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Team SMG qualifies for the Berlin Major after stomp against Army Geniuses

Keep track of the live results and series breakdown of Army Geniuses vs Team SMG here! Update: After a 2-0 win, SMG qualifies for the Berlin Major!

The third week of Southeast Asia (SEA) Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) begins today with a spicy matchup - Army Geniuses vs Team SMG. Both teams currently share the same scoreline and are close to securing a slot at the Berlin Major.

Army Geniuses, who came from Division II last season, has been performing incredibly well. The Indonesian team comprises notable pub stars such as Muhammad "inYourdreaM" Rizky and Yuri "Yowe" Pacaña. Team SMG, on the other hand, has always been an intimidating force in SEA and in this particular season, looks stronger than ever. The team is led by star player, Yeik "MidOne" Nai Zheng, who is keen to bring his team to The International stage. Both teams stand in second place after four wins and a loss. But which team will prevail in this exciting series and book a slot at the next Dota 2 Major?

Update: Team SMG is going to the Berlin Major

After a convincing 2-0 win against Army Geniuses, Team SMG is confirmed to attend the next Dota 2 Major in Berlin, Germany. This is definitely refreshing news for the players and fans after a rough few seasons. This will also be Team SMG's first time attending a Major as an organization. Their run in this season's DPC will culminate with a final series against Bleed Esports on March 29th.

Here is the current full roster of Team SMG: Lee "CDR" Jia He, Kam "Moon" Boon Seng, Yeik "MidOne" Nai Zheng, Tue "ah fu" Soon Chuan, and, Wilson "poloson" Koh.

Army Geniuses vs Team SMG results: 0-2

Game
Team
Kill Score
Team
Army Geniuses [L]
21-38
Team SMG [W]
Army Geniuses [L]
16-32
Team SMG [W]

Where to watch

You can watch the live broadcast of Army Geniuses vs Team SMG on EPULZE's Twitch. There is also an official broadcast on YouTube if you prefer to watch it on the red platform.

We have embedded the Twitch livestream below!

Series breakdown: Draft, net worth, clips

The first game saw an interesting draft from both sides but AG definitely gambled with a Doom position 4 and an unconventional core set of Tinker and Pudge.

Team SMG's draft in Game 1.<br>via <a href="https://stratz.com/matches/7079594677?matchupView=LIST" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener nofollow">STRATZ</a>
Team SMG's draft in Game 1.
via STRATZ
Army Geniuses' draft in Game 1.<br>via <a href="https://stratz.com/matches/7079594677?matchupView=LIST" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener nofollow">STRATZ</a>
Army Geniuses' draft in Game 1.
via STRATZ

The game was a close contest and both teams brought similar aggression but Team SMG constantly had the upper hand in terms of net worth. There were clutch moments for AG such as the insane juke by Yowe.

But Team SMG had the better teamfight outcome as they read AG's movements. This particular fight sealed the deal for Team SMG as they were able to secure mega-creeps after and end the first game.

The second game sees CDR grab his Morphling once again. Interestingly, Yowe also grabs the unconventional Tinker for the second time.

Team SMG's draft in Game 2.<br>via <a href="https://stratz.com/matches/7079633624?matchupView=LIST" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener nofollow">STRATZ</a>
Team SMG's draft in Game 2.
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Army Geniuses' draft in Game 2.<br>via <a href="https://stratz.com/matches/7079633624?matchupView=LIST" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener nofollow">STRATZ</a>
Army Geniuses' draft in Game 2.
via STRATZ

The second game was a slow burn for Army Geniuses. SMG played with great discipline, asserting control over the map and accumulating a high net worth lead. Army Geniuses tried to play with caution but there was no window for them to recover. It ultimately ended in SMG's favor and they closed the game at 44 minutes.

This victory confirms a slot at the Berlin Major for Team SMG, the organization's first appearance at a Dota 2 Major!


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