The second edition of BEAT Dota 2 Auto Chess Showmatch gathered 16 professional players, streamers, commentators and coaches from different game titles. From Dota 2 to Hearthstone, Gwent, MTG Arena, League of Legends and Fortnite, players around the globe answered the BEAT Invitational call.
Unfortunately, one of the biggest Dota Auto Chess streamers didn’t make it online in time and the competition began after a short delay without Andrew “TidesofTime” Biessener. Yaroslav “NS” Kuznetsov, Dota 2 former pro player, currently commentator for Ru.Hub brought in Andrey “Dread” Golubev, another Dota 2 pro from CIS, to take Tides’ place and the 16 competitors started to the battle in two groups of eight.
Dota 2 was represented by Brian “BSJ” Canavan, Steven “Eosin” Cheng , NS, Dreadz, and Henrik “AdmiralBulldog” Ahnberg, but only BSJ and NS made it to the finals. NS embraced the Gods-Mages synergy every time he could, while BSJ went through all kind of tactics and reached top three with a final board featuring 3 x Warriors, 3 x Warlocks, 2 x Undeads, 2 x Trolls and 2 x Naga.
Some of the biggest surprises of the night were an early elimination of Jan “SuperJJ” Janssen, the defending Champion of BEAT Invitational DAC Showmatch, a Refresher Orb completed and played extremely effective twice in a row by Sean “Swim” Huguenard, and Alliance’s former Hearthstone, now Fortnite player, Harald “Powder” Gimre.
Powder is a Queen ranked player in Dota 2 Auto Chess and went on dominating the entire night, outclassing the more prominent streamers. In the finals, he had a Dragon-Warrior-Hunter-Undead line-up to survive Swim’s Refresher Orb Lone Druid – Assassins (6) strategy. For his victory Powder took home $1200.
BEAT Dota 2 Auto Chess Showmatch prize pool distribution:
1st place – $1200: Harald “Powder” Gimre (HS & Fortnite pro)
2nd place – $800: Sean “Swim” Huguenard (Gwent and Artifact pro)
3rd place – $600: Brian “BSJ” Canavan (Dota 2 pro)
4th place – $400: Brandon “Saintvicious” DiMarco (LoL coach)