So I missed DotA gif of the Week for the last two weeks (ugh I am such a fail) but I’d like to think that I’m making up for it with this extra long post about one of the most freakin’ entertaining games I’ve watched lately, Alliance vs The Retry at WEplay 2013 group stages. I knew that PGG was in a good mood when he styled his team’s name as ‘The Rereretry’ so I expected the match to be all YOLO fun, but when s4 picked up Abbadon for Loda and I saw Akke kill steal the first kill for Alliance, I realized I was watching something special. :)
You are now entering Akke Lina Kills land, and let me tell you what’s so special about this place: Akke is one of the most dedicated support players ever, and he rarely gets any shiny moments of kill glory because he selflessly gives as much as he possibly can to Loda, s4 and Bulldog. I mean, this is the guy who leveled Blood Lust over Fireblast and Ignite on Ogre Magi so Bulldog’s Spirit Bear could lop off Na’Vi heads at Game 3 of the TI3 finals. And as Draskyl said once, the reason why Lich doesn’t have legs is because “Akke sawed them off and gave them to his team.”
So when you see Akke take a legit kill for himself, that’s special.
And when you see Akke STEAL a kill for himself, that’s even more special. :))
Steal the first kill from your Solo Mid, why not?
He was just securing the kill because s4 was low and Loda didn't have Phase Boots yet. :)
The 'support' Lina steals - I mean secures - the first three kills for Alliance. You know that this ain't your ordinary 4 position Lina, and this hell isn't your ordinary doto. :)
Steal kill or not, seeing people get Laguna Blades off always makes me happy. I seriously think that it’s one of the coolest skills in the game and anybody who doesn't agree is just in denial.
One of the three hundred sixty five reasons why I love Alliance is that as a team and as individual players, they know how to have fun during a game. Just look at Loda’s carry Abbadon.
I know that carries aren’t supposed to die for the initiator or supports, but he was in range for Aphotic Shield which could have saved s4’s Timbersaw without putting himself in a worse position, so I think he should’ve tried to help s4 out? Though earlier in the game Loda actually died trying to save EGM’s Wisp, which was not really in danger, so maybe he just felt like he’d already reached his martyrdom quota. :))
About five seconds later the entirety of TR decides that they want Bulldog’s Bounty Hunter’s ass, and again Aphotic Shield would’ve been great here, but nope, Loda decides that he’s a troll today. So after some half-assed effort to help he basically leaves Bulldog for dead.
And die Bulldog does, so from the dead he and s4 ping away at Loda and his abandoning Abbadon.
You know who Loda does help ten seconds later? Akke! :) Because as Godz said in the cast, “His best buddy Akke, definitely worthy of a heal, but the rest of his team mates, no.” Aw, now I don’t know which bromance is better, Lokke or Pupoky.
It’s just too bad Akke still dies anyway. But hey, that’s his second dominating streak in less than fifteen minutes if I’m correct, so if anything he’s definitely having fun. :)
Aside from steal killing and trolling your initiator and offlane farmer, you know what else is fun?
Tower diving! :) In a freakin’ pro game! (Well they were up against TR which is like a tier 2 team at best even though they have PGG… who most probably was drunk while all this was happening anyway. I’m just saying, make no mistake if they were up against NaVi or Fnatic in, say, a Dream Hack elimination match, I don’t think this would be happening.)
And what’s even more fun than tower diving? Fountain diving! And getting killed without getting the kill you came in there for! :))
But you know what’s the most fun you can get out of a carry Abbadon? It’s getting Blink + SnY so you can do this.
This post is all about Lina and Abaddon (actually, ever DotA gif of the week post is about Lina, haha!) but the thing is, I think s4 and EGM – especially EGM – did most of the hard work in this game and deserve the ultimate credit. Sure, Loda was the one who got the rampage, but I think it’s fair to say that s4 and EGM set him up pretty good for it. Bulldog was kinda lackluster and I’m not sure how relevant he was to the game if he was relevant at all, though maybe he just decided to chill since Akke and EGM were already on fire, one supporting hardcore and the other supporting half of the time while KS’ing to his heart’s content the other half. :))
As Lumi said, this is one of the best things about DotA - yes, money and winning definitely count, but at the end of the day the players just want to have fun and they still consider having fun as one of the most important things about a game. This match went on for over forty minutes and the final score was 68-37, but nobody from TR rage quit even if it was obvious that they were gonna lose ten minutes into the game and nobody from Alliance gloat-flamed about all the crazy throwing.
GG WP. Ultimately that's just what this game is. :)
Last one, for real. This is part of the game chat log, and gaaahd, can I just say how adorable EGM is with that 'omg'? :)