Undying and AA Dominate the Frankfurt Group Stage
Until now the hero has been picked by 9 different players and the one that abused him the most is Evil Geniuses' Clinton "Fear" Loomis with 4 games and a 75% win rate. The "Old Man" is also the third most active Undying's player during v6.85 with 8 games, while OG's Tal "Fly" Aizik reached the first place with the astonishing number of 23 games and with a 82% win rate. It's pretty curious to think that Fly played this hero only one time during the Group Stage. It will definitevely be really interesting to give a better look to this data at the end of the entire Major. Will he play Undying more, use him as a final resort, or will the high number of bans against this hero will reduce the chances to pick him?
Fear focused on cheap supportive items buying an Urn of Shadows in every game and a pair of Arcane Boots. In the few cases, in which he was able to have more money for himself, he opted for a Vladimir's Offering, a Medallion of Courage later upgraded in a Solar Crest, a Mekansm and a Glimmer Cape. Obviously, being a support and due to the low number of games that we are considering, almost every item of this list has been bought just a single time.
The situation is similar to Undying, in fact, AA has been picked by 9 different players and the one that used him the most is Virtus.pro's Artsiom "fng" Barshack with just 3 games and a 66% win rate. Considering the entire patch, the players that played and excelled with him the most are Cloud9's Theeban "1437" Siva with 15 games and a 66% win rate and Secret's Clement "Puppey" Ivanov with 8 games and a 75% win rate.
There aren't enough games in the Major until now, so we will give a look at their items during v6.85. 1437 bought a Hand of Midas in almost every game, while the Glimmer Cape and the Aghanim's Scepter are his second most favourite items, picked 8 and 7 times each, on average at 37 and 34 minutes. Puppey, instead, didn't focus a lot on the Hand of Midas (we can find it in just 2 games) while in 6 games over 8 he got an Aghanim's Scepter. The predominant pair of boots for both of them are the Tranquil Boots, later on substituted with the Boots of Travel.