Defending Champs take DOTA 2 title

Water returned to Melbourne Uni as Athletico and showed they have what it takes to be one of the best DOTA 2 teams in Australia

Over the weekend, the Australia Esports Federation Season 5 finals of DOTA 2 took place at Melbourne Uni in front of a live audience. Some of the best DOTA in Australia was played in the walls of Union Hall. The top four teams from the online qualifiers were here to battle it out for the trophy.

Unlike the previous season, which mainly saw community teams entering, this season featured organisation getting involved. The two biggest names included Trident Esports and Athletico Esports, with both teams making it through to the offline finals. Trident entered their DOTA team, whilst Athletico acquired the Season 4 Champs, Water.

It’s fantastic to see grassroots DOTA 2 growing in Australia, and awesome some of the bigger esports organisations have jumped on board. When I caught up with Nick “Splicko” Capeski, the captain of Athletico, he echoed these sentiments:

“My goal is to make DOTA in Oz a bit more of a ‘thing’ and what better way to do that than to bring such a good organisation like Athletico in”

It was great to have the whole Athletico management team in attendance too. The team is very much looking forward to having more games in Melbourne as most of the staff reside here in Melbourne.

As for the Trident Esports team, they loved the opportunity to come and compete with some of the best teams in the country. As one of the younger teams, they continue to work on their teamwork and cohesion, and they’ll certainly be back to show us some more top quality DOTA. Cody Smith, the CEO of Trident also spoke about their excitement in growing the DOTA scene in Australia:

“After entering DOTA2 in 2014 it’s always been a passion for Trident to grow and build scenes alongside the players and community. Now we come into 2018 after monitoring and watching how the Australian Esports Federation (AEF) operated it was a clear decision that we decided to reach out and enter.”

And the fans loved it! Trident supporters were out in full force with banners in tow. I even received a message from the Trident CEO saying “we can hear the crowd when Trident do some plays from Twitch!” Big effort there guys and we hope to see you at the next rounds!

Trident fans hailing Andro! Great to have some passionate individuals in attendance (Photo: MishManners)

Okay, onto the results. If you were watching online, you’d know there were four teams in the offline finals – Athletico, 7th Heaven, Natural 9, and Trident. Of the teams, only Trident is the newbie this season, as 7th Heaven, N9, and Athletico (then Water), featured in the Season 4 finals. The first game (upper bracket), saw Athletico take down 7th Heaven 2-0, whilst in the lower bracket, N9 sent the Trident team home 2-0. Athletico went straight through to the finals, and 7th Heaven got another shot at the grand final. The lower bracket semi final pitted 7th Heaven against N9 for the place in the final. 7th Heaven eliminated N9 2-0 and earned themselves a finals spot.

The grand final was a fantastic best of five (BO5), with twists and turns the boot. The first game went out to 39 mins, with 7th Heaven taking an early lead. Athletico made a come back to take the first game. Riding on this win, Athletico stormed home to take out 7th Heaven 3-0 and claim back to back Victory. It was a great game of skill to watch and yes, some of the best DOTA in Australia.

Ahtletico take back to back titles, showing they aren’t just good because they are the reigning champs, they are the best DOTA 2 team right now in Australia (Photo: MishManners)

It’s always awesome to see the fans, and the cosplays this round were awesome too. Check out some of the photos below, and if you missed all the action, check out my video on YouTube. Hope to see you at the next AEF LAN!

That’s one sweet Wind Ranger (Photo: MishManners)


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