Rank 1 EU Player Watson Reveals Most Difficult Offlaners to Lane Against

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Rank 1 EU Player Watson Reveals Most Difficult Offlaners to Lane Against

Ammar Aryani
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Entity’s newest carry player Alimzhan "watson" Islambekov recently shared his opinion on which offlaners are the hardest to lane against.
He pointed out that Team Spirit’s Collapse and the offlane duo of BetBoom Team’s Nightfall & Save- are the hardest to lane against.
Watson recently made his debut with Entity on BetBoom Xmas Show, finishing top six at the tournament.

Entity’s newest carry player, Alimzhan "watson" Islambekov recently shared his thoughts on which offlaners are the hardest to lane against in a recent livestream. Watson was recently picked up by Entity during the off-season from HellRaisers, following the departure of explosive carry Ivan “Pure” Moskalenko to BetBoom Team.

Watson also recently made his debut with the organization at the BetBoom Xmas Show tournament, where he achieved a top six finish in his first tournament with Entity.

Watson thinks that Collapse & the offlane duo of Nightfall & Save- are the hardest to lane against

According to cybersport.ru, Entity’s newest addition Watson recently shared his thoughts on which offlaners are the hardest to lane against in his recent livestream on Twitch.

Watson started off by saying that Team Spirit’s Magomed "Collapse" Khalilov would be his first choice, having faced him during his time as Hellraiser’s carry in the first division of the 2021/2022 Dota Pro Circuit Eastern Europe (EEU) season. He further added that the offlane duo of Egor "Nightfall" Grigorenko and Vitalie "Save-" Melnic would be his second choice, as he thinks that duo will be harder to play against rather than Nightfall alone.

“[Question: Against which offlaners is it hard to stand on the lane?] Collapse, Nightfall with Save- - together, not separately.”

In addition to his answer, Watson also gave his reasoning on Collapse as his first choice of hardest offlaner to lane against. While he noted that Collapse’s play style as an offlaner has slightly mellowed out after winning The International 2021 (TI10) with Team Spirit, he also pointed out that it is still very hard to lane against the player itself.

“Collapse used to be much stronger. Now he’s still very strong, but my feeling was that when we [Hellraisers] played the first season of DPC right after Team Spirit won the International, Collapse’s aggressiveness as an offlaner was more painful. Either that or I was playing badly as a carry.``

[Transcriptions via cybersport.ru, Translations via DeepL]

Despite his decent debut outing with Entity at the BetBoom Xmas Show tournament, Watson will have a lot to prove in the upcoming season, as he will now be playing in the Western Europe (WEU) DPC league against the likes of TI11 Champions (The International 2022) Tundra Esports and Team Secret amongst other teams.


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Ammar has been actively engaged in the esports industry in Malaysia in multiple roles in the past. Now, he utilizes his esports expertise to create insightful and meaningful content as the de facto Dota 2 writer at AFK Gaming.

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