The first map started quite calmly and during a long period of time it was hard to say which of the teams were taking the lead. An alarm bell rang at the 13th minute, when the enemy's hardlaner got the first item. However, the total diagrams were showing the equality of the teams, so the outcome of the game would be decided in team fights. At this game aspect both teams were equal — each of the fives could both bring a fight and make a few stupid mistakes. By the 30th minute it was clear that Team Empire were slowly getting the advantage, while HellRaisers were gradually losing the control over the map and were starting to lose in farming to the rival. That fight for the map lasted almost 20 minutes, and only at the 45th one Team Empire started to attack more actively. The quite prolonged siege brought its result — HellRaisers lost two sides and found themselves closed at the base. All Team Empire had to do was to arm themselves with patience and, after killing Roshan, come into the final push. That's how it happened — our rival, having got the Aegis, came into attack, that turned out to be the last on this map.
HellRaisers started the second map rather aggressively — they killed the enemy's courier and drew the first blood, having killed the midder, too. After that they did not calm down and started to offer a battle to the rival in the most uncomfortable for the last one places. Having a quite mobile pick, HellRaisers would confidently seize the initiative in their hands. Even relatively bad exchanges did not let Team Empire be on equal footing with the opponent. HellRaisers were getting stronger with every minute, and at some point Team Empire were simply not able to resist — they lost a fight at their ramp and gave up.
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