The playoffs are in full swing now and we have already seen our first teams eliminated out of the playoffs. With the first day of lower bracket games, these were very important because if teams could survive these series, they were guaranteed at least 200 Dota Pro Circuit Points along with a minimum of $12,500.
With Fnatic’s first place in the DPC Season 1, they got themselves straight into the Upper Bracket meaning no Group Stage for them! This meant Fnatic only played two best-of-threes for their whole tournament. They lost to Evil Geniuses in a quick fashion in the Upper Bracket 0-2 and then faced SEA rivals OB Esports x Neon who ultimately knocked them out 1-2.
Fnatic’s result highlights the community discussion about whether your results in the regional seasons should mean you qualify for playoffs at the Major.
Fnatic barely got to play at the Major and had no time to test strategies out apart from scrims, which are far from the same as official games. Fnatic’s opponents had no idea how strong they were or what they were going to play as they only have games from the group stage which is not international and ended a month before the Major started.
Neon now carries on the hopes of the SEA region.
Team Liquid faced a familiar opponent for their lower bracket game as they faced fellow Wild Card team Vici Gaming. VG beat Liquid 2-0 in the Wild Card and unfortunately they couldn’t rewrite history as VG knocked them out of the Major.
Team Liquid didn’t have the best of majors, scraping themselves into the group stage with a Bo1 tiebreaker with AS Monaco Gambit and then finishing 5th with a score of 1-4-2 (wins, draw, loses).
A region that everyone thought was going to be very strong now only has one team left with Team Secret the sole survivors.
Team Aster was up against fan favorites Thunder Predator and TP didn’t let them breathe as they swept the Chinese team 0-2. Aster never really found their footing at this Major managing only one win and 3 draws in the group stage with their one victory coming against bottom place team Alliance.
Aster got knocked out by the wrecking ball that is Thunder Predator who won the group stage after an amazing 8-0 first day.
By far the closest elimination game today came last with CIS powerhouse facing Quincy Crew. Quincy Crew looked great as they dominated Virtus.pro to win the first game with VP barely getting to play the game and ending it on 7 kills. Quinn "Quinn" Callahan debuted his Io in the first game in a very important series however, the reverse sweep was on the table as VP banded together, banned Io first and proceeded to knock out Quincy Crew. Virtus.pro loved the position 5 Death prophet as she featured in both of their wins and was banned by them in the first game.