In the Loser’s Bracket Finals, EG will be squaring off against Digital Chaos. The multinational squad has come out of nowhere the week, surprising Dota fans around the world with their odds-defying results. The young roster focuses heavily on their own individual play and utilizing high skill heroes to manfight their opponents. Due to their freshness, DC often have difficulties in teamfight situations, with the general strategy being to separate the enemy team and turn the engagement into several 1v1s. Against Fnatic, their weakness in defending a position showed, with 343 and Mushi able to find several solid engagements.
To overcome this last roadblock, EG will have to play solid, straight up Dota. ppd and Zai’s rotations will be essential to scouting DC’s rotations. If EG are able to win the information game, they will be able to spring on DC and abuse their weak defensive play. ppd’s draft will likely consist of synergistic heroes, focusing on roaming duos or full teamfighting lineups. Individual lanes, while important, will be an uphill battle, with each of DC’s members being among the most respected in their respective positions. As a result, EG will want to use Zai to constantly swap lanes to gank DC’s carries and slow down their farm, allowing Fear, UNiVeRsE and SumaiL to win the lane in the midgame.
EG, while temporarily at a setback, are still in a strong position to win The International. This match against DC will simply be another station on the road to The Aegis.