ROG Masters 2017 Grand Finals have concluded and the CS:GO and Dota 2 games didn’t disappoint. With USD 117,500 (estimated RM 479,047) on the line for first place, there were many clutch moments that had the fans gasping in excitement and yelling at the top of their lungs.

ROG Masters 2017 CS:GO Grand Finals

For the CS:GO Grand Finals, we had Gambit Esports vs TyLoo. TyLoo really struggled to get to the Grand Finals as China’s representative. Being beat down in the group stages, 0-1-2, they climbed back and took out Splyce and Grayhound Gaming 2-1, for the quarters and semis.

Gambit Esports was more consistent in this tournament, took first in the group stages, score 2-1-0, to be automatically seeded into the semifinals. After taking down Mousesports’ replacement, Vega Squadron, Gambit Esports only had to take down TyLoo to become champions of ROG Masters 2017.

The British owned team, previously known as HS.GG, was well known for containing the core roster of HellRaisers. Now Gambit Esports, they have been making waves in the esports scene.

With what could be easily called an upset, TyLoo never was able to find their footing and quickly  faced defeat at the start. With a score of 2-0 already, TyLoo was finally able to pull out some impressive plays and found their footing. TyLoo having been known to win by reverse sweeps and looked poised to do so in the third game.

For what was an interesting series of back and forths, everyone was kept on their toes with excitement. It went so far as to end up being decided by overtime. With Gambit Esports pulling last minute miracles or perhaps gambles would be the right word, audience we’re screaming as Gambit Esports were able to pick apart TyLoo. Certainly gaining a fan due to these matches, Gambit Esports wiped out TyLoo 3-0. This is their second biggest prize pool they have won, with USD 500,000 (estimated RM 2,039,750.00) at PGL Major Kraków 2017.


ROG Masters 2017 Dota 2 Grand Finals

For Dota 2 we had the Russians (Team Empire) versus the Americans(OpTic Gaming). The first match definitely set the tone for the rest of the event with many massive swings and a 65 minute lengthy and entertaining game.

With an insanely high damage output on OpTic Gaming’s Juggernaut and Naga Siren to reset team fights, it was a difficult defense for Team Empire. It went so far to have a lengthy defense against mega creeps, but thankfully Team Empire had Silent’s Luna to clear the creep waves. With can only be described as an underdog story, OpTic Gaming’s couldn’t hold as Team Empire made one finally push with Miposhka’s Shadow Shaman with Aghanim’s Scepter and Refresher Shard.

With the first game being such a nail biter, the others weren’t a disappointment. With both teams seemingly exhausted already from the first game, it was Team Empire and a few misplays on the Outworld Devourer that couldn’t defend against OpTic Gaming’s CCnC on Medusa. Barreling down mid on full health and mana with Bloodlust, Medusa was unstoppable

Bringing the matches to a tie, OpTic Gaming decided on a deathball with Death Prophet, Shadow Shaman and Gyrocopter. With great execution, Team Empire with poor damage output in team fights later on, couldn’t hold back the barrage and GG was called at 38 minutes.

Not looking to take things lying down, Team Empire took a more aggressive lineup with VANSKOR on Earth Spirit, fn on Sniper and Silent on Wraith King. Doing what the Russians are known for, they aggressively took an early game lead 10-3 by 8 minutes. Now a reversal of the last game, OpTic Gaming couldn’t control Team Empire as they barrel through the base.

The final game was intriguing due to the draft picks. With a super difficult lineup to execute (comprised of Lina, Brewmaster, Lifestealer, Sand King, and Winter Wyvern), OpTic Gaming had their work cut out for them against Team Empire. With Rubick, Batrider, Undying, Medusa and Razor, it looked like a nearly complete counter draft that just needed to farm and survive till late game.

Knowing this, OpTic Gaming pulled out all the stops and was pulling ahead around the mid game but slowly lost steam around the 40 minute mark. With no way to close the game out or kill the Medusa easily, Team Empire’s superior late game and ability to defend ultimately turned into a slow demise for OpTic Gaming for the next 25 minutes. 

With the final score of 3-2 matches, Team Empire became the ROG Masters 2017 Champions and took home USD 117,500 . Congratulations are in order for all the participants who came down to Malaysia for the finals and gave us certainly a fun filled day of excitement and eSports.

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