Drow Ranger was a popular pick during the group stages at the Boston Major.
Drow Ranger featured image art via Dotageeks.com

The Boston Major: Best Plays from the Group Stages

Dec 6, 2016
Drow Ranger featured image art via Dotageeks.com

The group stages of the Boston Major have already come to an end, and the seeding has set up some tough single-elimination matches for the tournament’s main stage later this week. Along with Drow and Ogre Magi dominating during the groups, we saw plenty of Luna, Rubick and Shadow Demon, but we expect to see a bit more diversity as the tournament progresses. Along with all the early upsets and close fought matches, viewers were also treated to some stunning displays of skill. Without further ado, let’s take a took at the best plays from the group stages.

Get Split Pushed

This awesome display of split-pushing prowess all comes down the the ability to accurately make snap decisions in the heat of a game. Not only do Virtus.Pro stop Newbee’s push in its tracks, they manage to steal a gem and inflict heavy structural damage in the process. Io – good hero.


We can only dream of our supports playing with chemistry like this in our pub games. Here, the EG duo of Zai and Crit find a well-executed pick off and pull off a miraculous escape from the bloodthirsty Faceless side with style. You just know everyone in-game was thinking the same thing: outplayed.

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Game turning Aegis steal

It’s quite rare to see an individual play turn a game on it’s head quite so spectacularly as this. Not only does s4 steal the Aegis with a perfectly timed initiation, he uses Spiked Carapace to get himself out of the pit and then has the audacity to turn around and take out the Shadow Demon. The nerve of that guy.

The New Rubick Master

We’ve seen plenty of talented Rubick players over the years, but so far at the Boston Major Zfreek has been the one to watch. In this game against EG, he cripples the enemy side time and time again, pulling off more devastating Burrow Strikes than Universe’s Sand King. We can’t wait to see him on the big stage once the Boston Major’s main event kicks off later this week.

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Alex Dyet
An English student and freelance writer from London, UK, Alex has spent far more time than he'd care to admit battling it out on FIFA's Ultimate Team mode, before moving on to the more competitive eSports out there, like Dota and Hearthstone. He's got big plans for Blizzard's upcoming shooter, Overwatch, and he's counting down the days until the game goes live in May. You can catch him on twitter @Alexcd13D.
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