Dragon Nest Asia Cup – Chinajoy 2012 Day 5 China vs Korea FINALS~!
We have come to the final day for our trip to Shanghai, China for the Dragon Nest Asia Cup~!
We were in for a surprise right from the morning as our hosts from China prepared for us EACH a dragon nest goodie bag which held 3 plushies namely, a dragon nest duck, hound (with the collar) as well as berlin~!
Here’s a little preview
Everyone else had one too.
Here’s Belfry’s Berlin being stuck in his bag lol.
As it was still early when we got there, and there isn’t anything lined up for the Singapore or Malaysia Team we finally had some time to walk around and take a look~!
For me I went around to take pictures of booths in Chinajoy~!
I was overwhelm by the amount of games they actually have over here including some titles I thought exist only in the North America or Europe Regions.
Ever heard of Planet Side 2?
It’s in China too XD.
I’ll just show the screenshots and take a look a the large number of games published and available in China~!
And now perfect world…
I didn’t know they had this many published games and even a shop dedicated to sell goodies that are in game I guess?
and even Saint Seiya online…. my goodness perfectworld XD
guess what? I don’t think this is surprising, but Blizzard Entertainment in the house as well~!
last but not the least, EA Games was here as well.
Alright alright, let’s get to the Dragon Nest Part shall we?
And yes in crucial and tough times will we see awesome game play and execution by man, and we were not disappointed.
The finals between China and Korea is indeed epic.
Because it was a double elimination bracket system, which essentially meant that if you will be knocked out if you have 2 losses, Korea have to win China TWICE if they want to get 1st place.
In other words, China is in a very advantageous position because of their previous win over Korea.
Nevertheless, if you read about their first encounter, the Korea Team had trouble with the 3v3 because of the lack of an inquisitor (priest) in their team for buffs and other supportive relics such as binding relic and even miracle relic.
However the China Team was in for a shock right from the start.
Leading the Korea Team is “HanHee” the Guardian (Paladin) with a triple kill, and even close to getting a 4th on “Timeless” the tempest for China but ran out of mana.
Watch below, this is probably the best triple kill streak in the entire tournament.
With a 3-0 lead from the start in the KOF mode, Korea Team easily wrapped up the first KOF match to lead 1-0.
Here’s where it got extremely interesting.
For China, losing the 3v3 was unthinkable as they had a class composition advantage, but once again we all know that korean gamers ain’t to be messed with and they proved it to be true.
As the video footage I’ve recorded isn’t optimal to showcase this, I’ll attempt to describe how the Koreans actually managed to pull off a victory in the 3v3.
Here’s the 3v3 set-up for China: Inquisitor, Destroyer, Elestra
3v3 Set-up for Korea is : Destroyer, Adept & Tempest (Previously they used mercenary, elestra & tempest)
The key will be the switching out of elestra for an adept.
With the cocktail buff which provides cooldown reduction for the team overall coupled with spirit boost, Korea Team’s skills will come off cooldown faster than the China Team, and in the long run even more so.
So the strategy for the Korea Team was to rotate between buffs to bait the skills for the China Team.
There was no way for the Korea Team to win in a direct confrontation as the priest can use healing relic, binding relic when they engage at the start making it quite impossible to win especially when miracle relic will be coming off cooldown as well.
The Korea Team’s Mercenary rotated between his iron skin and empowering howl super armor buffs to enter the spawning area of the China Team in bid to bait skills like binding relic, healing relic and sometimes even cure relic.
With these irritating relics on cooldown, and their cyclone axe ultimate coming off first, the Korea Team Destroyer, junkyu will then attempt to cyclone axe 2 China Team players while the other smash on the inquisitor or the china team’s destroyer.
With this general strategy in mind, the Korea Team actually won the 3v3 to bring it to a lead of 2-0.
If you really want to see how that magic all happened, visit this link : http://dn.duowan.com/1207/207502139149.html and skip to the first 3v3 fight.
With the Korea Team in a commanding lead of 2-0 and KOF being the next mode which they are strong it, it seemed like it was victory for the Korea Team.
But remember what I mentioned earlier where the Koreans have to win twice overall for them to win 1st place.
In the 2nd KOF Match it started with China’s Gearmaster up against Korea’s Adept.
China Gearmaster Won, but Korea’s Destroyer came in and finished him off, but China’s Elestra came in and finished off “junkyu” the Korea Team’s Destroyer.
If such an exchange continued, Korea will lose this KOF round because they lost the first fight.
“HanHee” the Guardian for Korea came on to take on the Elestra from China and succeeded, but a beautiful drag out play by the China’s Inquisitor forced “HanHee” to lose by HP Comparison~!
With their ace gone and China’s own Ace “Timeless” not even used yet, this KOF round success seemed bleak.
It came down to the wire with Korea’s Elestra up against China’s “鱼儿” which was the destroyer, and it ended with an awesome cyclone axe finishing move by 鱼儿 to keep China’s hope of winning the overall 1st placing for the Asia Cup to still be there.
Here’s where things started to turn around for the China Players.
The 3v3 Strategy used by the Korea Team can only be used once against top tier players like China because now their relics will not be easily baited since they know the only winning strategy of Korea.
With that in mind, The Koreans still put up a good fight but China managed to seal another victory to bring it back to 2-2.
With the last KOF Mode match in mind, this is where epicness is brewed.
First man up for Korea this time was “HanHee” as I think Korea didn’t want to take anymore chances.
Yu Er came up for China this time as the starting player, and man did he not disappoint and avenged his own loss at the first KOF match.
The highlight for this match will be how 鱼儿 countered Justice Crush with Maelstorm which was an awesome counter.
“HanHee” did brilliant as well not to get caught by cyclone axe but it wasn’t good enough.
I honestly think that “HanHee” got just a wee bit complacent from the start with his shin breaker missing his target, he is usually much more composed.
With their Ace gone, things was definitely not looking good for Korea.
Adept came on and finished off 鱼儿 but China Team Captain “Timeless” who plays Tempest came on to finish off BOTH Adept and Ahngcrobat.
(My video got corrupted for the first part so I won’t upload this double kill >_<)
Unfortunately, one of the Korea Team Player, “junkyu” disconnected while the match was on-going, play had to be stopped after “Timeless” won his fight for the judges to determine how to continue the match.
What happened was they tried to re-enact the same situation before the play was halted, so the commentator logged in another tempest to bring “Timeless” back to his HP/MP when he won.
Though it wasn’t quite accurate but the matched continued.
Though Timeless Lost to the Elestra that came up next, he did very well in dragging and wasting the mana of his opponent making their own Elestra have a much easier fight when he came on.
The China Team’s Elestra did extremely well against both the Korea Elestra and “junkyu” the Korean Destroyer.
A classic and noteworthy fireball to secure the overall 3-2 Victory of China over Korea and the overall 1st Placing for the Asia Cup well deserved.
Singapore Team got away with a motherboard each~!
It was definitely a very fruitful and memorable trip to Shanghai for myself.
I’ll like to take this opportunity to thank Cherry Credits for sponsoring me trip for providing the coverage for this event.
It was definitely an eye opener, and I’m extremely excited for DNSEA PVP once we hit level 50.
With the King of Fighter Style Mode implemented hopefully soon after 50 cap release, it will definitely be alot easier to organize tournaments and provide commentary for them as well.
This tournament has also re-ignited my passion for competitive gaming and I might just consider coming back since I’ve left it back in my days playing Counter Strike Source.
It was also a great time getting to know the different pvp players from Malaysia and Singapore as well.
It was definitely a pity as Philippines could not join us due to unforeseen circumstances related to VISA applications but I believe the next major tournament will be held at Philippines.