There may be solely a lot you are able to do when a prime seed comes for you in a high-level Dota 2 event, which is why throughout the first day of the Dota Professional Circuit Stockholm Main playoffs, all however one collection noticed the groups with the higher Group Stage document advance to the following spherical.
Tundra Esports and Staff Spirit have been two of the early favorites coming into the Stockholm Main, with one being a constantly enhancing machine out of Western Europe and the opposite being a dynamic roster of reigning Worldwide Champions. And, in a first-round conflict that might very effectively resolve the destiny of your complete occasion, neither aspect dissatisfied.
Sport one was the least attention-grabbing total, as Tundra methodically picked aside Spirit and by no means really felt a lot stress, however the Jap Europe squad bounced again to take a really messy sport two and did handle to place up a combat in sport three earlier than ultimately falling 2-1 to what appears to be like to many to be the very best group presently competing.
Instantly after that, we had one other dynamic, back-and-forth collection between Thunder Awaken and BetBoom Staff, two underdogs who got here out of their respective areas as the highest seed and proved LAN expertise doesn’t make the group.
Of the three video games between the 2, TA regarded extra dominant, successful sport one off the again of a single well-timed teamfight and practically closing out sport two to seal the collection. Nonetheless, you’ll be able to by no means underestimate an excellent Nature’s Prophet, as BB Staff evened the collection 1-1 by break up pushing, using the basic Rat Dota strat, and pushing for the throne after faking a Roshan combat—although they might additionally fall 2-1.
The one upset of the primary spherical came about within the third collection, the place TSM overcame OG in a nonetheless aggressive 2-0 sweep, adopted by Gaimin Gladiators placing T1 in a dumpster in a trend that the SEA group hadn’t skilled in its present iteration.
Heading into the decrease bracket, Spirit and beastcoast will kick off the elimination spherical, with a number of groups needing to advance so as to enhance their standing within the DPC rankings in hopes of locking in an invitation to TI11 on the finish of the season. By the tip of the following two days, all of EEU may find yourself out of the occasion whereas SEA may be knocked all the way down to only a single group relying on how the matches go.