Flawless victory. I always loved NoTidehunter for their interesting and unconventional pick. Apart from Luna and SD, it was a pretty unconventional pick as opposed to Magnus, Rubick and Lifestealer. Axe in particular, is a crowd favorite, and I hope to see it more often in TI3.
In game 2, The Alliance surprised their opponents with Axe and Dazzle as their last two picks, while the Germans opted for a more standard team centered on a tri-core of Magnus, Lifestealer and Weaver. The unorthodox play continued as The Alliance proceeded to ninja a level 1 Roshan on the strength of Luna's Lunar Blessing and Shadow Wave.
With Aegis in hand, the Swedes followed up with an aggresive trilane of Loda on Axe with Shadow Demon and Dazzle to creep-skip agaisnt the defensive trilane of mouz. The potent Distruption into Shadow Wave combination helped Axe pick up first blood and The Alliance completely shut down the Lifestealer, Rubick and Jaikiro, forcing untimely rotations of Naix into the jungle and his supports to the top lane.
The Swedes rolled off this early momentum, dominating all of their lanes and getting multiple pickoffs with a 9 minute Mekansm, Energy Booster and Tranquil Boots on Loda to assert control over the game, leading in both gold and experience throughout the entire match. The Alliance eventually marched down bottom lane for their first set of barracks at 12 minutes and three minutes later, they proceeded to take both middle barracks with mouz offering little resistance to either push, ending the game with a 19-0 hero score for The Alliance.
Looking forward to their match against NaVi later!