After a back and forth series of matches between Fnatic and Dignitas to a 2-2 grand finals match, the solo Tyrande strategy that first gave them their edge came through one more time when it mattered and this year’s HGC Western Clash was claimed by Team Dignitas.
A Neck and Neck Final Match
With both of the teams coming from Europe, this was clearly a competition for the “Best in EU”title. With DunkTrain (the popular HotS streamer) as their coach, Dignitas overcame all their opponents in their way.
Their Kael’Thas, Tyrande, and Stitches drafts seemed impossible at first but ended up working to perfection during the first two games vs. Fnatic.
JayPL is the clear MVP of the series, with some of the most perfect Stitches mechanics the west ever saw. The lack of healing was off-set by incredible hook initiations that opened the maps wide open for Dignitas and when every objective is a 4v5, there is no question as to which team is more likely to give up that objective for fear of losing the fight.
As we watched Stitches land hook after hook, Dignitas looked as if they would take an easy 3-0 victory! However, Fnatic is known for their tremendous fighting spirit and they proved that on stage. They weren’t ready to be taken out that easy, even though they were faced against a strategy they were not ready for.
A clutch Lucio pick during Game 3 gave them the momentum needed to stage a comeback. After that win, they followed up with a signature Fnatic strategy: Global heroes. Falstad, Dehaka, and E.T.C at the draft screen gave them enormous map presence and it seemed as if Fnatic had learned the lesson Dignitas was teaching by example: play your own style and make the enemy adapt.
However, Dignitas answered right back with Mene on Chromie. That is right– Chromie was the crucial hero that won the Western Clash. Combined once against with the now Signature solo Tyrande aggressive pick composition, Dignitas took control of the match and became champions.
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