Talon Esports vs Polaris Esports: Match Recap
Despite Talon Esports’ dominating performance in SEA Qualifiers, Polaris Esports’ sudden increase in form made it difficult to determine which team would receive the direct invite as they eliminated T1 to qualify for the Grand Finals earlier in the season. daytime.
Game 1 saw both teams draft very aggressive lineups as Polaris went for a Pudge safe lane with a Lina in the mid lane for Mc “Lelouch-“ Villanueva. Talon, on the other hand, opted for Morphling for Nuengnara “23wild” Teeramahanon and Tiny in the mid lane for Rafli “Mikoto” Rahman.
While the start of the match was relatively quiet, the action erupted mid-game as Polaris Esports overpowered their opponent with Lina’s physical damage build as well as Pudge’s Aghanim Scepter itemization. The match ended in the 34th minute, with Polaris winning the first best-of-five game.
Game two saw Talon fight back in the drafting phase as he picked up Slark, Pangolier and Undying for his base lineup. Polaris has opted for stability in its lineup by crafting the three-core lineup of Phantom Lancer, Ember Spirit and Viper while keeping Marci as the soft backing.
After the first ten minutes, Talon Esports showed that it was no pushover as they dominated the laning phase and mid-game playing around 23savage’s Slark and Mikoto’s Pangolier. Polaris attempted to block the game but was unsuccessful as Talon ended the second game after 37 minutes.
Game 3 was a bloodbath from both teams as they went for all-out aggression in the draft phase. Talon chose to draft Terrorblade and Batrider while keeping the Immortal for Damien “kpii” Shock. Polaris, on the other hand, drafted a Doom safe lane for John “Natsumi-“ Vargas and Lina for Lelouch-again.
At the start of the match, both teams were farming items. But, after 15 minutes of play, the two teams were constantly fighting in skirmishes. Polaris had the upper hand as the Doom and Lina constantly took out Talon’s heroes one by one. Polaris ended up winning Game 3 after 44 minutes and they were now one game away from direct qualification for the TI11 group stage.
With a place in the TI11 group stage now on the line, Talon Esports were not going to go down without a fight as they recruited Slark, Invoker and Marci to kpii. On the other side, Polaris Esports has gone with Luna, Ember Spirit, and Undying for their base lineup.
As the series swung between the two teams, Game 4 was all in Talon’s favor as he started the game strong. Within 20 minutes, Talon Esports had a 10K net advantage as well as the first Roshan of the game. Talon Esports secured Game 4 after 38 minutes thanks to outstanding performances from Kpii’s Marci and Mikoto’s Invoker.
As the series went to the wire, both teams were looking to become the last team to qualify for the SEA Qualifiers. Polaris returned for a Pudge carry for Natsumi-, Queen of Pain for Lelouch-, and an Undying offlane for Nikko “Strength” Bilocura. Talon Esports went with a Doom port for 23savage, Pangolier for Mikoto, and Visage for Kpii as their base lineup.
While the early game was very peaceful for both teams, Talon Esports had the late game advantage as 23savage’s Aghanim Scepter build on the Doom constantly jumped into team fights, disabling heroes from Polaris. Polaris attempted to counter draft aggression from Talon Esports, but Talon Esports ultimately won Game 5 and was crowned the SEA Regional Qualifier champion.