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Four teams will get eliminated on the first day of matches in the Disney® Events Arena. The Major in Paris, France reached the second round of the lower bracket, where the elimination series are now best-of-three battles for survival.
Two of the top teams in the tournament suffered an early knock down in the lower bracket rounds. PSG.LGD and Virtus.pro lost their quarterfinals series and were bound to fight for a comeback via elimination matches. The Chinese team opened the day in the arena with a quick 2-0 series over compLexity Gaming. Their game plan was executed to perfection in both games, ending coL’s run at the Major with only 15 kills scored through the entire series. The first five kills achieved by coL were landed in game one, where PSG.LGD had a Grimstroke perfectly tailored for Doom, Lina, Batrider and Pugna, plus a Terrorblade that gave the NA team zero chances to fight. PSG.LGD’s draft was almost mirrored by coL in game two, with the only difference being a Morphling instead of TB, but even so, they still struggled. PSG.LGD had Lu “Maybe” Yao on Storm Spirit to set a fast-paced tempo, while their surprise pick was the first Faceless Void of the tournament.
Their victory from today, secured PSG.LGD enough points to qualify for The International 2019, but for compLexity the 150 Dota Pro Circuit points grabbed in Paris still puts them outside of the top 12 in the rankings.
Unfortunately, the same applies for Mineski, who got run over by Virtus.pro in the next series of the day. The SEA representatives were forced by the CIS squad to a super aggressive playstyle with Vladimir “No[o]ne” Minenko on a mid-lane Ancient Apparition that ruined Mineski’s game plan. VP advanced to top eight at the Major with a Roman “RAMZES666” Kushnarev on Naga Siren, who itemized for early skirmishes and fast push with his whole team behind him.
PSG.LGD and Virtus.pro will return to the arena tomorrow, May 10 to battle against each other for their tournament life.