A recap of the ONE Esports Singapore Major for the three teams that qualified to the group stage. The group stage kicks off on March 29.
The ONE Esports Singapore Major is in full swing and both the Wild Card Chinese teams will qualify for the group stage. Joining Vici Gaming and PSG.LGD will be Team Liquid. Here’s a quick recap of the Wild Card stage journey for these three teams.
PSG.LGD tops the Wild Card leaderboards
PSG.LGD’s 0-2 loss to Team Liquid on Day 1 raised a few eyebrows. Consistently placing in the top two of Chinese Dota 2 events, PSG.LGD is well-known for its consistency. The organization’s support and the player’s efforts have produced results for the team’s fans. Day 2 of the ONE Esports Singapore Major saw PSG.LGD win all its matches. The team took the top spot of the leaderboards over its local counter-part Vici Gaming and Team Liquid.
Vici Gaming finished in second place with a 7-3 score. Vici’s qualification to the group stage means all four Chinese DPC teams still remain in the Singapore Major. It is the only region to have all of its teams in contention at the first Dota 2 LAN event in over a year.
Vici Gaming is a team that is open to new ideas and playbooks. However, one of the most exciting matches of the Wild Card Stage, the one between PSG.LGD and Vici Gaming, did not go according to plan.
PSG.LGD picked the IO in both games while Vici Gaming went with Puck. IO and Puck are two of the hottest heroes in the Major so far and the teams clashed on playstyle and form.
Game 1 was extremely close with both teams standing a decent chance to win the game. Ultimately, PSG.LGD’s draft was able to pull ahead and secure the game. Game 2 saw PSG.LGD build up a massive lead over its opponent and take the trophy of the best Chinese team in the Wild Card.
Team Liquid - Off to a Blazing Start but Lost Steam on Day 2
Team Liquid’s performance on day 1 was beyond expectations. The team went 6-0 defeating the likes of Team Nigma, PSG.LGD and T1 esports. With dominant performances and versatility in its draft, Team Liquid looked extremely strong.
However, one day later, the team looked the polar opposite of its Day 1 performance. Liquid went 0-4 losing all of its regular games to Vici Gaming and AS Monaco Gambit. The team’s inability to win a single game in the regular wild card stage necessitated a tie-breaker between Team Liquid and AS Monaco.
Team Liquid pulled out all stops in the tie-breaker with an IO carry and a mid-Invoker. The double cataclysm was too much pure damage for Gambit in the tie-breaker series.
The Singapore Major is the first International Dota 2 LAN in over a year. The clash between the two strongest regions in Dota 2, Europe and China, will throw up some intense games. With four Chinese teams and three European teams standing tall at the Major, Dota 2 fans are in for some top-tier gameplay.
The ONE Esports Singapore Major group stage kicks off tomorrow with Europe’s Alliance taking on China’s Team Aster in the opening match. Dota 2 fans can catch all the action live on Twitch. Valve recently released a new player experience that would ensure smoother integration of new players into the MOBA.
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