Day two of the DreamLeague Season 11 Major has concluded. In similar fashion to day one, there was tons of back-and-forth action in most of the games. Let’s take a quick look at what happened. If you missed anything from yesterday, make sure to check out our Day 1 recap here.
— Team Secret (@teamsecret) March 15, 2019
Team Secret vs. Team Liquid
We couldn’t have asked for a better start of the day. The modern “El Classico” of Dota was precisely what everyone expected it to be. To make it even more interesting, SirActionSlacks and AdmiralBullDog were the commentators.
In game one, Team Secret had a somewhat defensive lineup. Their Polish carry was one of the main reasons for their success because as soon as he got big enough, Puppey and his team just gathered as five and pushed. Team Liquid tried to fight back, but they just did not have the resources to do so. Game one went in favor of Secret.
Nisha carried his incredible performance over to the second game. The overall pace here was kind of slow as neither team wanted to make any unnecessary risks. Slowly but steadily, Secret’s Troll Warlord became a little bit too big. At one point he had nearly 10k gold advantage over Liquid’s Morphling. A very messy fight in Liquid’s base around the 35th minute pretty much sealed the deal.
The Chongqing Major Champions have proven again why people consider them to be the best team in the world.
Keen Gaming vs. J.Storm/Team Liquid
The Chinese team has risen like a phoenix after yesterday’s match against Secret. After quickly dealing with J.storm, they had to face the TI 7 champion – Team Liquid. On paper, the European powerhouse shouldn’t have had any problems; however, this was not the case. Game one was pretty one-sided, even though TL tried to do something. They were just unable to quell the pace of the Chinese, and they had to GG out.
Being just one game away from the Upper Bracket, Keen Gaming went into game two more confident than ever. After many back-and-forth fights, eLeVeN and his team-mates did the impossible.
Tomorrow they will have to face “the Chinese executors” – Evil Geniuses.
— LGD Gaming (@LGDgaming) March 15, 2019
NiP vs PSG.LGD
The first game between these two was the definition of a back-and-forth game. Neither of them was able to take that big of an advantage to close out the game. That was until LGD committed a legit 322 play. After failing their smoke gank which resulted in a few buybacks, they went to get Rosh while all of NiP’s players were alive. PPD and his team got the victory.
Despite the unfortunate loss, PSG.LGD did not give up and were able to take the next two games in the series. In game two, they pulled off a very cheesy Naga pick that NiP were not expecting. After winning their lanes, it was a matter of time before Ame got out of control.
The same happened in game 3 – Ame just carried his team with his amazing Morphling.
Fnatic vs. Infamous/NiP
The South American team played an amazing game one against Fnatic. Mason’s Ursa and Timado’s Alchemist completely ripped through Fnatic lineup and got a well-deserved victory.
Of course, a team such as Fnatic is definitely not going down without a fight. The SEA powerhouse was able to take game two and three and sent Infamous to the lower bracket.
The final battle was between NiP and Fnatic. Game one was a bit boring to watch because neither team did anything too fancy. As the game went on, the Midases and Talents on the side of Fnatic started to kick in, and they slowly took control of the game, and they got the lead in the series.
In game two, NiP was looking better mainly due to their Alchemist pick. However, after failing to utilize the hero, Fnatic’s cores were able to catch up and eventually got stronger. Dj’s Enigma also played a vital part in their victory.
— Virtus.pro (@virtuspro) March 15, 2019
VP vs. Mineski
Virtus.Pro took this series with a score of 2-1, but it was not a walk in the park. In game one, VP couldn’t deal with the rotations from Mineski. On top of that their cores became a little bit too strong, even for Ramesses’s Naix.
The second game was unquestionably better for the CIS powerhouse. They grabbed the lead early on and managed to keep it until the end. No[o]ne was the star of the game with his fantastic Invoker plays.
Having the morale advantage, VP also took the third game by giving Mineski no glimmer of hope.
After a quick 2-0 against Forward Gaming, the Chinese had to play against Mineski. In game one, EHOME were just one step ahead of their enemies. NeverEnd played an outstanding Ember spirit yet again.
Despite dropping the first game, the SEA team completely demolished their opponents in the second game of the series. In fact, they needed only 17 minutes to deliver their knock-out punch.
Nearly the same happened in the third game. This was probably the biggest beatdown ever in a Major event. Mineski stomped the lanes and gave their Chinese enemies no chances. They definitely deserve their spot in the Upper Bracket.
— Evil Geniuses (@EvilGeniuses) March 15, 2019
Vici Gaming vs. Evil Geniuses
Even though Vici won the StarLadder Minor just a few days ago, they were unable to deal with EG. The NA team usually performs incredibly well versus the Chinese teams, and this was proven yet again.
In game one, SumaiL and Arteezy pretty much annihilated Vici’s lineup. Their PA was just unable to accumulate the needed farm to fight back. The GG was called only 29 minutes into the game.
With their backs against the wall, Vici had to do something if they wanted to have a chance for the Upper Bracket. Sadly, they didn’t get one. EG drafted nearly the same lineup as in game one because “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Even though Vici’s Troll Warlord had a pretty decent game, it was still not enough to withstand the pressure from EG.
Despite dropping one game, Na’Vi dealt with Chaos Esports and had to play against Vici Gaming in the Decider Match.
StarLadder’s Minor champion took the series with little to no trouble. Game two especially was a real massacre for the CIS team. Na’Vi will have to fight for their survival tomorrow in the Lower Bracket.