VP vs Na'Vi: No[one] > Rapier
The first series of the day was between Virtus.pro and Natus Vincere. Both CIS teams started the playoffs in the Lower Bracket. VP eliminated Na'Vi with a dominant 2-0 victory, their next encounter will be Alliance tomorrow.
In game one, Vladimir 'No[o]ne' Minenko stroke down Na'Vi on his 12/2/13 Viper. His mid counterpart was Idan 'MagicaL' Vardanian on Templar Assassin. During the last push, Magical went for a Divine Rapier as a final resort, but not even the additional +330 damage was enough to hold VP back.
In game two, VP had the upper hand as well. Na'Vi went for Drow Ranger and Lich again, but could not stand a chance against No[o]ne. He once again was the MVP of the match, even turning an initially disadvantageous team fight into an ultra kill on Puck.
Clear results in the Upper Bracket Semi-Finals
The next series will be Evil Geniuses against AS Monaco Gambit. The winning team advanced to the Grand Finals, the loser has to make a detour through the Lower Bracket Finals. Both teams already met in the group stage before, where they finished with a 1-1 draw.
EG earlier defeated one of the tournaments favourites, Team Secret, with a clear 2-0. AS Monaco Gambit won 2-0 against Alliance. The combination of Danil 'gpk' Skutin and Kyal 'dream'-' Tayirov allows Gambit to comfortably switch positions. Despite Nikolay 'Nikobaby' Nikolov heavy farmed Anti-Mage in game two, Gambit outplayed them and gpk displayed his skill on Puck as well.
Who do you think is going to win – EG or Gambit?
Photo credit: ESL Helena Kristiansson, Valve