After we saw two teams eliminated from the playoff stage of DOTA Summit 13: Southeast Asia yesterday, today we looked to the upper bracket where two teams would end the day in the lower bracket.
In recent times, Motivate.Trust Gaming have begun to show that they are one of the best teams in the SEA region, although having a few slip-ups. The team’s first place finish at the recent Beyond the Summit Pro Series Season 3: SEA was followed by two more top three finishes before dominating the group stage at DOTA Summit 13: SEA. Their opponents, Adroit Esports, had a long way to go to return to their amazing form of earlier this year and they tried everything possible to get that done today.
Game one would see a magnificent back-and-forth brawl between the two teams, with Adroit being the ones who seemed to be in complete control after the early to middle game period. With a nearly 20,000 net worth lead at 43-minutes, they were expected to take a solid victory in the game, but disaster struck with MTG finding the perfect ending to secure a complete turnaround and claim game one. After that, the team were not in the best spot for game two, having a draft that really could not find its footing and falling behind quickly.
In under 30-minutes, the game was over as Adroit would be demoted into the lower bracket of DOTA Summit 13: SEA, while Motivate.Trust Gaming continued their nearly unstoppable run through the event.
The second series of the day would be a huge one with the now-well-known Among Us squad going up against TNC Predator. Having recently released Park “March” Tae-won from the roster, TNC would now have to go up against the team using him as a stand-in, while having to utilise their own stand-in in the form of Matthew “Whitemon” Filemon. Having tied their groups stage series, today would separate the two teams in the playoffs.
AU went into game one drafting the well-known IO + Gyrocopter pick, which TNC seemed to have no clear answer for and as the game progressed, that became very apparent – although this was not the only strength for them. The entire AU squad banded together and ripped TNC’s lineup apart, claiming the first game victory. However, TNC were ready to show their strength in game two as they found their footing, avoiding a barrage of near turnarounds from AU and tied up the series at 1-1, with a final and decisive game three to play.
For the final game of the series and the day at DOTA Summit 13: SEA, we would see another epic battle with AU claiming a ton of kills, while TNC held the net worth lead throughout the early periods. Not even a RAMPAGE from Muhammad ‘inYourdreaM” Rizky’s Spectre could turn the tides of battle, as TNC’s lineup were able to always stay ahead of their opponents.
But persistence was what AU had and it begun to pay off, especially as the game got closer to the one-hour mark. As TNC faltered, making some rather crucial mistakes, AU were more than ready to take full advantage and take the lead. After an intense back-and-forth, even with Kim “Gabbi” Villafuerte’s Terrorblade having a double Divine Rapier, Among Us closed out the game and took the series 2-1.
That closes out the day at DOTA Summit 13: SEA as tomorrow we will be back to the lower bracket for two elimination series as Adroit take on BOOM Esports and TNC go up against Neon Esports in what should be a double dose of amazing Dota 2 action.