The action in Western Europe is slowly coming to and after we had three epic weeks. So far, a couple of teams seem to stand out from the crowd, but we are yet to see which of them will prevail and qualify for the Major.
Before we learn the names of the teams that will get the slots, it is time for our weekly preview, where we will show you some of the hottest matches of the week. Even though some results were not as interesting as before, a few games were fun to watch.
Alliance lost yet again
Once one of the best teams in Europe, Alliance is now just a mere shadow of its former glory. The team led by Nikolay “Nikobaby” Nikolov secured a slot for Division I during Tour 2, but it seems like the team has a lot of work to do. After losing three series before this week, the team lost yet again.
The first challenge ahead of Alliance was against goonsquad, a team that consisted of a couple of players that were a part of Alliance before. Needless to say, this made the series even more interesting to watch.
Despite the excellent pick from Alliance, the team failed to live up to the expectations and lost its first match against GS. Gustav “s4” Magnusson and the rest of his team picked a draft that focused heavily on pushing. As expected, the team used it perfectly and won the first map.
With their backs against the wall, Alliance tried to use a meta draft with Bristleback and Ember Spirit for the second game. Goonsquad also stuck to the meta and got Marci, Zeus and Razor.
The two teams battled early on to get a lead over their opponents, but neither succeeded. However, things changed once GS’s Razor survived in a few fights. The hero quickly gained a solid lead over the cores of Alliance, which allowed him to dictate the game’s tempo.
Sadly, Alliance lost the next few fights, which gave their team enough advantage to win the match.
The match vs GG
After losing the first game of the week, Alliance lost another game. In other words, the team will undoubtedly drop to Division II for Tour 4.
Although Nikobaby and co. had a few good moments, the team was outplayed in both games. GG wanted to win more and proved it with every gank. In the end, the team won a crucial match that might save them from dropping to Division II.
Team Liquid vs Team Secret
We expected both teams to give everything they have in this series, and we were not disappointed. Team Secret’s strange performance in the last few weeks required them to win this match if they wanted to have any chances of securing a Major slot. As for Team Liquid, Lasse Aukusti “MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen and the rest had to win to be 100% sure they would go to the Major.
The first match between the two looked perfect for Team Liquid on paper, but the team failed to defeat its powerful enemy. The strong start allowed Liquid’s Furion and Necrophos to get a good start, but the team had to go up against the IO and Bristle combo.
Everything was ok for Matu and co until the 18th-minute mark when Team Secret won a decisive fight near the bot lane. After that, everything went downhill because Secret’s cores gained a solid lead over their opponents. Although Liquid tried to bounce back, they did not have enough firepower to defeat their opponents.
After losing game one, Team Liquid looked more motivated than ever to win the second match. Hence, the team picked some of their best heroes like Snapfire and Troll Warlord. Despite gaining a solid lead early on and in the mid-game, Liquid failed to defeat Team Secret.
Everything was going well for TL, but the team could not use its advantage to win. Secret slowly but steadily bounced back in the series and eventually became too strong. The last nail in the coffin came 32 minutes after the start of the game when TS killed all 5 heroes and secured the Aegis.
Tundra vs Entity
Normally, this wouldn’t have been an exciting series because Tundra looks much stronger on paper. However, Entity’s previous results have shown that this team definitely has what it takes to win. Hence, the series was way more fun.
Tundra had all of the chances of winning the first game, but Enigma and the Black Hole prevented this from happening. Entity had a pretty solid start to the game and managed to get a comfortable lead. Tundra did everything in its power to bounce back, but this was not enough to win.
Following the team’s loss in game one, Tundra bounced back in this series and won the next two maps with little to no effort. Oliver “skiter” Lepko and the rest dominated in the match's second game. Despite playing against OD, Tundra’s Juggernaut and Doom knew exactly what to do to prevent the hero from winning.
After winning the second game of this epic match, Tundra also won the third clash between these powerhouses. Entity got OD and Invoker and the two heroes had a significant impact. However, even they were not powerful enough to win against their strong opponents.
DGG Esports vs EU Rejects
There were a couple of big games in Western Europe’s Division II. Besides NGX’s victory, the game that turned out to be more interesting than expected was between DGG and EU Rejects.
After three epic games and numerous back and forth actions, DGG won this essential series. Game one was a rollercoaster of emotions because EU-R got a substantial lead from the getgo. We expected them to win this game, but in the end, DGG rose from the ashes like a phoenix and secured themselves the victory.
Game two went in favor of Rasmus Johan “Chessie” Blomdin and the rest because they just had the better draft. Although their opponents picked Sniper, the hero was not powerful enough to defeat the mighty Spectre and lost the game.
Despite losing with Sniper, DGG Esports likes the hero, which is why it picked it again for game three. However, this time, the team removed Spectre from the hero pool, which is why their enemies had to use Visage and Sven.
Sadly, EU-R could not withstand the damage from DGG’s cores and had no way of dealing with the pesky sniper. After dying multiple times, the team had no other option but to use the GG call and lose yet another series.
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