For the European region, week 3 of the Dota Pro Circuit League Season 1 begun today with two series, both of which were over after only two of the possible three games.
Having beaten OG just a few days ago, Alliance was hoping to keep themselves on track for a top finish in the DPC League as they faced off against High Coast Esports in the first series of the day. For HCE, things were not looking great as they sat at the bottom of the standings with three loses already recorded. Unfortunately, things did not get better for the ex-Chicken Fighters roster today as Alliance were the stronger team.
Thanks to some amazing performances by both Nikolay “Nikobaby” Nikolov and Linus “Limmp” Blomdin, who both suffered only one death each over the two-game series, Alliance was able to quickly build on their OG victory. Although HCE were able to keep up for some time in game one, not allowing Alliance to pull too far ahead, game two was a crushing defeat as they remained at the bottom of the standings with only a single game victory in their opening four series. For Alliance, they move up into third place – tied with Team Liquid who had a chance to move into second place in the next series for the day.
So far, Liquid had been up against mainly qualifier teams, except for their series against Team Nigma, which resulted in a loss for Liquid. Today, they had another qualifier team as their opponent – the ex-mudgolems roster now known as Tundra Esports. TE, although having a 1-2 record going into the series, had won at least a single game in each of their losses, showing that they were able to challenge even the best team in the EU DPC League. They showed that, once again, in game one versus Liquid as they trounced them – grabbing a quick lead and putting their opponents on the backfoot.
While Liquid was able to hold their own in game two, even taking a small lead through the middle period, they were unable to fight against the brilliant Wraith King from Oliver “skiter” Lepko which drove the TE late-game to an epic victory. With that, Tundra Esports move up into fifth place, while pushing Liquid down into sixth.
EU’s DPC League returns tomorrow with a gigantic series between Team Secret and Nigma, while Tundra will have a break until Week 4 and Liquid return to action on February 6th to face Secret.
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