On Thursday, Obey Smite will be up against NRG eSports in their first match of the fourth week of the SPL Fall Split. Obey are trailing one point behind Team Dignitas in the league standings, who have played one more set than Obey but have also dropped a game. The team Dignitas dropped a game to? None other than NRG. The set between NRG and Dignitas took place on the 21st of September and is certainly an important one to note considering Dignitas’ otherwise perfect record.
Taking a look at the draft for the game NRG won, the victors selected some strange gods, including Ah Muzen Cab for André "Yammyn" Brännvall in the mid lane and Cabrakan for João "ManiaKK" Ferreira in the solo. However, NRG use their strange draft to their advantage as they were surprisingly able to outclear their opposition and grab two early kills. NRG are then able to spiral their lead to seven kills and nearly 5,000 gold before Dignitas could even answer back. Even though Dignitas were able to grab two kills, NRG forced the surrender at 17:43, mostly because Kennet “Adapting” Ros’ Camazotz was 8-0-7. This game is an excellent illustration of NRG’s strengths as a team, especially in that every player can become the hard carry when they’re needed.
To conquer this squad of carries, it’s going to be incredibly important for Obey to take the enemy’s morale into consideration. NRG are famous for getting stomped one game and then obliterating the next, especially when it comes to Adapting’s performances. To work around this, keeping Emil “Emilitoo” Stärnman down is critical, especially since one of NRG’s key strategies is to leave the hunter completely alone to get as much farm as possible. Obey’s hunter, Nate “Ataraxia” Mark, is also known to be a passive farmer, but recently has been keen to play more aggressively, knowing that his team likes to play with gods that have strong abilities for rotations, such as Janus and Terra. Also, Obey are at the forefront of the so-called “tank carry” meta, which involves the hunter and mid players building some form of defense. This strategy gives the carries a good deal more of survivability without sacrificing much damage, especially when the meta is dominated by mobile warriors with lots of lockdown potential.
This set is going to be a close one, so make sure to tune in to www.twitch.tv/hireztv on Thursday, September 28th at 2:30 PM EDT to support Obey Smite!
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