By Fantasy

The drought of Snoop Dogg not being able to win cycles in the Thai HoN Tour are finally over. After breaking the dry spell in the third cycle, they now make it two in a row by winning the fourth one as well. Riding the wave of momentum higher and higher, the rising stars are becoming more dangerous for the DreamHack competition by the minute.

With this second title, Snoop Dogg is closing in on the #1 spot in Thailand again, having now two wins over Neolution eSports.MRR on their record. The only thing that is still swaying votes the way of MRR is their impressive history in the scene, as well as the runner-up spot at the most recent World Finals. DreamHack and the upcoming Thai HoN Tour Season 4 playoffs will most likely decide who the real #1 in the scene is at the moment - a race only Neolution eSports.MRR and Snoop Dogg are actually participating in at the moment.

Every other team seems to be far behind those two, despite Get Together winning the regular season of the fourth cycle. GET2 was at the right place at the right time, playing a cycle for the ages. With a record-tying performance only matches by legendary teams like Orange eSports in the SEA HoN Tour event, GET2 made the race and the playoffs more exciting than they were in the cycles before that. In the end though, Get Together is not there yet - the Grand Finals clearly showed that.

As expected and sadly anticipated, the Semifinals was the Grand Finals in disguise. With the two best teams of Thailand meeting in that round, it seemed sure that whoever wins this, will also walk away with the title at the end of the day. A gripping and thrilling match followed with both Neo.MRR and Snoop Dogg slugging it out. Not just the Grand Finals spot was on the line, but with implications reaching further and further, DreamHack momentum and the battle for Thai supremacy was present. Ultimately Snoop Dogg got the better of the Best of Three series, putting yet another win against Neolution eSports.MRR on their resume.

Ever since winning the Thai HoN Tour Season 3, Snoop Dogg had to fight the demons of being a fluke team, mainly because the only win against Neolution eSports.MRR came in the Semis of that Season 3 playoff event. Before and after, Neolution eSports remained the unconquerable castle for the Dogs. Most recently though, the forces seem to have shifted. This win is the third in a row by DD0G against Neo.MRR, following the Grand Finals win in Cycle 3 and the win in the regular season of Cycle 4.

After the semis, the Grand Finals was a one-sided affair as predicted. Get Together might be a team able to compete in the regular season events, but they are still a little behind the curve. This is by no means meant in disrespectful way, more highlighting the rapid rise Snoop Dogg has made. Both GET2 and DD0G ascended into the higher ranks of the G-League at around the same time, both making the postseason for the first time in the same cycle. Both were the shooting stars, battling against the established forces of Neolution eSports.MRR, Hybrid Gaming, S2Y and Turtle Master.

Now the two teams are more separated, but still symbolize the new age of Thai competitors together - just on different levels. For Snoop Dogg not only the national crown is in reach, but also the international one. In Get Together’s situation, that is not yet the case, but steady improvement has made the team into a Top 6 squad in Thailand, maybe even the third or fourth best team of the HoN crazed nation.

In the standings after the four cycles, GET2 comes out on the fourth place - with only the slightest of margins separating them from Hybrid Gaming. The fourth place and fourth seed in the big Season 4 playoff event also nets them a date with Turtle Master in the first round matchup. This time only the best six teams from the season are eligible to participate in the playoff event, making it a high-profile affair right from the start. With TurS and GET2 on one side, Hybrid Gaming and S2Y on the other side, the playoff matches are starting with a bang and plenty of storylines themselves. With HBX and S2Y, former teammates collide. HBX and S2Y used to be one with the tag of MiTH.s2y, brother’s in arms, traveling the world. Now they are bitter enemies, fighting for survival in the Thai HoN Tour Season 4 playoffs.

Waiting for the winner of HBX and S2Y is Neolution eSports.MRR, while Snoop Dogg gets to face whoever walks out victorious from the clash between TurS and GET2.

All the action kicks off tonight on the Garena Thai Youtube feed with Hybrid Gaming taking on S2Y. Tomorrow will be TurS and GET2 then, followed by a DreamHack Summer 2015 showmatch between Neolution eSports.MRR and Snoop Dogg on Wednesday. After that is over, the Thai HoN Tour will take a short break with two teams traveling to Sweden, only to come back with a bang and a huge celebration of the fourth anniversary. That show will be filled with top-notch HoN all around, featuring the first ever Cycle’s Grand Finals of the HoN Ladies tournament, as well as the Semifinals and Grand Final of the Thai HoN Tour Season 4 event.

About The Author: Fantasy
Fantasy is a journalist with four years of experience working in various eSports. He is currently the HoN Tour correspondent for the CIS and SEA regions, as well as an editor for both ESL Gaming and compLexity Gaming. In addition to his online endeavors, he studies Publicity and Communication, plays American football, and loves movies.