Wings ends 2016 DOTA season with a bang, claims TI6 title

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By Ivan Saldajeno

SEATTLE--Wings capped a sensational 2016 DOTA 2 season by winning TI6, beating DC, 3-1, in the championship series at the Key Arena on Sunday (Philippine Time).

The Chinese team, which first made heads turn by winning the ESL One tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay last April, again shaved off its underdog tag and bounced back from a Game 1 loss to take home US$9.1 million.

It was actually an all-dark horse finale as only a few saw DC, who had to eliminate Filipino team TNC before eventually ruling the lower bracket to clinch the second finals berth, making the Last Dance as well, and the American team showed they deserve to make the finale as Aliwi Omar's Skywrath Mage, which happens to be one of his trademark heroes, led the way for the Game 1 win.

However, Wings equalized as Zhou Yang's Invoker led the charge in Game 2, stifling Omar, who used Mirana for this match.

Also during Game 2, Chu Zeyu made an impression as Faceless Void, but in Game 3, Chu brought out his A-game with the said hero as he went 20-0 against DC to lead Wings to the 2-1 lead.

With DC opting to ban Faceless Void in the eventual clincher, Chu went for Anti-Mage, and he and Zhou's Batrider survived a gallant stand by David Hull as Timbersaw to win the series for Wings.

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