Abed devours iG
In Game One, we saw a dominant performance by EG – or rather Abed 'Abed' Yusop, one should say. He played a flawless game on OD (11/0/2), and accumulated so much farm before the 30-minute mark, that he was untouchable for the Chinese.
A perfect Winter's Curse by Andreas 'Cr1t-' Nielsen was the final nail in iG's coffin, granting OD free reign over his victims. EG went ahead convincingly 1-0.
RTZ carries EG to victory... almost
While EG were unstoppable in Game One, iG took complete control over Game Two. After thirty minutes, Hu 'Kaka' Liangzhi and his squad scored 20 kills, EG just five.
Everything pointed to a quick iG victory, but then Artour 'Arteezy' Babaev's AM started to snwoball and made a huge imapct when the opponents tried to push highground.
Despite this wipe, EG couldn't quite pull off the turnaround. In a mid fight, they got stomped once again and had to concede their loss soon after that.
Abed strikes again
The last game started way more balanced than the first two. This time, iG went for an AM on Jin 'flyfly' Zhiyi, who outshone his team-mates in terms of farm.
EG relied once again on Abed's strong performance, this time on Storm Spirit, and Tal 'Fly' Aizik's excellent Chen support.
Slowly but surely, the North Americans managed to edge out an advantageous position. They grew confident and wanted to take on Roshan but iG attempted a sneaky maneuveur. They were able to kill off Abed, who posed a great threat but he bought back immediately to take his revenge:
While the entire team played well, it was Abed's Storm Spirit (15/3/11) in particular who was responsible for EG's victory. Their next opponents are going to be determined tomorrow. Fly and his team-mates are going to face the winner of the series between Alliance and Team Liquid.
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