All the highlights from Day One in Los Angeles.
Our first Minor of the 2019-2020 DPC season is finally upon us. Dota Summit 11 officially kicked off today with a full day of Bo3’s. Two of our eight teams have been eliminated as the battle for that final spot at the Major heats up. Let’s take a look at some of the day’s highlights.
Ninjas in Pyjamas vs jfshfh178 – Game 1
When it comes to the day's early series the thrashing jfshfh178 delivered to NiP in their opening match certainly provides an interesting upset.
The new CIS kids on the block put on a dominant showing right from the game's opening minutes. They snatched the net worth lead straight away in the laning phase, then snowballed toward a 34-minute victory.
Palantimos was a beast on his Chaos Knight. The Belarusian and former Vega Squadron player put on a powrful showing for his team, ending the game at 12/1/8.
NiP didn’t even get a look in, bowing out with the final score 10–28. An 18-kill lead for jfshfh178 and a fantastic start to their first games of the DPC season.
Ad Finem vs Geek Fam – Game 2
Another highlight, game two in our series between Ad Finem and Geek Fam gave us a close fight had plenty of back and forth action to keep us entertained over the games 43-minutes. With both teams putting up a hard fight to avoid falling into the day’s elimination bracket.
As the game reached the mid phase, it looked like Ad Finem were going to equalise the series. They took control of the net worth just past the 20-minute mark, allowing them to pull into the lead. But Geek Fam kept up a tight defense and turned things around. In the end, there were only 8-kills separating the two teams with a final kill-count of 25–33 to take the series.
Ad Finem vs HellRaisers – Game 3
Our final series of the day was also the only series to go to the full three games, and the third one is well worth the watch. It was a back and forth fight to the finish, with both teams stepping into the lead at some point in the game.
In the end it was HellRaisers who came out on top. Just past the games 30-minute mark, they turned a high ground defense into some much needed kills on Ad Finem's cores. The result was a game winning advantage. Ad Finem’s MDL dreams were officially over.
It's worth mentioning the oustanding performance delivered by Nix this series. Watching him at work on his Queen of Pain during the game's final minutes was an asbolute treat. He ended the match with a KDR of 17/2/3. With a decent chunk of those kills coming in as HellRaisers rolled to their victory.
With our first day of competition all wrapped up, we say goodbye to paiN Gaming and Ad Finem. Our remaining six teams advance forward to the next round, as the fight for a chance to compete later this month at Chengdu continues.