Forward Gaming, NiP Move Past EPICENTER Major Eliminations
Posted 25th June 2019 By: Derpina    191 Views
Esports News – The EPICENTER Major pushes through with the best teams on board, which meant the elimination round witnessed some of the original participants facing powerhouse teams in the competition. Luckily for Forward Gaming and Ninjas in Pyjamas, they have a chance to prove themselves worthy of the title in the next stages after defeating Fnatic and Pain Gaming.
Forward Gaming vs Fnatic
Forward Gaming and Fnatic started with pace. Both teams were hungry to end the round and claim the final spot to move forward in the competition. Fnatic heavily relied on Abed ‘Abed’ Yusop’s Medusa and Daryl Koh ‘iceiceice’ Pei Xiang’s Centaur Warrunner during the first few rounds and through the mid-game. Forward Gaming answered their attacks with the help of Yawar ‘Yawar’ Hassan’s Lifestealer through Spirit Breaker and Ember Spirit.
The top lane was the focal point of both teams. Fnatic executed an aggro tri-lane to stop Yawar from destroying their defenses, but Forward Gaming secured the first kill with counter-attacks. When the match transitioned to mid-game, Forward Gaming decided dominated the game using Jing ‘Sneyking’ Wu in a solo lane. Fnatic was left with no choice and no plan but to rely on Medusa later in the game. Forward Gaming saw this coming and used all their resources to end the game in 30 minutes.
Ninjas in Pyjamas vs Pain Gaming
South American team Pain Gaming was tasked to face Ninjas in Pyjamas (NiP) in the elimination round. If we’re going to consider the current roster of NiP, it’s evident that Pain Gaming would have a hard time overcoming their opponents. The early stages of the match saw Pain Gaming pick Queen of Pain for their Adrian ‘4dr’ Machado, hoping that it will destroy whatever hero Peter ‘ppd’ Dager will pick.
The early stages of the match saw NiP dominating the middle lane. Here, Pain Gaming’s 4dr had to face Marcus ‘Ace’ Heolgaard’s Naga Siren. Although 4dr struggled to keep up with Ace, the first matches stayed even for the most part. The match moved on with NiP and Pain Gaming trading a number of kills. It was in the middle stages where NiP finally cornered Pain Gaming in a teamfight that lasted nearly 21 minutes. In the end, Pain Gaming still needed three or more fights to defeat NiP, but the winning Dota 2 teams prevented that from happening and closed out the match before the 50-minute mark hit.