Everything you need to know about the third week of the DPC in Western Europe.
Last week was pretty fun to watch, especially in the Upper Bracket. The amazing series between Alliance and Nigma was a joy to watch because both teams gave their best. Although Kuro "KuroKy" Salehi Takhasomi and his team played well, Alliance was the better team and took the victory.
This week, there were a few intriguing series, namely the one between Team Secret and Alliance. However, before we take a look at it, let’s briefly cover the other matches. Just like our previous recaps, we'll take you through the Upper and Lower Divisions.
Team Bald Reborn vs No Bounty Hunter turned out to be very interesting. No BH are yet to show their prowess in this DPC because they’ve lost yet another series. Despite winning the first game, the team couldn’t take the series after losing two maps in a row.
The next series was between Ghost Frogs and Level UP, two teams that will compete for the top spots in the LD. We expected the series to be close, but this wasn’t the case. LVL UP picked some of their most comfortable heroes and didn’t allow their opponents the chance to shine.
Chicken Fighters vs Into The Breach was yet another three-game thriller, full of back-and-forth action. Dimitris "ThuG" Plivouris helped his teammates a lot, and in the end, they’ve managed to take the series in their favor. The second game didn’t go well for them, but after picking Ember Spirit and Lifestealer, the team was able to win the decisive round.
Despite losing the first series of the week, No Bounty Hunter was able to bounce back against Ghost Frogs. It definitely wasn’t like a walk in the park because Remco "Crystallis" Arets and co. played really well. Luckily, No BH decided to get Lycan for the third game, which turned out to be the right decision.
The final series of the LD was between Vikin.gg vs Chicken Fighters. This was really a treat to watch because both teams will compete for the first two sports. Although CF played well in both games, Vikin.gg was able to take the series after picking Shadow Fiend. It seems like the hero is pretty in the current patch, so we will probably see him a lot more often in the future.
The first series of the Upper Division was between Brame and Team Liquid. Although Michael "miCKe" Vu and his team were victorious, Brame played really well. Especially in game two, where they managed to win several big team fights, and equalized the series.
After the disappointing loss against Alliance, the two-time TI champions managed to win their series against HellBear Smashers. However, it wasn’t as easy as we thought it would be because OG actually lost the second game of the series. Luckily, Anathan "ana" Pham showed his prowess in game three and helped his team.
It seems like Marcus "Ace" Hoelgaard and his team members are continuing to struggle in the UD. After losing their series against OG, they had to go up against another EU powerhouse - Team Liquid. Although they had their chances, Team Liquid was able to take the series in their favor.
The final series was between Nigma and Brame, two teams that are not performing that well right now. Brame played pretty well, especially in game one, where they made a comeback. Sadly, the second and third game did not go well because TI 7 champs didn’t give their enemies any chances.
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Highlight Series: Team Secret vs Alliance
It is safe to say that Alliance is the most dominant team in Europe right now. Despite its shaky performance in the last Major, Linus "Limmp" Blomdin and the rest of the team are playing really well right now.
Following their victory against Nigma, Alliance managed to defeat another powerhouse in the region — Team Secret. Although was the fourth consecutive victory for the team, it didn’t come easy.
The series started well for Secret. They had a very powerful draft in the face of Necrophos and Gyrocopter. The two heroes are hard to deal with, which is why Alliance struggled a lot. After the 20-minute mark, Ludwig "zai" Wåhlberg and the other players from his team started to gain a considerable advantage.
Even though they had to defend their high ground, Alliance was able to bounce back after several clutches play from their cores. The EU powerhouse quickly managed to gain back the 10k networth disadvantage after winning several team fights in a row. In the end, Secret couldn’t stop Alliance’s march and had to prepare themselves for game two.
After losing game one, Team Secret was fired up. It wasn’t easy for them because they’ve lost the laning stage, but their innovative item build (purchasing a Manta Style on Axe) worked really well. Zai was the star of the match because he played really well throughout the entire game.
Alliance tried to fight back, but Limmp and Nikolay “Nikobaby” Nikolov couldn’t do much against the overly aggressive Team Secret. After Clement "Puppey" Ivanov and the rest secured mega creeps, they slowly “suffocated” their opponents and pushed the series into a final game three.
The final game of the series was arguably the most gripping to watch because both teams played really well. Secret’s draft was pretty cool because they focused a lot on tanking, whereas Alliance picked some of their comfortable heroes.
On paper, it seemed like Nikobaby and the rest of his team don’t stand a chance, but this wasn’t the case. Secret had a very good start to the game, but Alliance played smart and didn’t allow Secret’s lineup to shine. Once Niko got enough items, the EU team started to do a lot of damage and in the end, it managed to overcome Puppey’s tanky draft.