Team Liquid, LGD and LFY secure an upper bracket start in the playoffs.
Team Liquid takes the lead in group A with 11 points, ensuring them a slot in the upper bracket (but not yet the top seed) thanks to a 1:1 series versus TNC Pro Team. The first game interestingly involved a KuroKy Oracle and Miracle- Huskar, which they won, but TNC managed to rally back and claim the second game thanks to another great performance by Carlo â€œKukuâ€ Palad on Queen of Pain. The second series was a quick 2:0 over team Empire, which saw an 18/3/16 KDA on Miracle-â€˜s Ember Spirit in the first game, with Lasse â€œMATUMBAMANâ€ Urpalainen leading the kill-count in the second game as Necrophos with 13 kills.
Currently at second place is LGD Gaming, securing an upper bracket seed of their own, which took a fast-paced 2:0 victory over Infamous â€“ with both games finishing under 30 minutes. In their second series they tied with Evil Geniuses, losing out to an 11/0/13 KDA Arteezy Visage in the first game, but bouncing back with a dominant performance from Wang â€œAmeâ€ Chunyu in game 2.
Coming in with 9 points is Evil Geniuses, taking a tie in their first series versus team Secret, taking the first game despite an admirable effort from Secretâ€™s Yeik Nai â€œMidOneâ€ Zheng. EG lost out in the second game, however, with Pyo â€œMPâ€ No-a leading the game 2 KDA charts with 13/6/9. EG also took a clean 2:0 victory over Infamous, ending the first game in 20 minutes, while the second featured Artour â€œArteezyâ€ Babaev with an impressive Phantom Lancer play of his own. Their last game of the day was the aforementioned tie with LGD Gaming.
Tied at 9 points is TNC Pro Team, maintaining their chances at beginning the playoffs from the upper bracket. They began their day with a tied series versus Invictus Gaming.Vitality, with the first game going TNCâ€™s way thanks to Kukuâ€™s good performance on Lina and Timothy â€œTimsâ€ Randrup creating set-ups all over the map with Nyx Assassin. The second game didnâ€™t go in our favor however, as Zhang â€œPaparaziâ€ Chengjunâ€™s Weaver snowballed out of control and ended the game with a 17/0/13 KDA.
Not much has changed in terms of rankings over in Group A, as iG.V and Team Secret are tied at 7 points, while Team Empire sits at 6, Infamous at 3, and Fnatic remains at the bottom of the table with 2 points.
LGD.Forever Young have already secured the top seed from Group B, incurring their only loss so far at the hands of Digital Chaos â€“ their series tied at 1:1 with the first game being a quick 26-minute fast push enabled by Beastmaster and Visage, while they fell in the second game to DCâ€™s Drow-Mirana-Puck-Silencer-Sand King lineup. Their other series was a 2:0 win over fellow Chinese team, Newbee, with Du â€œMonetâ€ Peng impressing on the Weaver with a 14/1/8 KDA and then pulling off another impressive performance on Clinkz in the second game.
Sitting with 8 points is Newbee, who despite losing out 0:2 to LFY as mentioned above, also evened out their Day 3 record with a 2:0 over HellRaisers, Xu â€œMoogyâ€ Han led the way with an 11/0/6 Weaver in Game 1, and followed-up in the next game with a 10/1/7 Lifestealer as well.
Virtus.Pro is tied at 8 points, who only played one series in Day 3, taking a 2:0 over Hellraisers â€“ pulling out a Shadow Demon + Luna strat in the first game, while interestingly taking the second game despite being behind in kills.
Coming in with 7 points but edging OG out of the upper bracket for the first time this week is Invictus Gaming, thanks to a clean 2:0 over Cloud9 â€“ picking Puck in both games, while they tied with OG in their second series.
Even with 7 points of their own, OG falls to the middle of the pack, but may still make a comeback to the upper bracket if their results in the fourth (and last) day of groups are favorable. Sitting below them with 6 points is Digital Chaos, followed by Execration with 4, Cloud9 with 2, and HellRaisers at the bottom of the table with 1 point.