Newbee is one step closer to the Manila Masters title as they secure the first Grand Finals slot
East defeats West in the upper bracket finals showdown between China’s Newbee and North America’s Evil Geniuses.
The battle of the East and the West became the main event of Manila Masters Day 1 with China’s Newbee taking on the American squad of Evil Geniuses. Expected to be a highly-contested matchup due to the caliber of teams playing, the series however, may have disappointed many as Newbee sweeps off EG out of the Upper Bracket, securing the first Grand Finals slot.
Greatly maximizing on Faith and Kaka‘s rotations with the Crystal Maiden and Sand King on Game 1, Newbee was able to create a lot of farming space for Moogy‘s Sven, whereas EG‘s Suma1L, who was playing the Puck, tried to also do the same with his own rotations, as RTZ‘s Razor tries to secure objectives. Although EG was constantly trying to bait out Newbee‘s abilities with Universe‘s Abaddon on the frontline always looking to trigger his Borrowed Time ability, the Chinese well-honed defensive playstyle comes into play on almost every teamfight, as they wait for the proper moment to land a Black hole from kpii‘s Enigma. Multiple fights in favor of Newbee resulted in the Chinese team continuing to pile up on the advantage and ultimately winning Game 1 after a final teamfight in EG‘s base.
EG‘s fondness of the Razor for RTZ came into play in Game 2 as they draft the hero again, although this time backed by a nasty teamfight combo from Universe‘s Dark Seer and zai‘s Kunkka. However, just like in Game 1, the pick-off attempts for EG were countered by the constant rotation of Kaka‘s clockwerk and Faith‘s Crystal Maiden, although instead of farming, Moogy‘s Juggernaut was the one to secure towers while Sccc‘s Outworld Devourer joins the fight whenever he can together with farming. Although both Universe and zai were able to land proper combos using Torrent, Ghost Ship, Vaccum, and Wall of Replica, their attempts are easily countered by Kpii once again, this time, with the Tidehunter Ravage with Sccc laying down the Sanity’s Eclipse together with the damage output from his right clicks. One bad teamfight after the other, EG finally concedes Game 2, heading to the Loser’s Bracket finals, while Newbee secures the first Grand Finals slot for the Manila Masters.