The first edition of WSOE: The Dota 2 Showdown crowned its champions. Coming to Las Vegas from China it is Team Serenity that prevailed with an undefeated run in the single elimination playoffs bracket.
Serenity took down 2-0 the Swedish from The Final Tribe in the semifinals and crushed in the same way the EU-South Korea-NA mix of J.Storm to claim the five WSOE Medallions and the $50,000 prize. Team Serenity might have had a slow start of the season, falling short in both Kuala Lumpur Major qualifiers as well as in the DreamLeague Minor qualifiers. They were close to punch a ticket to the upcoming ESL One Hamburg, but they lost the lower bracket finals, so WSOE marks their first LAN victory in the new season.
Game one of the best-of-three finals series dragged out into a late-game scenario, both teams fighting with cores fit for that kind of game, Serenity with Morphling and J.Storm with Medusa. Serenity’s draft proved to be more mobile and more effective in dodging and kitting, with Timbersaw, Phoenix and Spirit Breaker on their side and it helped them to take the victory in 56 minutes.
This is the team fight that sealed the deal for Team Serenity in Game 1 of the #WSOE 1 Finals! There have been some awesome back-and-forth battles so far. Tune in to what COULD be the last game of the tournament: https://t.co/CMUWdySkzt pic.twitter.com/UzzBc4ASaf
— WSOE (@WSOE) October 16, 2018
Game two was highly contested, a continuous back and forth battle for the title. Around the 40 minute mark, the kills score was dead even 33 to 33. Close to the 50 minute mark, although Serenity looked like they were ready to breach the high ground, the killboard was still even and it went like this up until the Bloodlust and Alacrity buffs of Serenity proved too much for J.Storm’s Phantom Lancer.
WSOE 1: The Dota 2 Showdown final standings
1st place: $50,000 – Team Serenity
2nd place: $20,000 – J.Storm
3rd-4th place: $10,000 – Happy Guys, The Final Tribe
5th-6th place: $3000 – Alliance, compLexity Gaming
7th-8th place: $2000 – paiN X, ROOONS
J.Storm, although defeated now, have about one month for practice before heading to Malaysia at the end of November to play in the first Major of the season. Alongside Evil Geniuses and Forward Gaming, J.Storm are one of the three NA representatives at the Kuala Lumpur Major while unfortunately, for Team Serenity there is nothing else on the schedule just yet.