ixMike manhandled HRFor HR it could have been the perfect warm-up for the DAC main event, but it all went horribly wrong in round 1 as Na'vi tore them to pieces, with both games finishing in less than 30 minutes.
The final scores were 20-10 and 23-5 in favour of the Ukranians. Stand-in Solo, did little to ease the pain, and XBOCT had a field day on a team that showed almost no resistance.
Their lower-bracket match was against Fire and they faired slightly better in terms of a KDA scoreline, but it was TC's Juggernaut who won the war, with 14-3-16 in the first game after opting for Manta Style, Blink Dagger and Abyssal Blade.
Elsewhere ixMike had a strong game on Bat Rider, suffering no deaths in the 38 minute-long game that ended 36-16 in favour of Fire. ixMike continued his Bat Rider show in game two, with 10-2-18 in a long drawn out game which ended with HR's fourth and final loss of the StarLadder XI LAN Finals.
PR on the other hand, were on the receiving end of a rather unruly defeat against MVP in the lower-bracket after failing to see off Era's NiP in their first round match. MVP swept PR aside with relative ease, running Warlock and Brewmaster in both games to great effect, with March the mastermind on Warlock.
Neither PR nor HR were able to compete with the rosters that did so well in the DAC qualifiers - NS stood in for PR's j4, but for HR especially, it will be a terrible blow for their confidence as they could have done with a positive LAN experience ahead of the trip to Shanghai. However, there is still a chance for a story in the making as NiP could reach the winner bracket finals later today if they can deal with VP.Polar.