Dota 2: DreamLeague Season 13 Major- Day 5 Recap

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Dota 2: DreamLeague Season 13 Major- Day 5 Recap

Slowly and steadily, the second Major of the 2019-2020 DPC is coming to an end. We saw some pretty amazing series so far, as well as many surprises. For example, no one expected beastcoast to win against Nigma but it happened.

Having said that, let’s take a look at what happened on the fifth day of the Leipzig Major

Lower Bracket

Fnatic vs TNC Predator

The first series of the day was highly anticipated because these teams are from the same region. In fact, TNC and Fnatic have been the best teams in SEA for the last couple of years. As you can probably guess, this series was more than just a battle for survival.

After three epic games, it was TNC that prevailed and proved that they are the best team in the region right now. The MDL Chengdu Major champions had some shaky performances in the Group Stage but they overcome them. As a result, they won two games in a very dominant fashion. In fact, even when they lost game two, it was mainly due to a mistake that they easily rebounded from.

Following their loss, Fnatic becomes the second SEA team to leave the Major. The first one was Reality Rift, who also got eliminated by TNC.

Natus Vincere vs Team Liquid

The second series of the day was also in the Lower Bracket. Even though the CIS powerhouse Na'Vi played well, it was Team Liquid who managed to prevail.

Game one started very strangely but it turned out to be a passive farm fest. Both teams didn’t really want to take any unnecessary risks, even though they could.

At one point in the game, the EU team had nearly 40k net worth advantage. However, thanks to Na'Vi's utterly-farmed Sniper, they were unable to push their enemies. The pesky hero picked up a Divine Rapier and with Omni by his side, he was an extremely hard target to bring down.

After a couple of more minutes and a few overpowered Neutral items, Liquid finally won.

With just one game away from elimination, Natus Vincere tried to bounce back but their efforts were futile. It seems like the loss in game one affected them, judging by how they played. The CIS team had the better draft but despite that, Team Liquid reigned supreme yet again.

Unfortunately, this is the end of Na’Vi’s performance at this Major. We can only hope that they will resolve their issues for the next DPC tournament.

Upper Bracket

Vici Gaming vs Evil Geniuses

This was the first series of the day in the Upper Bracket. Every Dota 2 fan out there couldn’t wait to see what would happen here, as both teams have looked absolutely flawless so far.

Generally speaking, EG was always a very hard opponent for Vici. They’ve won nearly all recent encounters, despite being the underdogs in most situations. However, it seems like the Chinese finally found the recipe for success.

The first game between these two powerhouses was very intense. We got to see some of the strongest heroes in the current patch, including Abed’s signature hero – Invoker. Nevertheless, even he was not enough to carry his team to victory as Vici gaming ripped through their enemies.

Zhang “Eurus” Chengjun and his Magnus were the stars yet again after an amazing display of skills. No wonder people consider Chengjun to be one of the best players in the world right now.

After the unfortunate loss, EG tried to bounce back in game two. This time, they picked a very cheesy hero in the face of Arc Warden. Regardless of that, the Chinese played yet another perfect game.

They rolled-out the classic Drow Strat but with a little twist to it. Instead of a ranged hero in mid, they’ve picked Kunkka, which caught EG off guard. As a result, the One Esports champions were in control for the entire duration of the match.

Although Andreas Franck “Cr1t-” Nielsen’s amazing Roshan and Aegis steal with Tiny was a glimmer of hope for the NA team, it was still not enough to help them survive.

Sadly, the TI 5 champions will have to battle for their survival in the Lower Bracket tomorrow.

Team Secret vs Alliance

The last series of the day was a battle between two of the best European teams right now. Even though many people expected Alliance to put up a decent challenge, Team Secret didn’t let that happen.

Game one was relatively easy for them as they gave Alliance no chance. Although Nikolay “Nikobaby” Nikolov’s Morphling had his moments, it was not enough to withstand the pressure from the might Team Secret.

Having the motivation on their side, Team Secret absolutely demolished Alliance in the second game of the series.  They needed merely 26 minutes to secure their spot for the Upper Bracket finals.

Be sure to check out our recaps from the previous days if you missed on any of the action. The Major will be over in just a few days from now, so definitely don’t miss any of it.

Dota 2: DreamLeague Season 13 Major- Day 5 Recap
Zlosterr has been a fan of esports for many years and mainly focuses on Dota 2. He has more than five years of experience writing Dota 2 content for numerous platforms. Besides being a passionate fan of the game, he's also played for various amateur teams.