The Manila Major Main Event – ViCi Gaming Reborn spells the END for Evil Geniuses
The Chinese young bloods ViCi Gaming Reborn send the TI5 Champions, Evil Geniuses packing as they crush the North Americans in the Manila Major main event lower bracket. Almost having the victory at hand, EG ends their Manila Major run after VG Reborn‘s END RAMPAGEd through their lineup.
ViCi Gaming Reborn‘s triple melee strategy of Nono‘s Dragon Knight, END‘s Lifestealer and Yang‘s Slardar looked to be countered by the EG‘s Axe pick on Fear with additional control for the life stealer from PPD‘s Bane and the damage coming from Sumail on the Death Prophet and the Juggernaut from Aui_2000. EG started to secure the early game by giving a couple of good kills on the DK to Sumail while Aui_2000 also securing his farm as Fear and PPD‘s rotations also helping secure some of the map control. A couple of back and forth trades helped secure the early Blink Daggers on Bulba and Fear, preparing EG for the big fights ahead. ViCi Gaming Reborn was not daunted by this however as the Blink Dagger on Yang started to spell the end for the North Americans.
Utilising the Infest Bomb Initiation and brutally shredding even Fear in just 2 hits, ViCi Gaming Reborn finally took the lead from EG at the 34-minute mark, creating a sudden spike towards their favor. EG was still able to hold on but with Bulba getting trapped in DDC‘s Static Storm+Kinetic Field resulting in very late Vaccum+Wall setups, together with the Glimpse that traps Sumail in Fy‘s Phoenix Egg stuns, EG was not able to completely claw their way through the rest of the game and finally conceded but not after END getting the game-ending RAMPAGE.