Last Sunday on September 10, Singapore team Impunity, against all odds, reverse-swept crowd favourite Infamous and roared into the Vainglory World Championships 2017 as the Summer 2017 SEA Championship finals in Jakarta drew to a close.
The Finals: Game One & Two
As the finals opened, three-time winner Infamous looked set to be the sure victor of this tournament with a 2-0 lead on Impunity. Casters and players alike had cast their bets on them. Infamous member Spaghetti was now up against his former teammates, now with more experience to boot.
In Game 2, Spaghetti was caught off-guard: Impunity claimed first blood and obtained the upper hand in early game. But as all fans know, a lead in early game means little. Infamous employed sneaky tactics, distracting Impunity in the jungle so they could take down a turret. By the end-game, Infamous had claimed its Ace, moving on to sweep the second game.
But Impunity wasn’t ready to back down.
The Finals: Game Three
This looked set to be the last game of the finals. In a mirror of the last game, Impunity once again claimed first blood. Some excellent tactical choices were made by Impunity’s members, with Quatervois splitting from Bluexidy in a team chase that forced Infamous had to make a choice. They picked Quatervois.
As the game progressed, Infamous seemed to grow a little overconfident, with Spaghetti over-committing in a mid-game team fight. Impunity seized the chances they were given, leaping in and grabbing an Ace.
Impunity then dived for the killing blow, fighting to control the Kraken. Spaghetti hovered around with his Kestrel, hoping to snipe the Kraken, but deftQ wasn’t letting it happen. He won in a 1v1 against Spaghetti and Impunity went on to secure their first victory against a shocked Infamous.
The score was now 1-2.
The Finals: Game Four
Impunity was on a roll as the game progressed, playing hyper-aggressively. There was no more fear in their tactics – on the other hand, Infamous was scrambling to recover from the shocking loss. Impunity had found a playstyle that worked for them against their opponent, and they were using it as best as they could.
As they fought for control of the Kraken at end-game, Infamous went in to stop them – but Impunity had learned from their sneaky tactics. In a perfect mimicry of Game 2 – where Infamous distracted Impunity with a team pursuit to take down their turret – Impunity distracted them in this teamfight, leading them away from base while deftQ quietly sniped the Vain crystal and claimed victory to cheers from the crowd.
The Finals: Game Five
It seemed as if Infamous had lost all motivation as they made several mistakes in early game, allowing Impunity to gain a significant gold lead and down a turret by the 8-minute mark. 17 minutes into the game, Impunity’s lead seemed far too great to overcome, with 17 kills over Infamous’ measly two.
Impunity rode its wave of newfound confidence, refusing to give Infamous any space or time to recover, and won the series 3-2. It was no easy journey: their unbelievable comeback was well-earned, and the team had persistence and resilience to carry on through the worst of times.
Impunity will represent Singapore in the World Championships 2017, which will be held in their homeland later this year. Go ahead and talk about this big win for Singapore and Southeast Asia on our Discord channel.
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