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Interview with Cloud9 Vainglory Analyst physiX

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Over the past year, Cloud9’s former analyst, physiX, has exploded onto the Vainglory scene. She has played in Vainglory8 in EU, writes strategical articles that are published by Broken Myth, is a member of the group Girls & Glory, but has really made her mark in her competitive analysis and draft prowess. physiX hails from the SEA region, and is currently enrolled in school in the UK. Shortly after the 2017 World Championship in Singapore, physiX announced that she would be leaving the competitive scene in Vainglory to pursue her education in engineering. We wanted to take this opportunity to sit down with her as she transitions to a new role in the community. We also wanted to talk to a few special people that knew her well and thank her for her tireless efforts over the past year!
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Vainglory 5V5 on the Rise: Late Game Team Fighting

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The Vainglory 5V5 late game is all about taking decisive team fights to end out the match. Once two rows of turrets have fallen or both dragons are on the map, split pushing becomes a dangerous tactic. In order to succeed in accomplishing a split push, you must traverse deep into the enemy territory, and there is much less travel time needed for them to switch to your location. While strong split push heroes can still be utilized to take down lanes, it becomes a risky stratagem to employ — if you are caught out, your opponent is provided with a numerical advantage for the duration of your death timer. Then, the team typically begins to roam the map as one unit, looking to either steal an objective, push through one, or acquire the perfect engage to win a team fight.

At this stage, all heroes are typically fully leveled, and several heroes will be fully built in terms of equipment; thus, gold and experience differences have a reduced impact. Heroes boasting late game power spikes will be shining, while early game heroes will often be falling off from their reign. So, how should you set up that glorious team fight?

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Vainglory 5V5 on the Rise: Mid Game Split Pushing and Defending

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The Vainglory 5V5 mid game commences when the first set of turrets falls. Backdoors, split pushing and other strategies that involve information and map position begin to flourish. In other MOBA titles, these are sometimes referred to as “rat strats.” Although there is debate about the legitimacy of these tactics, the aim of the game is to break the enemy Vain crystal — not to win team fights. If you can break the enemy crystal without engaging in risky head-to-head fights, then why not do so?
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Vainglory 5V5 on the Rise: Hero Roles and Impact

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With five heroes on your team, strategic diversity in Vainglory is considerably opened up, and it is likely that many different team compositions will turn out to be viable. Which comps prevail will depend in part on gold and experience sources, map objectives, and the overall synergy of the composition. The broad principles involved in putting together the successful compositions played at the Worlds 2017 show matches consisted of a strong ranged CP and WP carry, a jungler who may be CP or WP, a more tanky and utility-focused laner who built opposite item trees of the jungler, and a captain who synergized well with the composition. Let’s take a look at Vainglory 5V5 hero roles and which heroes perform best in the new game mode.
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Vainglory 5V5 on the Rise: Overall Strategic Flow

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The 5V5 Sovereign’s Rise map for Vainglory opens up the game for in-depth strategy and tactics to be impactful in a way that rarely occurs on the Halcyon Fold map — largely due to the new proliferation of objectives and sheer space available. While cunning strategy sometimes prevails on the Fold (e.g. ACE Gaming’s masterful backdoor against Impunity in the semifinal matches of Worlds 2017), primarily what wins out is drafting and knowledge of your win conditions, combined with the mechanical prowess to execute those conditions better than your opponent. While these will still be extremely impactful on the Rise map, rotations, tactical play, positioning, objective control and focus, as well as overall team strategy just became so much more prominent than they were before in Vainglory.
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Vainglory Opals: What’s Right, Wrong, and Simply Decent-ish

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Opals. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, we have had Opals in Vainglory for over a year now. First introduced in September of 2016, Opals are a currency that allow players to purchase Special Edition skins from previous seasons. I was most excited about the chance to get the Summer Party Phinn skin, which had originally only be given to players who attended the Live Championships in 2016 or visited booths at Gamescon or PAX West. Opals were a chance for me to earn one of the coolest skins at the time, but what have they become today? Let’s take a look at what’s great and not so great about Opals in Vainglory.
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Vainglory 5V5 Unveiling Initial Thoughts and Impressions

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The Vainglory 5V5 unveiling sparked a multitude of reactions, theories, and analytical data. The new game mode marks the next step up in mobile gaming, and solidifies Super Evil Megacorp’s claim to “never settle for the lesser evil” through graphical standards and strategic gameplay delivered by their coined E.V.I.L. engine. We at Broken Myth wanted to share our initial thoughts and impressions on Vainglory’s largest milestone to date.
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