OGA Dota PIT Season 2: Nigma eke out a win

By Peter AndersJuly 31, 2020
OGA Dota PIT Season 2: Europe & CIS has concluded with a dramatic five-game series between Alliance and Nigma. Both teams performed extremely well, making ripples in the fresh meta of 7.27, and executing impressively.
In both their Upper Bracket Finals series and their Grand Finals series, Nigma came out on top.

Upper Bracket Finals

In the Upper Bracket Finals, Alliance came prepared with their Undying-Slark draft, a comp that utilized the early and mid-game strengths of Artsiom "fng" Barshak’s Undying and the snowball potential of Nikolay "Nikobaby" Nikolov’s Slark to form an insurmountable lead from early on. While this put them up a game in their Upper Bracket Finals match, Alliance was unable to win another game in the first series, once Nigma first banned the Undying. Games two and three were a perfect display of how in-sync Nigma plays, despite their captain Kuro "KuroKy" Salehi Takhasomi being unable to attend the tournament, and their coach Roman "rmN-" Paley standing in.

Grand Finals

Come the Grand Finals, Alliance and Nigma met again, with both teams more prepared for each other than before. Alliance was set on keeping Io, Batrider, and Phoenix out of Nigma’s draft. When Alliance had first pick, they would ban out the Batrider and Io, and then first pick the Phoenix. When they had second pick, they would ban the Io and Phoenix, then pick a counter to the Batrider, such as Slark or Oracle, early in the draft.
It wasn’t until game 5 that Alliance decided to play against the Batrider head-on, not drafting any direct counters. Instead, they drafted a team fight heavy composition, revolving around Faceless Void and Jakiro. The final game was incredibly close. However, a couple of key pick-offs from Aliwi "w33" Omar’s Batrider, and an early Butterfly from Amer "Miracle-" Al-Barkawi’s Terrorblade gave Nigma the momentum they needed to win the series and OGA Dota PIT.

Ending Thoughts

Looking forward, OGA Dota PIT will be one of the more influential tournaments when it comes to shaping the meta of 7.27. Heroes such as Rubick, Undying, Doom, and Phoenix had very impressive showings, and the item Heaven’s Halberd was purchased more times than there were games in the event. Looking forward, we expect both Nigma and Alliance to continue innovating in this new patch and to influence the overall meta of 7.27.
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