Original article by : Track Dota
With day two of the WePlay AniMajor Group Stage over, the group has proved to be incredibly competitive as four teams have ended the day with a score of 5-3. With only three series remaining for each team, the last few days of the Major are all the more exciting.
The top two teams of the group will advance to the upper bracket of the playoffs, while the bottom two will be eliminated from the tournament. The middle four will advance to the lower bracket of the playoffs. Only the top eight teams will receive prize money and DPC points, which some teams desperately need if they hope to avoid TI qualifiers.
The group appears to have been split into two categories of teams thus far: those fighting for the top two playoff spots and those fighting just to stay in the tournament.
The battle for the top
PSG.LGD sits at the top of the group with a score of 6-2. PSG.LGD has looked in this tournament and have been able to pull slightly ahead from the rest of the pack. In their last series, they completely dismantled Team Liquid and the individual skill from each player on the team was overwhelming. Though only in first by one game, with such a close and competitive group every game carries immense weight.
Just below PSG.LGD sits Evil Geniuses, Team Nigma, Vici Gaming, and TNC Predator who are all tied with a score of 5-3.
EG and VG have both been performing solidly and splitting most of their series, both having three ties. Team Spirit managed to steal a game away from both teams, as Spirit swiftly took down EG in 22 minutes and had an impressive 50 minute comeback against VG. Though ties are much better than losses, these two may need to pull out some 2-0’s in the upcoming days if they hope to get to the upper bracket. While EG has already qualified to TI, VG needs at least a top eight finish if they hope to qualify based on points.
The series between Nigma and TNC was vital towards the progression of the group stage. Heading into the series Nigma and TNC had scores of 5-1 and 3-3, respectively. Nigma was the favorite of the series and were expected to ride their momentum from their previous series into this one. However, in two close back and forth games, TNC was able to take the series 2-0 and force the four way tie that the group currently sits at.
Struggling to survive
Though these five teams have had competitive starts, some teams have looked incredibly lackluster at this tournament, most notably Team Liquid. The second seed from the EU DPC, Liquid currently sits at the bottom of the group with a rough score of 1-7. Many thought after their performance during the DPC with and newest stand-in player Syed Sumail “SumaiL” Hassan the team would be at least in the top half of the group, not in dead last. The team has looked incredibly lost in their games, only managing to take a game off of beastcoast. There is no more room for error for Liquid if they hope to keep their tournament dreams alive.
Speaking of beastcoast, they sit just above Liquid with a score of 2-6. After Thunder Predator’s surprising performance in the last Major, the world wanted to see more South American Dota on the main stage, but beastcoast is having the opposite result of Thunder Predator. They have a 99% chance of still going to TI with their 800 DPC points, but it never feels good to be at the bottom of the group.
Lastly, Team Spirit sits in 6th with a score of 3-5. This is the young squad’s first LAN, with the exception of captain Yaroslav “Miposhka” Naidenov who has been in the EEU scene for a while. They’ve played four very tough opponents and two of their remaining series are against the two teams below them. Though they don’t look to be able to get into the top two, Spirit has a solid shot of making it through to the next stage of the event.
Catch some more exciting games tomorrow, starting with PSG.LGD versus TNC Predator and Vici Gaming versus beastcoast! Stay up to date with our event hub!