Second day of playoffs at the OGA Dota PIT Minor brought another round of upsets and goosebumps for any Alliance fan.
The day opened with the Bucharest Minor Champions EHOME taking on the last placed team in that event, BOOM ID. While for EHOME this season has been a rollercoaster filled with roster changes, accidents and a lot of uncertainty overall, BOOM ID stood strong and united and now look ready to make the final sprint towards The International 2019.
“I’m only afraid of Faith_bian, but he is not playing [this time] so I’m confident going up against EHOME,” told to us BOOM ID’s carry Randy Muhammad “Dreamocel” Sapoetra yesterday in between some practice games. No Ferrari_430 and no Xiao8 looked too scary to the man who stepped today on stage with his chin up ready to cut through all EHOME’s TI champions and legends. Dreamocel played Sven in game one and made his rotations early to match EHOME’s desire for early fights and a fast push. BOOM ID’s chained stuns, AoE damage and team fight coordination brought them the victory in under 30 minutes game time. However, the Chinese came back to their computers ready to show their true colors in game two. EHOME ran a Drow Ranger safe lane with Necrophos mid and had a pretty good laning stage, but Dreamocel had a perfect game on Lifestealer and great initiations setups from his Nyx Assassin, Centaur Warrunner. BOOM ID had both the engage and disengage advantage by drafting on their side Winter Wyvern and the Centaur and managed to play around EHOME’s strong right clicks. The second game went up to 58 minutes and it was the most contested match played so far on the Spaladium Arena stage. EHOME were defeated in the end and will now join their fellows from Royal Never Give Up in the best-of-one lower bracket madness.
Thrilling as it was, the second game between BOOM ID and EHOME was just a prologue for the next series scheduled on stage.
Alliance and Gambit Esports were the next to duel for a slot in the Minor semifinals. Artsiom “fng” Barshack almost got Alliance in a lot of trouble with a last pick Sniper. His intention was to bring the extra AOE needed to get rid of Alliance’s core Naga Siren illusions and the Enigma eidolons. Repelled a few times and in need to reach the late game, Alliance summoned their TI3 inner champions and brought on the Dota PIT Minor stage a beautiful rat Dota tactic while counting on their strong Sleep into Black Hole combo to control Gambit in team fights.
After a long and exhausting game one, Gambit got stomped in game two. They put Kunkka mid, which forced Alliance to adjust their lanes. Andrey “Afoninje” Afonin got crushed by Alliance’s offlaner, Samuel “Boxi” Svahn, who stood against Kunkka mid on a Slardar while Omar “Madara” Dabachach went offlane on Weaver and Max “qojqva” Bröcker played a safe lane Razor. Gambit found just two kills through the entire game and were forced to an early GG call.
Alliance and BOOM ID will end the day in Split, Croatia with another best-of-three battle. The winner will join Ninjas in Pyjamas in the upper bracket finals scheduled for tomorrow, April 27.