India’s year-long ESL India Premiership returned to Dublin Square, Mumbai, with Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Brawl Stars, and Clash Royale. We shall focus on the Dota 2 matches that took place.
Entity Gaming vs Global Esports
Sandro “Luciano” Aguilado completely stole the thunder of the game with some fascinating and well-executed plays on the Batrider and Puck. Global Esports looked the weaker side in the first game but showed promise in the second. At the back of a strong performance in the lane alongside carrying the momentum till the mid-game, Akshay “zxc” Dhodi’s Sven seemed to show composure in an otherwise volatile team. For the greater amount of time, it did seem like Global Esports could’ve gone the distance. But soon, Entity Gaming performed some beautifully executed teamfights in quick succession. Soon, the odds changed in favor of them, and Luciano’s Puck held the game together and pulled off an incredible victory.
Reckoning Esports vs Signify
Signify recently announced that they were closing operations. Their legion of fans hoped for a convincing end to the “Signify Era”, but they had to go home disappointed. Reckoning’s draft certainly looked stronger in game 1, and their strategy was sugared with a Meepo pick. A hero that needs near-perfect execution of strategy. And they delivered it convincingly, winning the game. Game 2 however, was a stomp. Signify reminded everyone why they are considered to be India’s best team. That conviction was put to task by Reckoning in game 3, and they certainly broke it. For the first time, Signify lost a match at an ESL India Premiership LAN.
Entity Gaming vs Reckoning Esports (Grand Finals)
Both the teams had proven that if there was a match that could’ve set the stage ablaze, it would have to be between them. Game 1 saw Krish “Moon” Gupta and Shahab “Divine” Saleha get Morphling and Abaddon respectively. The mistake of giving them these heroes proved fatal in Reckoning’s downfall in the game. Game 2, however, was a different scenario altogether with Reckoning Esports finding their feet in the game. Their reliance on cheese strategies proved fruitful as Insane’s Broodmother did quick work of Entity Gaming. Enter game 3. With the stakes this high, the quality of gameplay was turned up a notch by Entity Gaming that wasn’t matched by Reckoning Esports. Moon’s Sven was the hero to beat, and that never happened. The game ended with a rampage for him, and Entity Gaming picked up the trophy at the ESL India Premiership Summer Finale.
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