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Day two at the OGA Dota Pit Minor saw another epic day of action as all teams from both groups continued their attempts at obtaining victory at the event and claiming their prized MDL Disneyland Paris Major spot.
Group A opened with Ninjas in Pyjamas taking on Gambit Esports – both teams hoping to make up some ground after their day one losses. NiP opened the series in dominating fashion with a Naga Siren from Marcus ‘Ace’ Hoelgaard ripping through their opponents. While Gambit managed to fight their way back to a tied series, they were far off the mark in the final game as NiP managed to take a 2-1 win – leaving Gambit in dead-last for Group A, without a single victory yet.
Royal Never Give Up and BOOM ID were the next series for the group and while the Southeast Asian squad had a really great day one, they were just unable to find their footing against RNG. Du ‘Monet’ Peng’s Morphling and Ursa in each respective game was just too much for BOOM to deal with and this gave RNG the top spot in the group with their 2-0 victory.
After their surprise loss to Majestic Esports yesterday, Forward Gaming were looking to prove themselves a worthy North American challenger as they took on Alliance. While the NA squad did claim the first game of the series, Alliance were at the top form they could possibly be in as they took a great victory in the decisive game three. Even though things swung back-and-forth for a long period, FWD were unable to close things out and succumbed to their second loss of the group stage.
After a huge upset in their first main stage series, Majestic stepped out again to face the EHOME squad who have been lacking in form lately. However, the Chinese squad filled with a host of previous winners of The International came out fighting and tore through Majestic in game one. But then came a complete turnaround from Majestic – and the series was tied with a game three on the way.
Game three was an extremely hard-fought decider from both teams as they threw everything at each other continuously. The early game belonged to EHOME but the mid period seemed all-Majestic but neither team was willing to give up the win. It took 43-minutes for a winner to come out but it was the unlikely South Americans once again, who took the series and claimed the top spot in group B alongside Alliance.
Tomorrow we will close out the group stages – but all teams will then move into the Upper Bracket of the playoffs where they will have to fight to avoid the best-of-one Lower Bracket.