Day two of the European/CIS league for ESL One Los Angeles Online has come to an end with Group B seeing all the Dota 2 action for today.
Group B at ESL One Los Angeles Online featured the likes of Team Secret, Team Liquid and Natus Vincere, to name just a few, all of whom were fighting in an attempt to secure the top spot in the group over the next two weeks.
Team Spirit and Chicken Fighters would be the first two teams to faceoff in Group B with a best-of-three series to kick things off. Fighters, the stack of Akbar ‘SoNNeikO’ Butaev, had made it into the event through a magnificent qualifier run – beating out the likes of Winstrike and Aggressive Mode. While Spirit had managed to fight back from being a game down to tie the series, it was not enough to stop Fighters from claiming a game three win and a 2-1 series victory.
Next would be Na’Vi fighting against Team Unique, which is the team that was previously known as Gentlemen. While Unique were able to take a big victory in game one, Na’Vi absolutely obliterated them in the next two games – with the decisive game three taking only 16-minutes and the team only giving up a single kill.
After the two CIS series, it was time for some EU action with Liquid and Secret going head-to-head. Although on paper it seemed as though the series would possibly be quite close, Secret were just far ahead of their opponents at every turn, leaving Liquid in the dust in two games of little over half an hour each. Only one series was left for the day with Ninjas in Pyjamas and Alliance closing the day two proceedings. NiP were using two stand-ins for the event, of which one was meant to be Roman ‘RAMZES’ Kushnarev, but it would seem that something occurred during the team’s scrims and RAMZES was replaced by Evgenly ‘Blizzy’ Ree.
Although Alliance were also using a stand-in and had recently welcomed back Gustav ‘s4’ Magnusson to the roster, they did not seem at the best. While the series went all the way to a third and decisive game three, it was NiP who came out on top – albeit in a rather chaotic and messy display.
Tomorrow will see the action at ESL One Los Angeles Online return its focus to Group A with four more amazing series of Dota 2 to watch, before Tuesday will see Group B getting underway again.