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It's No Secret
We covered the title match of Group A earlier in the day, and it seems that more and more there is only one way to describe Team Secret—they are the best in the world. They showed no mercy in dispatching Team Liquid 2-0 in their Winners' Match series, solidifying their place as the unchallenged frontrunner to win DreamLeague Season 11.
Elsewhere in Group A, Keen Gaming was able to beat J.Storm with commanding 2-0 series win in the Losers' Match. 一 and Yang 'Eleven' Wei Ren in particular had strong performances against the NA squad. J.Storm was sent down to the Lower Bracket while Keen themselves won themselves a showdown with Liquid in the Decider Match.
Keen Gaming, though, was not ready to be written off. Despite their loss on the first day of the Group Stage, they looked fearsome against Team Liquid in the decider. The first game saw 一 again stepping up, going 10-1-18 on his Outworld Devourer, while Keen held a steady lead that only grew as Keen took over more of the map; ultimately Liquid had to concede at 28 minutes.
In Game Two Liquid fought back. The two teams traded kills through 28 minutes and Liquid were able to take a lead by split pushing two lanes at once. Keen was not going to be deterred, however, as even after losing two full lanes of barracks, they took a strong fight around the Roshan pit and went straight for the Ancient, ultimately claiming victory at 29 minutes.
No Maybe About It
Group B's Winners' Match featured Peter 'ppd' Dager's Ninjas in Pyjamas against The International 2018 runner-up PSG.LGD. Even without their renowned midlaner Yao 'Maybe' Lu, the Chinese side were able to take the series thanks to standout performances by their carry Wang Chun 'Ame' Yu.
Game One was a riot. It was 45 minutes long with 62 kills. For most of the match the Ninjas were in the lead, but a strong lategame fights began to turn the game for PSG.LGD. However, Adrian 'Fata' Trinks 13-4-16 Pangolier ensured that the first game would be theirs, as a late teamwipe enabled NIP to barrel down mid and close out the game.
In Game Two PSG.LGD bounced back and took and early lead. They made smart plays and moved methodically around the map, taking objectives and squelching NIP's resources. Ame's Naga Siren continued to build farm, and once his Heart of Tarrasque was built, PSG.LGD could no longer be contested. The game ended at 31 minutes.
The deciding game was back and forth. The teams fought often and traded the lead, but ultimately it was again Ame whose 15-4-8 Morphling ran the show. During the lategame he was incredibly difficult to bring down, and in the end it was too much for NIP who could not contest PSG.LGD in a full 5-on-5 teamfight; NIP conceded at 43 minutes.
The Group B Losers' Match between Infamous and Fnatic was a fairly even contest. The first game went Infamous' way thanks to a strong carry performance by Mason 'mason' Venne, but Fnatic, led by Abed 'Abed' Yusop, was able to rally back and take two straight to win the series 2-1. The victory pushed Infamous into the Lower Bracket while Fnatic went on to face NIP.
In the Decider Match Fnatic showed just how strong they can be as they fought NIP. Standout performanced by Pyo 'MP' Noa and Abed pushed the SEA side to victory, despite really strong showings from NIP, especially in the later game; ultimately, however, it was not enough, as Fnatic were able to walk away with the 2-0 series win.
The Bears Find Their Teeth
As many would expect, the Group C Winners' Match between CIS squad Virtus.pro and SEA team Mineski a bloody one. In the end, though, it was VP who found their bearing and took the series.
Game One kicked the series off on a crazy foot, featuring 69 kills in 45 minutes. Despite all the fighting, Mineski were able to maintain a shaky but eventually sure lead all game. Lai Jay 'Ah Jit' Son had a very strong showing on his 18-2-10 Juggernaut, and we really able to propel his side to the win.
Game Two was also featured a high number of kills, but this time they were in favour of VP. Vladimir 'No[o]ne' Minenko had a good game on his Invoker, going 8-0-14 and building a sturdy lead that VP never relinquished, closing out the game at 38 minutes.
Game Three was the one anomaly in the series, as it ended rather quickly and had few kills. The Bears compeletely mauled Mineski 15-6, with No[o]ne again putting up a very strong showing on his Necrophos. Mineski never had a chance in the game, and conceded at 21 minutes.
The Losers' Match saw EHOME face off against Forward Gaming, but strong showings by Yang 'NeverEnd' Pu and Li 'ASD' Zhiwen helped EHOME take a 2-0 series win, placing Forward in the Lower Bracket while EHOME secured a Decider Match date with Mineski.
The EHOME vs. Mineski decider started off strong for the Chinese side, but in the end it was Mineski that prevailed. Strong showings by Kam Boon 'Moonn' Seng and Ah Jit helped Mineski dominate in the second two matches, giving them the series win 2-1.
It Takes a Genius
The Group D Winners' Match pitted Evil Geniuses against the quickly rising Vici Gaming, but it didn't seem to matter at all how well the Chinese side has been playing as EG looked incredibly good against the SLI Minor winner.
In Game One EG really took it to their opponents, keeping them at only 9 kills while they accrued 30. Sumail 'SumaiL' Syed Hassan echoed his Day One success with another powerhouse performance on his mid Mirana, going 11-0-15. Vici could do little as EG systematically took towers and eventually broke the base for the win.
In Game Two Vici showed a little more spirit, but not enough to really make a dent in EG's resolve. As has been their method recently, EG drafted another Mirana for Sumail and he again dominated the game, going 15-2-14. He almost dictated the tempo of the entire match, and even claimed a buyback Rampage. Despite Vici's every effort, the game was over for them at 29 minutes.
In the Losers' Match Natus Vincere were able to best Chaos Esports Club thanks to strong performances from the Na'Vi carry Idan 'MagicaL' Vardanian. The win kicked Chaos into the Lower Bracket while Na'Vi moved on to face Vici Gaming.
However, the loss Vici suffered to EG seemed to only galvanize their hunger to win. They played two strong games and outclassed Na'Vi in both matches. Zeng 'Ori' Jiaoyang and Dy were terrific in the series, ensuring that Na'Vi had very little space to maneuver or come back. Vici Gaming went on to win the series 2-0.
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