Gen.G began the set up one game on Dignitas by virtue of their upper bracket win. Game 1 would be played on Volskaya Foundry and Dignitas got out to an early lead:
Capturing the first protector netted Dignitas a 2 level advantage and control of the map. Dignitas had the type of lead they typically do not give back. But Gen.G showed why they’re the best in the world, getting isolation kills in lanes and pressuring structures whenever they had a man advantage. They closed the gap in experience in due time and were able to finally fight on even talents:
Dignitas had to concede the objective and Gen.G marched down bottom lane with the protector:
Down 2-0, Dignitas drafted a Stitches and Medivh combo on Infernal Shrines. JayPL showed why he’s widely considered the best Stitches player in the world, racking up kill after kill off of his hooks. But true to their form, Gen.G played around the deaths and and never gave Dignitas a serious advantage. With three consecutive objective captures in Gen.G’s favor, the fourth objective would prove to be the most important:
With an Immortal in tow, Dignitas ran it down mid:
Dignitas had broken Gen.G’s win streak.
Game 3 on Tomb of Spider Queen wasn’t quite as close as the previous match. Gen.G got the early kills, which they turned into objective turn-ins, which lead to an experience advantage, which led to more kills, and the snowball grew. Dignitas, desperate for a turn-in of their own, looked for a fight before Gen.G could gain their level 16 talents:
Down three levels and two keeps, Gen.G turned their gems in for another Web Weaver phase and Dignitas was forced to engage, losing three team members and their core. 3-1 in Gen.G’s favor. Backs to the wall, Dignitas chose Dragon Shire for the 5th map. This was a bloodbath that was in favor of Gen.G after they managed to capture the first two Dragon Knights. However, with the second DK, Gen.G moved onto Dignitas’ bottom keep but Dignitas wasn’t having any of it:
In an instant, what was looking like the slow march of inevitability became an even match and Dignitas wasn’t about to go quietly:
Dignitas captured their first Dragon Knight and marched down bottom lane looking to end:
Gen.G up 3-2. Game 5 on Towers of Doom. Need I say anymore? Unsurprisingly, this map produced one of the most memorable Heroes of the Storm games in the history of competitive play. The game started with Dignitas taking a slight experience advantage but the recurring narrative of this series was Gen.G’s ability to consistently turn things around with their incredible team fighting capabilities, especially after level 10 and heroic talents. And so, Gen.G turned things in their favor during the mid-game and Dignitas’ core at only 5 health, Gen.G looked to finish the game and the series:
Dignitas held strong. In one of the most brilliant calls imaginable, Dignitas claimed every single bell tower with a perfectly executed team split and looked to defend while shots fired on Gen.G’s core. Here’s the last minute of the game, enjoy:
3-3, tie series. If you thought Game 5 was good, let’s just say Game 6 did not disappoint. The equalizer match would played on Sky Temple, a map neither team had played in the entire tournament. The early-game was punctuated with team fights in which neither team could get a leg-up on the other, trading kill for kill. However, the second objective fight change that:
They’re turning Sky Temple into a graveyard!
Dignitas now down two levels had to utilize their global heroes to scratch back into this match. But scratch and claw their way back they did. While both teams played a conservative mid-game, in the end it came down to an objective phase, a boss capture, and a core rush. I present to you the penultimate moment of the entire tournament:
Congratulations to Gen.G, the Mid-Season Brawl Champions.