The upper bracket of MDL Disneyland® Paris was set to be an interesting affair with TI8 victors going up against arguably the current best team in the world and recent Minor winners taking on North America’s best Dota 2 talent.
Nearly 100 kills for one team
For all the OG fans out there, it was a big series up first in the upper bracket as the winners of The International 2018 were doing extremely well in their first Major of the Dota 2 Pro Circuit Season. Their opponents were Team Secret, one of the best (if not the best) Dota 2 team currently.
Everyone was expecting an exciting, hard-fought series but instead what we got was Secret absolutely destroying OG in two games – racking up a total of 95 kills over the course of the series. Game one saw Michal ‘Nisha’ Jankowski sporting an unkillable, unstoppable Juggernaut and at 20-0-18, the carnage was not something that OG fans would want to witness again. But then came game two – which was even more brutal on the TI champions. This time it being Yeik ‘MidOne’ Nai Zheng who went 20-0-14 on a Monkey King, as Secret acquired a 31,000+ net worth lead in 28-minutes and completely ripped OG apart.
The 2-0 victory for Secret places them into the upper bracket final of MDL Disneyland® while OG drop into the lower bracket where they will face Team Liquid in an elimination series tomorrow.
NiP early game kings – late game losers
The final series of the day would see the recent victors of the OGA Dota Pit Minor, Ninjas in Pyjamas, taking on Evil Geniuses. With both teams having an amazing run in the event so far, this would be an extremely hard-fought series – especially with Peter ‘ppd’ Dager going up against his ex-teammates.
Game one delivered exactly what was expected from these two gaming giants as they fought back-and-forth for over an hour to find a winner. While NiP had the early game period under their control, things got too far out of hand for them as the game went on and they conceded the game to EG. But with a best-of-three, anything could happen and NiP were not down-and-out just yet. The next game saw a Sven come out for Marcus ‘Ace’ Hoelgaard which pulled everything into their favour. While it was fairly back and forth for some time, NiP managed to tie the series and take us into a decisive game 3.
Once again, in the final game, NiP had perfect control of the early game period as they seemed to be running away with an easy victory. However, when there is a Artour ‘rtz’ Babaev Spectre, there should be no late game allowed – which is exactly what EG got handed. By 40 minutes, EG were all over NiP and a few moments later the GG was called – giving EG the 2-1 victory.
That wraps up the action at MDL Disneyland® for today but the tournament is far from over. Tomorrow will see three more teams eliminated as well as the upper bracket finals.