WePlay AniMajor’s playoffs got off to a spectacular start.
The best opening ceremony seen in the competitive Dota 2 scene was likely matched by the clinical performances of T1 and PSG.LGD who not only crushed their opponents 2-0 but also secured their places at The International 10. during the first series of playoffs in the main.
T1 and Team Aster, both arriving at the major tournament as No.1 seeds from their respective regions, had the honor of opening the playoff battle. While most have China on their radar as the most competitive region around right now and viewed Aster as at least as dominant in their gameplay as PSG.LGD was in the group stage of the tournament, T1 was ready to take out all of them. skeptics.
The first game featured an offlane broodmother from Carlo “KukuPalad, who has instead been criticized for his performance on the hero during the DPC league season and a sure Morphling track in the hands of Nuengnara “23savage” Teeramahanon and both were crucial factors in their team’s victory.
Kuku’s aggressive stance and the continued pressure on Aster created the perfect intense farming setup for 23savage, and the two became unstoppable forces. Aster was also dominated and overtaken in Game 2, but by a Magnus-Lifestealer combo and a Viper who stayed above Du “Monet” Peng’s Medusa in team fights to make her an almost negligible unit. .
Asked in the winner’s interview about their preparation for this match and the pressure they felt during the series, knowing that a victory will essentially send them to TI10, the T1 captain, Kuku said that he and the coach March had repeatedly told the team “Don’t think about the outcome, just take one game at a time.”
Now that the pressure is off T1’s shoulders, it will be even more interesting to follow their AniMajor adventure and see how far they can carry the SEA flag in the tournament. Their next opponents will be PSG.LGD which has not yet lost a series in this Major.
PSG.LGD reached the playoffs with an impeccable run in the group stage matches. They placed first in the group and came in with an 11-3 game record set with their own take on the current meta. Their transport ax, less terrifying armor they can pull off, and impeccable game plan executions set them a huge target for the playoffs. But, the long practice under pressure they had in the group stage seemed to have prepared them even more for what was about to come and when they took on the European seeded first team in the playoffs. playoffs.
For the first half of the first match between Alliance and PSG.LGD, the former held the gold and experience advantage thanks to Linus “Limmp” Blomdin’s first successful rotations on Death Prophet and his Lion and Winter Wyvern supports. PSG.LGD were swarmed into their jungle, losing control of the map and being forced to play from behind, but they never seemed too worried about it as they played around Morphling timings. A single fight from Roshan around the 30th minute turned the tide in their favor and the match ended just 10 minutes later, with Alliance losing 0-1 in the best-of-three series.
The second game started off with a first choice Axis from PSG.LGD which sparked some responses from the Alliance in the form of a strong AoE check over what could have been the Chinese team’s signing in the match. this major tournament. However, PSG.LGD tipped it off on the offlane, while their plan was developed around a medium razor and a Drow Ranger. Although Alliance had direct counters to almost everything PSG.LGD lined up, the laning phase went disastrously for them and the game got out of hand pretty quickly. Their long cooldown dependent on Faceless Void didn’t have time to recover and this sent Alliance to fight for its survival via lower support towers.
WePlay AniMajor’s first day in the playoffs continues with Team Nigma coming into the wild card stage, taking on Virtus.pro and will end with seed teams NA and SA, Quincy Crew and NoPing Esports, s’ facing off in their first major tournament. of the year.
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