Wings Gaming wins the 2016 International 'Dota 2' Championships

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Wings Gaming defeated Digital Chaos to win the sixth international Dota 2 tournament Saturday, beating out 16 of the world’s best teams and taking home the first place prize of $9.1 million. 

The grand final was a close and exciting match up, but the Chinese team Wings Gaming ended up taking first place after winning 3-1.

After Wings Gaming beat Digital Chaos 2-1 Monday on the first day of competition, Digital Chaos was sent to the lower bracket and both teams proceeded to dominate for the rest of the week. 

It all came to a head Saturday after Wings sent last year’s champion Evil Geniuses to go up against lower bracket champions Digital Chaos, who bested the team 2-1 for a spot in the grand final.

Grand finals recap

Going into the championship match, the North American team Digital Chaos kept the momentum they had built up over the week and took the first game without a problem. 

The two teams were trading kills until Digital Chaos ramped it up, taking advantage of Wings during an attempt to take Roshan.

Digital Chaos beat Wings out of the Roshan pit, getting a couple of kills in the process, then went to take Roshan for themselves. Wings’ Iceice on Pudge didn’t like that and hooked out Timbersaw. That wasn’t smart, because Digital Chaos’ Resolut1on on Faceless Void dropped a chronosphere right on Iceice and Faith_bian.

Digital Chaos took them both out and one more.

Digital Chaos went to take Roshan and kept on rolling. Digital Chaos won team fight after team fight, eventually taking Wings on in their stronghold. With a big economy advantage, Digital Chaos took out three Wings players after grabbing the top tier three turret, earning the GG.

Game two started out closely, with both teams trading kills and pushing slowly and carefully through the lanes. At least until Wings Gaming absolutely dominated Digital Chaos in a team fight, putting a punctuation point on it in the form of an Invoker sun strike in the base to take one more.

From there, it was over for Digital Chaos. Wings took two more team fights while advancing on the stronghold, beating Digital Chaos left and right to earn the GG.

The third game kicked off with a lot of aggression. Wings Gaming and Digital Chaos traded five kills in the first five minutes and continued to rack up the kills equally. Then Wings turned it on again, taking out Digital Chaos players one by one and winning a prolonged team fight in the bottom lane, giving them a huge lead.

From there, Wings kept winning. Even after Digital Chaos took down Roshan and won a couple of team fights, it wasn’t enough. Wings beat Digital Chaos again and again, eventually earning the GG to make it 2-1 after Wings’ Shadow caught two in a chronosphere, taking one last team fight.

After two losses in a row, Digital Chaos came out strong in the fourth game, winning a decisive team fight early along with a handful of single kills.

It wasn’t enough to get a win though, as Wings Gaming made a strong comeback, winning team fight after team fight and pushing Digital Chaos to the ropes. 

With one last chance, Digital Chaos grouped up to counter Wings’ offense, but it wasn’t enough and Digital Chaos went down. 

Digital Chaos’ strong start just wasn’t enough to top Wings Gaming, who outplayed their opponents on the last three games, bringing them to a quick victory.

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