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We think it’s safe to say that the opening day of The Bucharest Minor did not go according to the script. Shock results, one of the favourites dumped into the Lower Bracket — here are two takeaways from the first day’s action.

Nobody is here to make up the numbers

Before the tournament began, people would have been forgiven for thinking that there was a distinct split between the eight teams taking part — four teams with realistic ambitions of winning, and four teams there to make up the numbers.

However, after the first day’s play, that doesn’t seem to be the case at all. AS Monaco Gambit stormed the group, taking top spot — including a convincing 2-0 win over group favourites Keen Gaming.

Meanwhile, despite two losses, beastcoast weren’t the whipping boys they were expected to be. They took the first game against Gambit, and matched Ninjas in Pyjamas kill-for-kill in their 2-0 loss. For a team that hasn’t played in a major tournament for years, they weren’t as bad as expected.

It’s going to be interesting to see how BOOM Esports and Demolition Boys get on today, against two more of the tournament favourites. With EHOME not having attended a DPC tournament since Mars Media Dota 2 League: Macau 2017 and OG diving headfirst into the event with a new, untested player after Per Anders 'Pajkatt' Olsson L.’s departure, could they be there for the taking?

Keen have the measure of ppd’s drafting ability

It goes without saying that Peter 'ppd' Dager is considered one of the best drafters in Dota 2. Over the years he has constantly proved his ability to outfox opposition with his picks and bans, but against Keen Gaming yesterday he was twice outdrafted.

In the first match, Keen picked up Kunkka, so ppd took Terrorblade assuming it would be a mid-lane match-up. However, Keen moved Kunkka to the botlane, taking Dazzle mid — and the result was devastating.

Marcus 'Ace' Hoelgaard was rendered useless with a 1/3/1 performance, as Zhai 'Ying' Jingkai went 11/0/12 leading his side to a dominating 33-4 kill win.

In fact, Ninjas picked up Terrorblade in four of their five games against Keen yesterday, losing three of them. Despite usually being a strong, dependable hero, the Chinese clearly had the measure of him.

What were your takeaways from Day 1?

Header image: Gambit Esports

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