Due to the announcement of mourning in Ukraine, the preshow and entertainment content during today's broadcast is canceled. The games will start on time. WePlay! Esports expresses sincere and deep condolences to all those affected by the crash in Iran. pic.twitter.com/MEs0ptpuVe— WePlay! Esports (@WePlayEsport) January 9, 2020
NiP vs Geek Fam: coming back to dominate
The opening series of the day was fought among Ninjas in Pyjamas and Geek Fam, which resulted in a 2-0 for Geek Fam.
In game one, Geek Fam pulled off an unconventional comeback. Despite being 14-2 and 8k networth behind, they managed to nearly take over NiP's base a few minutes later and raze most racks and one tier 4 tower at min 30 – just to get wiped out while retreating. This was not a major throwback for Geek Fam at all, they simoy closed the game a few minutes later after demolishing NiP at their Rosh attempt.
Nico 'Gunnar' Lopez's debut as carry on Slark has been rather underwhelming so far. He had problems killing off supports and on top of that, he got caught by Kenny 'Xepher' Deo with a stolen Lasso on Rubick.
Banish, save and punish
Geek Fam played the second game nearly flawlessly and bested NiP from start to finish. Their Shadow Demon and Night Stalker turned out to be a perfect combination: SD banished an opponent and Night Stalker was right there waiting to silence them immediately.
New midlaner Karl Matthew 'Karl' Jayme had a strong 18/1/6 game on Outworld Devourer, already getting a triple kill after a rotation to bottom after only 9 minutes. With SD an OD in one team, Geek Fam also had powerful saves in their hands, making it even harder for NiP to get any kills.
Team Spirit vs RNG: Glimpse back from any chance to win
The second encounter of the day was Team Spirit vs Royal Never Give Up, which ended in a 2-0 for RNG.
Game one was a convincing win for RNG. The MVP of the match was Xue 'September' Zhichuan on his 10/2/13 Disruptor who controlled and disabled the enemy team with his perfect Glimpses.
A swift ending
Spirit were not able to find a better strategy in game two: it ended after only 17 minutes with a 13-4 score for RNG. Spirit's last pick Anti-Mage had no impact at all, whereas Gao 'Setsu' Zhenxiong destroyed Spirit on OD.
Despite being on very low health several times, OD always managed to survive thanks to the impactful backup of Omni Knight and Xie 'Super!' Junhao on IO.
Spirit now have to go up against NiP next, whereas Geek Fam face RNG. Any additional information around the tournament can be found here.
Photo credit: Geek Fam Twitter