Within the immortal phrases of Ceb, SEA is again! Or at the least that’s the feeling operating by means of the aggressive Dota 2 group proper now as Talon Esports continues their underdog run and locks up a top-three placement on the Lima Main.
Talon entered the primary Main of the 2023 Dota Professional Circuit because the third-seeded workforce out of Southeast Asia. Regardless of that look dampening expectations early for this Jabz-led roster, they rapidly confirmed that they have been really the very best workforce from their area with an early sweep of Execration to start out this run.
They have been the one SEA workforce to outlive the group stage, making it into the higher bracket of the playoffs, and have now knocked out 4 completely different groups—together with three different rosters that additionally completed within the prime half of the group stage. That began with a 2-0 win over HellRaisers and rapidly escalated with a detailed collection towards Staff Spirit.
Following a clear 2-0 over Entity this morning, Talon confronted a flaming scorching Shopify Rise up workforce that had simply eradicated each Staff Aster and Evil Geniuses the day earlier than.
The collection itself regarded shut, however solely one of many three video games was actually aggressive after the 15-minute mark, as Talon established dominance in recreation one, traded with Shopify in recreation two, and recreation three was one other one-sided SEA victory.
When Talon was forward, it was largely as a result of they felt safe of their teamfight and have been in a position to execute higher than Shopify when it mattered most. As a spotlight, 23savage’s Spectre went 12/2/35 and dealt slightly below 80,000 hero injury on his personal in a recreation three the place his workforce managed the entire internet value and initiation alternatives.
Now, Talon finds themselves in a spot to actually contend for the Main title and upwards of $200,000. Standing of their manner is Staff Liquid who, regardless of beating Talon earlier within the playoffs, are actually coping with an odd roster shift on account of Boxi having a medical emergency and exiting the occasion.
“I feel Liquid is in an unlucky place. Nonetheless, if we enable that to get to us I feel we are going to discover ourselves in bother,” Talon coach SunBhie mentioned. “I’m positive they’re very succesful nonetheless. I feel that is likely one of the weaknesses of SEA, the place we type of calm down ourselves. I need to make certain I yell on the guys sufficient to verify they’re ready.”
If Talon can beat Liquid within the opening collection of Lima Main’s remaining day, they may face Gaimin Gladiators within the grand finals.