Group A at the EPICENTER Major had got off to blistering start earlier today but for Fnatic things were not so great as the brilliant Southeast Asian squad stumbled through the group with only a single series victory.
In their opening series, Fnatic would find themselves up against Royal Never Give Up which was expected to be a rather simple series for them. However, that wasn’t the case. After opening the series with a win, Fnatic fell to a 2-1 loss and had to then fight against paiN Gaming – who had already showed promise against Team Secret. This time we witnessed the Fnatic that we had seen earlier in the Dota 2 Pro Circuit season as they demolished their South American opposition, even after going down in the first game – but that left them in a battle for the upper bracket spot in the EPICENTER Major playoffs against none other than RNG again.
Maybe it was the pressure of so many games in one day, but Fnatic were never really able to get themselves the footing they required to beat RNG. The Chinese squad, who had also played a significant amount of games for the day, were more than up to the challenge and bashed their opponents straight down into the lower bracket of the Major.
While Fnatic and paiN Gaming are not yet out of the Major, their next test is a brutal and daunting best-of-one matchup against opponents which will be decided in tomorrow’s fixtures.
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