This year's The Defense 2, what many would consider the most prestige Dota 2 online tournament held by joinDota, came to a conclusion with Complexity Gaming being crowned champions after a long hard fought tournament amongst many of the best teams from around the world and took home the grand prize of €6,000 out of the €10,000 pot. Along with Complexity Gaming, the tournament featured many of the high end talented teams such as Na'Vi (Natus Vincere), mTw (Mortal Team Work), CLG (Counter Logic Gaming), mouz (Mousesports) and many more!
Complexity Gaming started off the tournament with a bang and never looked back from that point. They started out with an impressive 5-0 record for the perfect sweep in their group stage against some top teams such as Absolute Legends and Moscow Five. They lost their first game against Darer Entertainment in the quarter-finals but won two straight to advance to the semi-finals, where they faced their home country rivals in Quantic Gaming, whom also went a perfect 5-0 in their group and impressed many as they've had their share of success in the tournament. The match up against Quantic wasn't an easy one as both sides played a top class game against one another and not leaving any breathing room for either teams. In the end, Complexity came through and won themselves a ticket to the upper bracket finals where they faced the Swedish powerhouse team, CLG.
The upper-bracket finals against CLG was no easy task for Complexity Gaming. Prior to the finals, CLG played exceptionally well against two recently rising teams in mTw and mouz, beating them in a quick fashion with an identical 2-0 score in the quarter and semi-finals. Complexity on the other hand, played two tough rounds that could've gone for either teams with both match ups going three games. The first game between CLG and Complexity seemed like it was all going to the Swedes as they looked like they had game 1 locked for the most part. It wasn't until Complexity brilliantly played the Chaos Knight to counter Morphling and turned the tables after picking up Roshan and the Morphling kill bonus for the come back victory. Counter Logic Gaming went with the same approach for the second game but this time they learned from their mistake as they got the GG from Complexity in just 20 minutes. Game 3 was intense as ever, with momentum shifting sides left and right. Complexity started the game with the advantage but CLG were quick to get it back. In the end, Complexity got the win after countless overwhelming rushes.
The grand finale featured a match up between Complexity Gaming and mouz. Mousesports managed to find their way back to the upper bracket after they lost to CLG in the semi-finals. They started the lower bracket by shattering Potm Bottom's dreams of making it back and putting an end to their Cinderella story after they beat out Team Empire, Darer and Na'Vi in the lower bracket. Mouz then beat Evil Geniuses by a score of 2-1 and easily took out the CLG team that Complexity had a tough time against, with a 2-0 score as they avenged their upper bracket-finals loss by the same score.
The best-of-five series started off pretty evenly as mouz had Black^ farming and Complexity had top control with TC's Lone Druid. As the game went on, it ended up being more and more one sided after Complexity relentlessly pushed while mouz had no other option left but to defend. It was just a matter of time until Complexity could take the first game. Game two started off in favor of the Americans after Complexity's TC got several kills with Morphling in the bottom lane. After some time spent during fights at the Rosh pit, mouz was able to steal momentum bits at a time and eventually got the GG call from Complexity after dominating a couple fights. Although game 3 started off somewhat evenly, it quickly became one sided after Complexity got the Roshan kill early in the game and kept gunning from there until they got the win. The fourth and final game was similar to the previous. This time around, mouz packed more power to fight by adding Ogre and Jakiro but it still wasn't enough to take on Complexity's constant pressure as they dominated from bottom to top. Complexity Gaming was shortly after crowned as The Defense 2 champions and took home the grand prize of €6,000 as they won the last major tournament before The International 2 kicks off later this month.
The Defense, top3:
1. compLexity-Gaming - €6,000
2. mousesports - €2,500
3. Counter Logic Gaming - €1,500