After Tigers beat Natus Vincere in the first round of upper bracket playoffs, the Ukrainian team fought their way through the lower bracket of the tournament to secure a grand finals rematch.
The first game of the best-of-five series was lopsided as Tigers was able to establish a consistent lead in both gold and experience. Lai “Ahjit” Jay Son’s Meepo dominated Na`Vi and Tigers closed the game with a 33-kill advantage.
The tables would turn during the second game. Na`Vi smoked and initiated a team fight through the use of a pair of blink daggers. Tigers were caught off guard and wiped out. Tigers’ momentum came to a halt as the SEA squad couldn’t break Na`Vi’s great high ground defense. Tiger tried to contest Roshan but failed there as well. The resulting engagement was won with a three-man berserker’s call from Evgeniy “Blizzy” Ree’s Axe, and Tigers had to tap out.
The momentum was still on the side of Na`Vi during the series’ third game. Na`Vi took an early net worth lead and snowballed from there to stomp the Tigers defense and win with a dominant kill margin of 30-6 favoring the CIS squad.
With their backs against the wall, Tigers squared up with Na`Vi and took an early kill advantage in game four. Tigers used perfect rotations to catch Na`Vi off guard. Muhammad “Inyourdream” Rizky’s Invoker and Ahjit’s Mirana soon became unstoppable as Tigers successfully brought the series to a tie.
Tigers took a greedy draft into the decisive game with Crystal Maiden, Lina, Underlord, Tiny, and Mirana. Once again, they rotated aggressively and made sure Na`Vi’s Alchemist and Faceless Void picks could not easily farm the map. Tigers would end the game with a 26k net worth lead and a 25-kill advantage.
Tigers were rewarded for their victory with $125,000, 120 DPC points, and an invite to the Kuala Lumpur Major.