All the highlights from our Upper Division tiebreaker in EU’s DPC.
Our Western European region's Upper Division ended locked in a three-way tiebreaker, with OG, Brame and Tundra Esports all duking it out to see which team would avoid relegation to the DPC's lower division. We take you through the action, game by game.
OG vs Brame
Although it was a shock to see OG fall in the last week. As two-time TI winners, they’re a team with plenty of experience under their belt. And even with Omar Mohammad "Madara" Dabachach standing in for Anathan "ana" Pham, a best-of-one game let them use their arsenal to the fullest in their first series against Brame.
Although Brame held the early lead, Madara’s Sven proved too much for Focus to take down on his Lifestealer. Plus, Johan "N0tail" Sundstein’s Ancient Apparition pick was instrumental in providing plenty of support. He helped confirmed 15 of the team’s kills.
And although Brame held the lead in the kills, OG had the discipline to break through their gold advantage and concentrate on objectives to take the win at 39-minutes.
Tundra Esports vs OG
But Tundra turned things around on them in our second Bo1. Oliver "skiter" Lepko’s Troll Warlord pick was much harder to shut down than Naix. Leon “Nine” Kirilin lost the lanes to Topias “Topson” Taavitsainen’s Tiny. But his Puck proved the better choice in the end, providing plenty of synergy with Jingjun “Sneyking” Wu’s Enigma to help pull off some fantastic Black Holes that were instrumental in letting Tundra take control of this game.
Unfortunately, Martin “Saksa” Sazdov just didn’t manage enough stuns of his own on Lina to help OG counter the killer combo.
— DreamHack Dota (@DreamHackDota) May 22, 2021
At 29-minutes Tundra sealed the deal and took the series. But whether this meant an end to the tiebreakers would depend on the final result between them and Brame.
Brame vs Tundra Esports
Our final game saw a slow start. Brame took first blood, but that was the only kill on the board for most of the lanes. Tundra took the second kill of the game as the clock ticked toward 11-minutes. By the 14-minute mark, they’d turned that single kill into seven, and managed to build themselves a 4k lead, and were beginning to take control of the map. At 19-minutes, Tundra took an easy Rosh, nabbing the aegis for skiter’s Faceless Void and took the fight to Radiant’s side of the map. Pushing their gold lead out to 7k. Neta “33” Shapira was dominating on Timbersaw, keeping well in line with Tasos “Focus” Michailidis and his Sven pick in the farm. As the game passed 35-minutes, Tundra seemed to have Brame’s number, taking out the bottom barracks, blowing their advantage out to 21k.
Still, Brame held out. Nikolay "CTOMAHEH1" Kalchev managed to pull off some fantastic stuns on Lina to help provide saves and create some opportunities for his team. But mic troubles on the side of Brame caused a few pauses around this point. Despite a valiant effort on the side of Brame, Tundra’s offense eventually won out. They took the game at 46-minutes.
The result finalised our EU standings, with Brame taking the 7th slot and facing relegation. Tundra esports two victories pushed them up to 5th place. While OG finishes their Season 2 run in 6th.