1st Rappler Gaming League Invitational Week 3 recap: Jonas with Friends vs Pink Ocean
Rappler Gaming League Invitational
Season 1, Match 3
Jonas with Friends versus Pink Ocean
With a Phantom Lancer core and their early game dominance banking on a properly executed Spirit Breaker and Invoker play, Pink Ocean is going for a rather defensive draft. This left a huge farming window open for Jonas with Friends, who opted to go for a gamble with Shadow Fiend in a four-protect-one style with Winter Wyvern, Nyx Assassin, Earthshaker, and Gyrocopter.
Jonas with Friends dominates the early game: they can go online faster with abilities that provided them with better positioning and effective ganks and counter ganks. This left PO.GoGuma-Phantom Lancer with little to no space to farm and become a reliable carry. More than halfway through the game, JwF has double the kills of Pink Ocean and it seems like it is their game to lose.
JwF takes down the bottom rax, regroups and marches down the middle lane. Taking advantage of JwF’s eagerness to push and end the game, PO.RandomNoob-Witch Doctor fires up his Death Ward and hides behind his Glimmer Cape, turning the tides of war against the Dire.
Pink Ocean bans Bloodseeker, Centaur and Winter Wyvern to give way for their Slark gambit, restricting JwF’s capabilities of throwing a counter against the formidable nightcrawler. After PO.RandomNoob’s stellar performance in the previous game, it is surprising JwF allows a Witch Doctor pick open for their opponent. Instead, JwF cooks up a definitive combo of their own: Axe’s Berserker’s Call and Dazzle’s Weave works wonders with Sven’s God Strength and Great Cleave.
The first blood goes in the way of JwF.Siapo-Leshrac, taking down an obnoxious courier sniping PO.Lecifire-Lion. Pink Ocean then takes to the offlane, ensuring JwF.Aiscky-Axe doesn’t go online any earlier than PO.Lian Hua-Magnus while keeping both JwF.`Panic!-Silencer and JwF.XFinity-Sven busy with PO.lyx-Bristleback’s tough hide.
A free-roaming Slark keeps nearly the entire Radiant team at bay, allowing the Dire to end the game before the 29 minute mark.