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EGM   S    Alliance
Alliance announced via their official website that the team would be parting ways with EGM.

RotoWire Analysis

EGM, who has been with Alliance since before they were Alliance, is widely regarded as the best player on the team, after the departure of s4. Having helped Alliance claim the Aegis in 2013, EGM will undoubtedly find a team before the May 24 roster lock. Ever the face of Alliance, Loda stated the reason for releasing EGM was prevailing chemistry between the other three members of the team, despite their poor results.
Sam_H    TNC
Sam H played an excellent series for TNC as they dominate Newbee in Starladder. The offlaner finished with a KDA of 8/6/33.

RotoWire Analysis

SamH had a tough task in the opening series on the Batrider. With a Slark against him, he had to time his Lassos perfectly, but SamH rose to the occasion. His 10-minute Blink Dagger allowed him to provide his team with good vision and initiation early on as he gave uuu9 and the rest of Newbee a terrible time. In Game 2, SamH's Dark Seer was again in the driver's seat. His initiation and farming was spot-on as he was key in TNC's romp over the Chinese favorites.
Raven   C    TNC
Raven continues his run as one of SEA's best carry players as TNC sweep the floor with Newbee in Starladder. The soft-spoken carry finished with a KDA of 13/6/24.

RotoWire Analysis

Raven's opening game on Luna underlined his efficiency as a carry. Raven was perfectly deciding whether to push or to farm as he always kept Newbee off balance. He even finished the game with five kills, the highest net worth, and the highest tower damage done. Raven then went with Sven in Game 2. With the help of stacks set up by his team, he skyrocketed up the net worth chart and was involved in 19 of TNC's 22 kills.
Kuku    TNC
Kuku surprisingly dominated Chinese star sccc in TNC's domination of Newbee in Starladder. The mid-laner finished with a KDA of 18/3/23.

RotoWire Analysis

Kuku went with Queen of Pain with the series opener. He had several calculated moves against sccc where he came out on top in early scuffles. His 11-minute Veil of Discord allowed him to continue his snowball efficiently as he ended up with the game-high 10 kills and 579 gold per minute. In Game 2, he was on his favorite hero in Tinker. He again had an excellent laning stage getting a very early Boots of Travel and Blink Dagger. He took over the map with conviction as Newbee struggled to gain anything past the 20-minute mark.
1437   S    TNC
1437 was key for TNC in their dismantling of the Chinese squad in Starladder. The support player finished with a KDA of 7/7/24.

RotoWire Analysis

1437 changed it up from the beginning of the series with a surprise Witch Doctor pick. His early rotations were efficient and his usage of Voodoo Restorations kept his team in good fighting shape often despite not committing many points into it early. In Game 2, 1437 again threw a curve ball with a support Lina. But the risk paid off significantly as he threw Newbee's draft off course and he provided a good extra punch for his team in engagements.
kpii    NewBee
kpii succumbed to the pressure of Newbee's elimination match against TNC in Starladder. The well-traveled offlaner finished with a KDA of 2/12/11.

RotoWire Analysis

kpii kicked off the series with the defensive Omniknight. He couldn't pressure Raven's farm at all as he was forced to just soak in the experience early on. His Purifications were alright, but his poor positioning costed Newbee some sustain later on as he was killed of eight times by the Filipino squad. In the second game, his Tidehunter had a more successful time applying pressure to in the early stages. But much like the first game, his positioning was spotty as he was often in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Sccc    NewBee
Sccc was greatly limited by TNC Pro Team as Newbee were eliminated from Starladder. The popular mid laner finished with a kDA of 8/9/15.

RotoWire Analysis

Sccc's opening match on Troll Warlord was a risky endeavor. Picking a hero he rarely uses was a questionable decision as his lack of familiarity with the hero showed. Despite winning the early stages thanks to Kaka, he didn't capitalize on the lead he got well as he made costly mistakes which TNC capitalized on. In Game 2, he was back on his comfort zone on the Queen of Pain. He again fared well in the early stages and even got himself a 16-minute Orchid of Malevolence. But TNC were moving much better as a team as they contained Newbee's superstar to just four kills.
Kaka    NewBee
Kaka had an underwhelming performance for Newbee as they were swept by TNC in Starladder. The captain finished with a KDA of 4/9/18.

RotoWire Analysis

In Game 1, Kaka went with Rubick. His early game wasn't eye-catching by any means but he turned it around in the later stages. When he got his Aghanim's Scepter, he made a lot of sweet turn around plays for his team. He even stole a crucial Flaming Lasso from SamH that allowed them to make the game last much longer than it would have otherwise. In Game 2, his Kunkka didn't result too much. His early rotations worked for a short period of time, but afterwards he struggled into making anything happen for his team.
Moogy    NewBee
Moogy could not step up his game as Newbee were eliminated by TNC Pro Team in Starladder. The young carry finished with a KDA of 11/9/6.

RotoWire Analysis

Their gamble on the Slark pick in the series opener did not work out for them. Despite having an excellent laning stage, his efforts to snowball in the mid game with Shadow Blade did not pay dividends for them as he lost valuable farm with his rotations. His second game on Lycan was a much more effective performance. He knew when to rotate and when to push out towers as he helped keep Newbee in the game. But it wasn't enough as TNC had too much control and limited the map for Moogy.
Loda    Alliance
Loda looked weak in Alliance's 0-2 loss to iG at the StarLadder iLeague Invitational. He finished with a 5/9/9 KDA.

RotoWire Analysis

In Game 1 Loda played Troll Warlord. Although he did manage to keep himself competitive in terms of net worth, teamfights were a different story. Between Razor, Death Prophet and Tidehunter there was no good target for Loda to engage on, and he spent most of his time either disabled or chasing after someone desperately trying to hit them. Loda finished with a 0/4/4 KDA. In Game 2 Loda played Sven. He did a solid job in the early game both fighting and farming, but as the game dragged on he began to seriously struggle. Despite having massive damage, Loda struggled immensely in fights when it came to actually killing enemy heroes. He only managed to deal 11,500 damage in a 42-minute game, finishing with a 5/5/5 KDA.
Limmp    Alliance
Limmp played well individually, but that wasn't enough in Alliance's 0-2 loss to iG at the StarLadder iLeague Invitational. He finished with a 7/5/6 KDA.

RotoWire Analysis

Limmp played Shadow Fiend in Game 1. Limmp did well in his lane, and managed to actually transition that into some potent mid-game fights. Although Limmp was able to dish out some pretty impressive punishment, he was the only member of his team really having a good game. Limmp finished with a 4/1/0 KDA. In Game 2 Limmp played Tinker. He had one of the best Tinker starts imaginable, securing his Boots of Travel by seven and a half minutes. He managed to keep up his performance throughout most of the game, but the times that he did die were devastating for Alliance. Limmp was Alliance's major source of damage, but he was unfortunately vulnerable in the late-game to iG's mobile cores. Limmp finished with a 3/4/6 KDA.
jonassomfan    Alliance
jonassomfan started strong, but fell off in both games of Alliance's 0-2 loss to iG at the StarLadder iLeague Invitational. He finished with a 7/14/10 KDA.

RotoWire Analysis

In Game 1 jonassomfan played Clockwerk. He did well in lane, but started to fall off hard as the game dragged on. As soon as Clockwerk stops being able to survive in his own cogs his team needs to be ready to pick up the slack, and the rest of Alliance were nowhere near strong enough. jonassomfan finished with a 1/3/5 KDA. In Game 2 jonassomfan played Clockwerk again. Once again, jonassomfan delivered a very impressive early-game performance, but things began to unravel as the pace of the game shifted towards 5-on-5 engagements. He finished with a 6/11/5 KDA, the most deaths in the game.
EGM   S    Alliance
EGM played a poor series in Alliance's 0-2 loss to iG at the StarLadder iLeague Invitational. He finished with a 1/8/10 KDA.

RotoWire Analysis

EGM played Rubick in Game 1. Although Rubick is historically one of EGM's best heroes, this game was not an example of it. EGM seemed absent throughout this entire game, and his spells had almost no impact. EGM finished with a 1/3/2 KDA. EGM played Rubick again in Game 2. He made some nice moves early game, but was once again absent as things went on. He pulled off one very nice Reverse Polarity steal, landing it on three of iG's heroes, but Alliance simply didn't have the damage to do anything behind it. EGN finished with a 0/5/8 KDA.
BurNIng   C    Invictus Gaming
BurNIng played a great series in iG's 2-0 win over Alliance at the StarLadder iLeague Invitational. He finished with a 22/4/16 KDA.

RotoWire Analysis

BurNIng played Razor in Game 1. iG picked Razor to hard-counter Alliance's Troll Warlord, and BurNIng executed that plan excellently. Static Link was absolutely devastating this game against Troll and Shadow Fiend. BurNIng finished the game with an impressive 7/1/7 KDA. In Game 2 BurNIng played Juggernaut. He played another very impressive game, especially thanks to the Empower buff from Xxs' Magnus. He was a beast in fights, blinking into the enemy and finding key targets like Tinker and Rubick. With setup from BoBoKa and Xxs, BurNIng was able to rack up the kills with ease. He finished the game with a 15/3/9 KDA.
Op    Invictus Gaming
Op played well in both games of iG's 2-0 win over Alliance at the StarLadder iLeague Invitational. He finished with a 10/4/29 KDA.

RotoWire Analysis

In Game 1 Op was on Death Prophet, and played a very impressive game overall. Op managed to deal the most damage to heroes of anyone on his team without giving up a single death. He finished the game with a 3/0/13 KDA and a very impressive 100 percent kill participation. In Game 2 Op played Ember Spirit. He had an awful time in lane against Limmp's Tinker, actually getting forced to retreat into the jungle. It took Op a long time to work his way back into the game, but eventually he did it. Op put his magic damage to work in fights, finding the kills he needed to work his way back into the game. He ended with a 7/4/16 KDA.
Xxs    Invictus Gaming
Xxs played a perfect series in iG's 2-0 win over Alliance at the StarLadder iLeague Invitational. He finished with a 7/0/27 KDA.

RotoWire Analysis

Xxs played Tidehunter in Game 1. He did a great job setting up fights for his team with Ravage. Not only this, but he was always careful to not let EGM's Rubick steal the spell from him. Xxs finished the game with a deathless 2/0/12 KDA. In Game 2 Xxs played Magnus. He made Magnus look incredible in this game. His use of Reverse Polarity always hit at least two heroes, letting his teammates easily carve through Alliance's team. Once again, Xxs managed to do it all without dying a single time. He finished with a 5/0/15 KDA.
BoBoKa   S    Invictus Gaming
BoBoKa played very well in both games of iG's 2-0 win over Alliance at the StarLadder iLeague Invitational. He finished with a 10/4/20 KDA.

RotoWire Analysis

BoBoKa played Riki in Game 1. He spent the early game roaming around being a nuisance and helping his teammates win their lanes, and then transitioned smoothly into a reliable source of physical damage in the late game. He ended the game with a 7/1/7 KDA. In Game 2 BoBoKa played Sand King. Although not one of his trademark roaming heroes, BoBoKa proved a more than adept Sand King player. He managed to get a 16-minute Blink Dagger as a support, which made iG's teamfighting prowess even more unstoppable. He finished the game with a 3/3/13 KDA.
Silent    Vega Squadron
Silent had a rough series in Vega's 0-2 loss to Newbee at the second StarLadder Invitational. He finished with an overall KDA of 5/17/14.

RotoWire Analysis

Silent played Jakiro in Game 1. Although Jakiro has been the hot pick of this tournament, Silent looked extremely cold on him in this game. He wasn't having nearly the impact that other Jakiros have had so far at this event. He only did 156 building damage over a 40-minute game, a grim sign for sure. Silent finished with a 2/9/9 KDA. In Game 2 Silent played Bane. He helped G out middle early on, but wasn't very effective as the game progressed. There were too many long-range disables for Silent to have much effect with his ultimate, seriously limiting the value of the Bane pick. Silent finished with a 3/8/5 KDA.
AfterLife   O    Vega Squadron
AfterLife had a difficult series in Vega's 0-2 loss to Newbee at the second StarLadder Invitational. He finished with an overall KDA of 8/15/14.

RotoWire Analysis

In Game 1 AfterLife played Sand King. He had a tough time initiating because he and Vega were behind for most of the game. This meant that AfterLife was usually going into his death, and Vega couldn't even trade the kills. He finished with a 3/6/8 KDA. AfterLife played Axe in Game 2. His game started out respectable, but when it came time to take full 5-on-5 fights things went south. Newbee made it impossible for AfterLife to initiate on more than two good targets, severely limiting his effectiveness as the game went later. He finished with a 5/9/6 KDA.
G    Vega Squadron
G struggled in both games of Vega's 0-2 loss to Newbee at the second StarLadder Invitational. He finished with an overall KDA of 8/13/14.

RotoWire Analysis

In Game 1 G played Tinker. He was the focus of almost all of Newbee's early hatred, and as a result of this he didn't finished his Blink Dagger and Boots of Travel until 21 minutes. By then, he was just too far behind to get the damage items Tinker usually wants, and was instead forced to buy more defensive items. This left Vega seriously lacking damage as the game went on. G finished with a 6/7/8 KDA. In Game 2 G played Lina. This was an underwhelming performance from Vega's usually standout middle laner. G never managed to find the early kills and momentum a hero like Lina wants to put himself in a commanding position. Although he led his team in damage, it wasn't effective enough against Newbee. He finished with a 2/6/6 KDA.