The ESL India Premiership 2016 – The Masters has come to an end, crowning Beyond Infinity as its victor. The tournament has had it all: a great crowd, interesting contests and most importantly, some of the greatest Dota ever played in India. In short, we saw great players put in fantastic performances against their amazing opponents to make this tournament so memorable.
To Infinity and Beyond!
First of all, Congratulations to Beyond Infinity for their stellar play which resulted in them winning the ESL India Premiership 2016 – The Masters and walking out with ₹5,00,000 and The Masters Trophy.
The Team Consists of
Moin "NO_Chanc3" ejaz
Bari "ZeDisBuGG" Anwar
Balaji "BlizzarD" Ramnarayan
Jeet "Swifty" Kundra
Dhvanit "Negi" Negi
Beyond Infinity stood tall amongst all the other contenders, never putting a foot wrong in their entire run through their tournament. No_Chanc3’s masterful drafts coupled with the sheer game mechanics prowess of players like Sw1fty and BlizarDD as well as the stable support play of returning veteran ZeDisBuGG saw them go undefeated throughout the tournament. Negi chipped in with a couple of really good performances as well.
They beat 4Merical Esports, Team Oram Po, The Council and their archrivals Invisible Wings in straight games on their road to the trophy. We hope that they will continue to flourish.
Games to watch in case you missed them:
Team Oram Po vs Team 3C4DA:
This entire series was by far one of the most entertaining 3 hours of Dota we saw at the masters. Two teams, who were both evenly matched, one from our northern neighbors and one from our southern most state, going toe to toe with each other. Very even games, lots of ridiculous stuff happening all over the map.
Invisible Wings vs Team 3C4DA – Game 1:
Once again we see Team 3C4DA playing in a thrilling game. Playing with two glass canons in Sniper and Drow Ranger, the way team 3C4DA tackles the heavy burst lineup of Invisible Wings lineup is surely worth a watch.
What better way to close a tournament than have the El Classico of the Indian Dota Scene? Beyond Infinity Vs Invisible Wings was a joy to watch. Do not skip it.
BONUS: The All-star game
A few interesting statistics about The ESL India Premiership 2016:
Over 320 teams participated in this event across the course of the year.
Over 500 games matches were played.
Lion was the most picked hero with 216 picks and Faceless Void was the most banned hero with 277 bans across the season.
All 110 available heroes were picked over the course of the season.
A total of 9 tournaments were held with 6 online tournaments and 3 LAN events in Pune, Bengaluru and Delhi.
A Prizepool of ₹18,75,000 was distributed amongst the teams.
Beyond Infinity has only lost one game throughout the season (Against Invisible Wings in the Grand Finals of the Challenger Cup #1)
And hence the first ever season of The ESL India Premiership has come to a close with Beyond Infinity reigning supreme however this will be the last tournament which this squad plays together as this unity. The next time we see them they will be playing as Entity Esports. Although Beyond Infinity won the tournament, several teams like The Council, Invisible Wings and 3C4DA were impressive and surprised many with their stunning gameplay. Hopefully we will see them soon next time, next year in our next season where we will be back to revolutionize Indian Esports.