Team Liquid survive the first three game series at the WePlay! Pushka League playoffs
WePlay! Pushka League was quickly coming to an end, with only five teams remaining when the day began – but after the first series between Team Liquid and Alliance, there would be only four.
Liquid had definitely upped their game considerably ever since they lost their first two group stage games at WePlay! Pushka League, even beating Team Secret then. But Secret got their revenge last night as they took a fairly easy 2-0 victory, knocking Liquid into the lower bracket. For Alliance, their brilliant group stage was quickly shattered in the upper bracket when Virtus.pro Prodigy knocked them down and left them a loss away from elimination. After beating Natus Vincere, the team moved forward but Liquid would now have a shot at revenge.
Although Alliance were quick to draw first blood, their kills for the rest of the first game were few and far between, with Liquid finding a small early advantage. That said, it was all relatively even between the two teams up until a fight around the Roshan pit little after 15-minutes. Liquid were meticulous in their set up, not losing a single kill in that fight as they wiped their opponent and from then on, Alliance could never fight back, as the first game went to Liquid.
If they were to move forward in the tournament, Alliance would now need to tie the series and take us to the first full-three game series in the playoff stage at WePlay! Pushka League – and they managed to do so with relative ease. Even with a Naga Siren, Liquid could not find a way to break the Alliance lineup and game three was on the way. However, Liquid were more than up for the challenge, as Maximilian ‘qojqva’ Bröcker’s Templar Assassin went unkilled in the 40-10 destruction.
With that, Alliance would be unfortunately eliminated from the WePlay! Pushka League.
Virtus.pro’s WePlay! Pushka League run ended by Team Liquid
Following their victory over Alliance, Team Liquid would need to play another series instantly, this time against Virtus.pro with both teams fighting for their tournament lives and a spot in the lower bracket finals.
Virtus.pro and Team Liquid had already played earlier in the tournament, in the opening day of the playoffs when it was Liquid who pulled off a solid 2-0 victory and send VP into the lower bracket. VP have since managed to survive by eliminating both HellRaisers and Ninjas in Pyjamas – but Liquid wouldn’t be as easy to get past.
Although they dropped a game in their previous series, Liquid were still looking extremely dangerous and easily at the best form in some time. The first game of the series showed exactly this as they rolled over the VP lineup with ease as Michael ‘MiCKe’ Vu’s Void Spirit being entirely unkillable and ending at 15-0-11. VP would not require a victory in order to remain in the tournament, but Liquid seemed to be on a high.
VP looked to be a bit better off in game two, but they made the error of allowing Liquid to have their Lone Druid, which would end up being their demise. The CIS squad did manage to have one decent teamfight but that was nowhere near enough to overcome the Liquid lineup and would end with another 2-0 loss.
With that Virtus.pro will be eliminated from the WePlay! Pushka League in fourth place – which is admirable even after their victory at ESL One Los Angeles Online. For Liquid, they would be the first team into the lower bracket final and their opponent would be VP.Prodigy.
Team Secret reach WePlay! Pushka League grand finals with 100% playoffs win rate
After 19 days of matches the first season of WePlay! Pushka League has reached the finals stages with Team Secret displaying absolute domination across the Europe and CIS regions.
Puppey and co topped Group A dropping just one series, but once the playoffs stage kicked off, they cruised with clean 2-0 victories through all the upper bracket series to secure a top two finish. Their latest victim is the youth squad of Virtus.pro, VP.Prodigy.
VP.P have clearly exceeded all expectations by making it to the top three at their first tournament filled with tier one competitors. In fact, they managed to place better than the main squad of the organization, as Virtus.pro got eliminated earlier today in the 4th place by Team Liquid. However, despite their great showing in the tournament, VP.P got heavily outclassed by Team Secret in the upper bracket finals. They were out drafted and outplayed in game one with a last pick Tinker from Secret. Prodigy had a Centaur Warrunner and an Oracle on their side, which prolonged the game past the 40-minute mark, but surviving the early aggression didn’t mean a better chance in the later stage for them. Secret paired Tinker with Bane making a deadly combo for anyone caught in the Nightmare – Fiend’s Grip – Missile sequence
The series went from bad to worse for VP.P, who had to fight in game two against Lasse “MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen’s signature Lycan. He took the hero mid lane, while Michał “Nisha” Jankowski played Queen of Pain in the safe lane. As expected, the towers went down extremely fast, leaving no time for VP.P to develop their Morphing game plan. Fortunately for them, the defeat against Secret doesn’t come with elimination. They still have a chance to make it back in the grand finals via the lower bracket finals where Team Liquid are waiting.
WePlay! Pushka League will come to a close today, May 12. Team Liquid vs VP.Prodigy lower bracket final will open the day at 19:00 followed by the best-of-five grand finals.