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Alliance triumphant in the "El Classico" match-up

Some series in Dota 2 are considered
far more hype than others, even when the two teams have changed completely over
the years – Natus Vincere versus Alliance is exactly that, the “El Classico” of
Dota 2.

It has been an extremely long
period since we have seen both Na’Vi and Alliance in the upper bracket of any
Dota 2 Pro Circuit event, and although there may have been a few other events
where they have met, it was not anything interesting to witness. However, Na’Vi
had finally made it to a Major and on top of that, were in the upper bracket
with the monumental task of taking down Alliance who had looked a bit shaky
lately.

When it came to the first game of the series, it was over before half an hour had even passed as Alliance suffered three kills and raced off to a series lead. The game saw a great Slark from Nikolay ‘Nikobaby’ Nikolov but an even more amazing Silencer from Linus ‘Limmp’ Blomdin as Na’Vi would have to find some way to come back against their so-called biggest rival.

Thus far in the upper bracket of the Leipzig Major, every series had gone the full three games, but from the start of game two, it looked as though Alliance were going to quickly wrap things up. However, even though Idan ‘MagicaL’ Vardanian was shutdown in the early periods, he would make his Queen of Pain felt as Na’Vi tied the series and took us to another decisive game three.

The final game of the series was a much more balanced affair between these two famed organisations of the Dota 2 scene – if only for the first half an hour. But unfortunately for Na’Vi, once that point had passed, Nikobaby’s Lifestealer was far too strong for them to deal with as he, with his team behind him, ripped through the Dire base and force the GG call in a seven-minute period.

Alliance take a triumphant 2-1
victory over Na’Vi which sends them into the top six of the DreamLeague Season
13 Major and setups a semi-final series against Team Secret tomorrow. For Natus
Vincere, they will have to fight through the lower bracket from tomorrow where
their first opponent will be Team Liquid.

The day at DreamLeague Season 13
is still far from over with two best-of-three elimination series around the
corner; beastcoast versus Nigma and Invictus Gaming versus Team Aster.

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