To.be.or.not.to.be. and TNC Pro Team earn their direct spot to the quarterfinals!
Chinese team To.be.or.not.to.be. continued their strong performance from Day 1 to top their group, with 11 points â€“ winning 3 series, drawing 2 and not losing a single one. They won their series vs. MVP revolution pretty quickly, the first game through countering a Meepo strat with Sven and Timbersaw, the second game through countering a Drow strat with their Juggernaut and Alchemist. Due to topping their group, they immediately secure a top 8 spot and move on to the quarterfinals.
The other two teams that qualify into the playoffs from group A are Peruvian Team Delicom and MVP.Revolution representing Kyrgyzstan who each earned 9 and 8 points respectively. Team Delicom won a very quick 2:0 over T.Show, with the first game a Lifestealer + Storm Spirit/Slardar Infest combo strat that took 21 minutes, and the second game a 13-minute stomp. They also played their series vs. T.O.T. yesterday, ending in a 1:1.
MVP.Revolution secured their third place spot when they went 1:1 vs. former-Alliance player Joakim â€œAkkeâ€ Akterhallâ€™s team Horde, with the first game going Hordeâ€™s way through a minus-armor strat and the second game a 47-minute Naga Siren game that went to MVP.R
TNC Pro Team performed splendidly yesterday, topping their group with 10 points and a 3wins-1draw-1lose score, tying with Peruvian team Infamous but earning the top seed due to their 2:0 win vs. them in the head-to-head. They tied their first series of the day vs. the star-studded Team Ukraine, first losing to Danil â€œDendiâ€ Ishutinâ€™s Magnus, but completely shutting it down in the next game. They also 2:0â€™d Thai team Signature.Trust, one of our own SEA rivals, in two games â€“ the first with Carlo â€œKukuâ€ Palad showing a good performance on the Queen of Pain, earning a 12/4/10 KDA and carry Marc Polo Luis â€œRavenâ€ Fausto netting a 8/1/10 KDA on Weaver. Game 2 was a much quicker affair, with both cores shining again, to score 8 kills each, and offlaner Samson â€œSam_Hâ€ Hidalgo setting up teamfights with Slardar. Their third series of the day was another 2:0 versus Russian team Comanche, the first being a well-executed Drow + Storm Spirit strat, and the second, another good game for Ravenâ€™s Luna. Sam_H set the kill record of the game with a 10/3/7 KDA. The two series wins and one tie secured TNCâ€™s spot in the top 8 and the playoffs.
Also coming into the playoffs from group D are Peruvian Team Infamous and Chinese Team MAX.Y. Infamous started their day strong with a quick 2:0 versus Signature.Trust, both games running on a Lifestealer-centric strat. They also tied 1:1 with Comanche, the first game a 68-minute slog they eventually pulled through despite Kim â€œyokyâ€ Maxim getting himself 20 kills as Dragon Knight. Comanche won the second game however, by shutting down Alonso â€œKotaro Â Hayamaâ€ Lionâ€™s Templar Assassin on the midlane. They also win 2:0 vs. MAX.Y, with the first game going their way via a Drow + Storm Spirit + Puck strat and the second being the standard Lifestealer + Slardar combo.
Chinese team MAX.Y wasnâ€™t as dominant as they were on the previous day, going 1:1 versus Comanche and versus Team Ukraine. They lost their first game versus Ukraine through the CIS-classic fast push strat, allowing the enemy team to pick their signature heroes such as Ivan â€œArtStyleâ€ Antonovâ€™s Chen and Viktor â€œGeneRaLâ€ Nigriniâ€™s Beastmaster. They brought the series to a tie thanks to great execution shutting down Roman â€œResolut1onâ€ Fominokâ€™s Legion Commander and a Razor that Ukraine failed to shut down and netted itself a 16/0/10 KDA. Through their strong performance on the first day however, they are able to maintain their spot to the playoffs.