Just like that, six weeks after the start of Tour 2 in the 2021/2022 DPC, we already know the names of the winners and losers. The last couple of weeks were full of action, and the last one was not an exception. Unfortunately, we only had the chance to swatch a couple of matches. Like Tour 1, the last week in most regions only has a couple of games.
Some matches were a lot more interesting to watch than others, so let’s take a look at them and all the details you need to keep in mind. Now that Tour 2 is over, we have a couple of weeks for the ESL One Stockholm 2022.
Tundra vs Brame
The first series of the week was against Brame and Team Tundra. Although it did not seem that intriguing on paper, Tundra’s players needed the victory in order to secure a slot for the Major. Fortunately, Neta “33” Shapira and the rest succeed.
Both teams didn’t want to experiment, which is why they picked some of their best heroes. Brame focused heavily on their Phantom Assassin. The hero’s laning stage was ok, but he had a mountain to climb because Tundra’s cores were really strong.
Chaos Knight and DK, as well as IO, make one of the most robust combos in the game right now. The two STR cores are powerful and hard to kill. Unfortunately, Brame’s decision to get PA was not worth it because the hero couldn’t do enough damage to bring down Tundra’s cores.
As expected, 33 and the rest got an early lead, which allowed their cores to snowball. A couple of minutes later, Tundra’s lead was more than 10k, which was a clear sign of where this game was going.
It seems like the first loss in the series had a big impact on Brame’s motivation for game two. The team got a strange draft that tried to use Bloodseeker’s mid-game potential and DK’s late-game power.
Unsurprisingly, Tundra played more aggressively and wanted to ensure their opponents won’t utilize their draft. After securing a few kills during the early stage, Tundra Esports completely took over the game. The team destroyed all T1 towers and gained an almost 8 net worth just 13 minutes after the start of the game.
Brame tried to use BS’s ultimate to score a few kills, but Tundra’s rotations were too good. In the end, 33 and his teammates won the series after dominating in both games. The victory gave them 4th place in Division I and a spot for the Major.
This was bad news for Team Secret because the team occupied this spot before this match. After Tundra’s success, TS won’t be able to attend the Major.
OG vs Entity
The second match that was also interesting to follow was between OG and Entity. Even though Bozhidar “bzm” Bogdanov and the rest had already secured their spot for the Major, Entity had to fight for its survival. Nigma Galaxy was the first team that will have to go to Division II, but after losing this match, Entity will join them.
Every expected OG to dominate in this match because they are the better team. Even though they won both games, Entity did not go down without a fight. The team was fighting for its survival, which is why both games were neck and neck.
OG’s lineup in game one was too greedy, and it almost cost them the game. Fortunately, the team won a few big fights, which allowed them to get an Aegis for Tiny just 22 minutes after the start of the game. This item had a significant impact on the game and helped the team gain a considerable lead.
The next couple of minutes were disastrous for Entity because their cores died multiple times. Sadly, the team could not delay the game long enough for TB to become active, so it decided to use the GG call.
Entity was one game away from losing their most important series of Tour 2, so they decided to step up their game. They’ve picked a fantastic overall draft that was strong in every stage of the game. Sadly, the team had to go up against none other than Phantom Lancer.
OG did not have the best start to the game. Despite having more kills, Entity had the networth advantage because the team destroyed two Tier 1 towers. Lucky for them, things started looking better during the mid-game.
OG’s Kunkka and PL slowly became more powerful than Entity’s cores, but even this was not enough to bring down their motivated opponents. Neither team had a lead over the other until the messy fight near the Rosh pit 33 minutes after the start of the game. OG killed three heroes and got the Aegis, was enough to defeat their opponents.
CHILLAX vs IVY
CHILLAX was one of the teams in WEU’s Division II that had the chance to secure a slot for Division I. However, the loss against IVY did not allow the team to shine, which means they will stay in Division II for Tour 3.
Despite the amazing draft in game one, CHILLAX made many mistakes that ultimately cost them the victory. The teams Ursa and IO combi failed to snowball out of control, which gave their opponents enough time. IVY’s late-game draft was slowly but steadily getting stronger and stronger, and in the end, the team won.
After the loss, Samu “MTD” Hautala and the rest won the second game, despite having CK and AM in the same draft. For some reason, IVY decided to use Zeus, a hero that is not often among the go-to options. Unsurprisingly, the hero was unable to shine against AM, so IVY had to play one more game.
The third map between these two teams was definitely the most interesting. It lasted for a little over 53 minutes, but in the end, IVY’s late-game-orientated draft prevailed.
Naga, Tiny, and Bloodseeker were too strong for Pango and MK. Even Abaddon was not enough to save them from dying, which meant CHILLAX lost an essential match.
This victory was crucial for IVY because the team guaranteed itself its survival in Division II.