Like most people, I am feeling the withdraw symptoms. The tournament lasted two and half weeks. The main event was held at the Seattle pro basketball arena. ESPN wanted to get involved and let us not forget the prize pool was $10.9 million dollars.
Despite the amazing venue and enormous prize pool, the grand final was a disappointment. The most exciting games were played in the group stages. Due to the format of the tournament, all the teams were scared to play their best Dota at the main event. Especially DK.
Best player of the tournament:
Most improved team:
Most disappointing team:
Joint winner Empire and DK
Newbee winning TI4
Most exciting team:
Most boring team:
Biggest come back/Throw
DK vs LGD main event (LGD came back from two rax down)
I regard YYF as my favourite player of all time, whether in-game or as a person. He has produced top notch Dota when he first joined the scene back in 2010 when he was noticed by the legend 2009. I believe YYF is a humble player,that always tried his hardest to reach his goals.
He revolutionised the offlane with his world class Windrunner, he popularised the use of Race-car Naix and let us not forget his unique use of Bounty Hunter to compliment the glory days of face-rush dota.
He has always been a player that performed on the big occasions. His triple buy back on Storm Spirit to keep LGD in the game. His Panda Brewmaster leading iG to the grand finals of Ti2. I believe all these big plays will be remembered.
He has achieved so much during his Dota career so there should be no regrets; however it is sad to see him go on a low. It is unfortunate that Icefrog no longer nickname heroes like the old days of Dota1 where Shadow fiend was Yaphets and Burning was Antimage.
YYF you will be missesd