Beijing erupted in cheers. Immediately, CrazyMoving jumped to his feet, overwhelmed by his team’s accomplishment. After 6 months in the shadow of their sister team, MVP Miracle had finally beaten their own masters. MVP Black, world champions just that Spring, had been defeated by their own secondary squad. For many, Gold Cup World Championship seemed to be a turning point in the storied Heroes history of MVP. MVP Black, one of the most dominant teams in Heroes history, was set to take a backseat to their own sister team. The future for Miracle could not have looked brighter.
This power shift was corroborated by their offseason roster changes. For MVP Miracle, the Winter break was a time of high potential and celebration. In January, Miracle added the ex-Tempest duo of HongCono and Dami, to replace Reset and Tssst. Dami and HongCono had long been known as two of the most high-flying combinations Korean Heroes had to offer. Their mechanically-driven hyper aggression made them a terrifying tag team to be reckoned with. Tempest was a poor fit for the two, but MVP Miracle provided a hot new environment for them to show their skill. Miracle’s upward trend wasn’t slowing down going into the first official season of HGC.
Meanwhile, MVP’s main squad suffered a different fate. Over the offseason, Sign and Rich left the team, leaving a massive whole in the roster where two legends had once been. Rich and Sign’s respective roles as the brawn and brain for MVP Black had been crucial to the team’s long-term success. Rich was known as the world’s best DPS, and one of the most mechanically gifted players to touch the game. Likewise, Sign’s shotcalling and drafting gave MVP Black the tactical element they needed to be at the top of the game. No matter how strong their Miracle performance was, Tsst and Reset had impossible shoes to fill on their new team.
The clashing trends of these two teams were reflected in preseason predictions. Black were weighed down by asterisks, questions of the team’s performance without Sign as a guiding presence. On the other hand, Miracle’s questions revolved around how high they could fly, rather than how low they could fall. Their consistent improvement lacked a ceiling, and whispers spread of a new challenger to L5. Korean Heroes was being turned on its head.
Alas, not everyone is as optimistic as a US hockey team. The miracle soon ran out, as the younger MVP hit their ceiling fairly quickly. Over 5 weeks of Heroes, growing pains were revealed as fundamental problems not going away anytime soon. Now, a week before the return of HGC Korea, Miracle remain near the bottom of the standings, sporting a lackluster 13-19 record over their first 7 series. Their only series wins came in 5 game slugfests against bottom tier teams, a far cry from their top 2 performance at GCWC. How can a team with so much potential fall so far short of it?
To put it simply, Miracle isn’t one team at all. Even months after their initial arrival, HongCono and Dami have practically zero synergy with the original Miracle core. The aggressive invaders have yet to find their place in a team that once thrived off a more passive style. Time and time again, these two players have given up advantages to their opponents, simply because they lack the support they need. Their Zeratul-Muradin ganks work well in theory, but miss the team setups to execute properly. This internal fragmentation has caused problems in all areas of play. Map control, teamfighting, and wave pressure have all suffered as a result of Miracle’s blatant lack of communication.
MVP Miracle is at a breaking point. If they don’t hit a massive upswing now, their HGC dreams may be over. CMoving, once hailed as a top-notch shotcaller, is in need of a wakeup call. His team is dysfunctional; a scattered mess of aggressive and passive mismatches. It’s time for the veteran to step up, and force his team to play to their strengths, and not their personal comforts. For Miracle to succeed, Darvish and Sniper must play around their stars. That’s up to CMoving to set in motion.