Professional gaming team Digital Chaos has claimed its maiden tournament victory this weekend after winning the grueling ESL One series in Genting, Malaysia.
Digital Chaos was founded by Shannon “SUNSfan” Scotten and 100TB.com at the end of 2015.
In the early stages of ESL One Genting, the team beat The International 6 champions Wings Gaming, who defeated Digital Chaos in the TI6 final. Despite an early victory over Chinese team Wings, Digital Chaos could have faced them again in the grand final.
In the semi-finals, Digital Chaos faced Russian outfit Virtus.pro and won 2-0, while Wings Gaming faced fellow Chinese team Newbee. After a hard fought battle, Newbee emerged 2-1 winners.
Newbee carried their momentum from the semi-finals into the best-of-five grand final, running away with the first game. Digital Chaos responded immediately to win the second game, but Newbee struck back to make it 2-1 to the Chinese team in the best of five series.
Digital Chaos could not afford to make any mistakes in game four and five if the team wanted to emerge victorious. The Newbee victory in game three seemed to spur Digital Chaos on, with the team taking a convincing 29-minute win in the fourth, which set up a nail-biting decider.
Within 25 minutes of the decider starting, the top three heroes by net worth were all Digital Chaos. Just six minutes later, Newbee conceded the game, ending the series 3-2 and giving Digital Chaos its maiden win.
The team left Malaysia victorious, with $125,000 in prize money and the first premier tournament title of 2017 under their belts. This follows on from strong performances at the Boston Major, where the team finished tied third, and The International 6, where the team ended as runners-up.
Another strong finish at the Dota Pit Season 5 finals late in January would put the team in prime position to be automatically invited to Valve Software’s Kiev Major in April.
Congratulations to all of team Digital Chaos – the hard work is paying off!