Nigma lose 2-0 against Yellow Submarine
Probably the biggest surprise: underdogs Yellow Submarine who had to fight their way through the qualifiers were able to take down veteran Nigma 2-0. Carry player Ilya 'Yatoro' Mulyarchuk's Faceless Void was too much to handle for Nigma in both games, as the Ukrainian newcomer secured top networth and went on a killing spree in both matches. Not even Omar 'w33haa' Aliwi's Meepo stood a chance.
While Yellow Submarines put on a strong performance, Nigma were not playing to their full potential. Captain and position five player Kuro S. 'KuroKy' Takhasomi is still injured, so their coach Roman 'rmN' Paley once again took over. On top of that, Maroun 'Gh' Merhej could not play in the first match, and Youssef 'SuperRudy' Fathalla from Egypt stepped in as substitute.
Yapzor expands his hero pool fiercely
Team Secret count as tournament favourites with their impressive winning-streak. The ESL started with another 2-0 victory for them, as they were able to pummel TEMPO. Yazied 'YapzOr' Jaradat had an impressive performance in game one, finishing the match with a 8/1/31 Ember Spirit on position four. This was his sixth Ember Spirit match in a professional match overall.
Secret also performed a nice bait when pushing high ground, luring Aleksandr 'krylat' Krylatov out of the safe zone.
mudgolems's Terrorblade dies with one crit
mudgolems had a rough start as they lost 2-0 against Team Liquid. However, they provided the highlight of the tournament so far – probably involuntarily.
Their Terrorblade died a tragic death when defending the base, as he first got stunned and then obliterated with just one crit from Michael 'm`ICKe' Vu's Phantom Assassin.
The second round of the ESL One group stage starts on Friday, with mudgolems and Cyber Legacy playing the next series. You can watch all matches at the official Twitch channel of the ESL.
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