the official Gamers Without Borders website.