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Upper Bracket recap: EG fall, big names dominate

posted by Olucaron,
We’re now into the business end of The Kuala Lumpur Major, and we’re starting to see the wheat sorted from the chaff. There were big wins for Team Secret, PSG.LGD and Virtus.pro, while Evil Geniuses were sent crashing into the Lower Bracket by Ninjas in Pyjamas.



Secret look good in Vici battle






It was a comprehensive victory for Team Secret as they took down Vici Gaming 2-0, quite unlike their epic five-game series in Hamburg. Vici paid the price for allowing Michał 'Nisha' Jankowski to pick up Terrorblade, recording a perfect-KDA first game. The second wasn’t such a walkover, but again Nisha did the damage as they showed off their prowess for teamfights.


PSG.LGD tear down the Alliance






Another team sent to the Lower Bracket were Alliance, dominated by PSG.LGD in less than an hour in total. Both games were one-sided, with Alliance behind for almost the entirety. With Yao 'Somnus' Lu going big in both, picking up almost as many kills in each game as Alliance managed in total, there was only one way the match could have gone.

They next face Team Secret in a juicy Upper Bracket semi-final.


Shock as NiP take down Evil Geniuses






In arguably the biggest upset of the day, Ninjas in Pyjamas also advance to the Upper Bracket semi-finals after defeating Evil Geniuses. The match saw NiP captain Peter 'ppd' Dager get one over on his former employers, having claimed an Aegis as part of the organisation at TI5. EG had won the first game quite comfortably, but led by their former Secret pair Marcus 'Ace' Hoelgaard and Adrian 'Fata' Trinks, NiP roared back in the second with their own dominant win. The decider was even more brutal for EG, as three Ninjas recording double-figure kills in winning with a 43k lead.


VP ease past Fnatic






The final team into the Upper Bracket semis is Virtus.pro, after the CIS side recorded a routine win over SEA side Fnatic. Both games saw VP win with a lead of over 20k, with Roman 'RAMZEs' Kushnarev literally unkillable — he recorded back-to-back perfect-KDA games, claiming sixteen kills in the process on Morphling and Mirana respectively.

They will now enjoy a few days’ break before they face the Ninjas on Friday.


Who do you think is looking the strongest at the Major?


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