PSG.LGD and Spirit make it into the top 3
Things are heating up after Day 8 of the Dota 2 PGL Arlington Major has come to an end.
Southeast Asia’s Fnatic became the last team to be sent home after losing 2-1 to South America’s Beastcoast in the final game of the lower league first round.
Fnatic exited the Arlington Major in places 9-12 without earning any additional Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) points.
As a result, Eastern Europe’s Outsiders and North America’s Evil Geniuses (EG) were the last two teams to secure a direct invite to The International 11 (TI11) in Singapore, Dota 2’s million-dollar World Championship tournament.
Meanwhile, Chinese juggernauts PSG.LGD and The International 10 (TI10) champion Team Spirit emerged victorious in the upper bracket semifinals against Stockholm Major champions OG and Team Aster, respectively.
PSG.LGD and Team Spirit are now guaranteed at least a top 3 finish in the Arlington Major along with $75,000 and 670 DPC points in prizes.
These two teams will then face off in the Upper Bracket Finals in a re-run of the Grand Finals of TI10 to become the inaugural Grand Finalists of the Arlington Major.
On the other hand, OG and Team Aster fall into the lower bracket where they next meet the winners of the second round of eliminations.
Here’s a breakdown of all the games on Day 8 of the Arlington Major:
Lower bracket Round 1:
Beast Coast 2-1 Fnatic
The day started with a high stakes match between Beastcoast and Fnatic. Not only did both teams battle to extend their stints at the Arlington Major, the outcome determined that the final two teams received direct invites to TI11.
If Fnatic won, they would accept either direct invite. The last would go to Outsiders if they defeated Fnatic in their second round lower bracket match. Otherwise EG would accept the last direct invitation.
If Beastcoast won, the final two direct invites would go to Outsiders and EG, while Fnatic would lose. It’s worth noting that Beastcoast had already secured their direct invite.
After the first game, things were looking up for Fnatic as they dominated Beastcoast in a 45-minute slugfest.
Beastcoast bounced back quickly in game two as they rolled over their opponents in the laning phase en route to a quick 25-minute GG call.
Jean Pierre “Chris Luck” Gonzales extended Beastcoast’s 26-11 kill lead with a playing 10 kills against two deaths on a mid underlord, while Adrián “Wisper” Dobles arrived on an offlane puck with eight clean kills.
Beastcoast ended Fnatic’s hopes of a direct invite from TI11 in a 45-minute loss in game three, in which the South American side once again dominated the laning phase and never looked back.
Chris Luck had another phenomenal performance, hitting a streak high of 22 kills against two deaths on Lina as Beastcoast ended the streak with a 39-21 kill lead.
Senior Class Semifinals:
PSG.LGD 2-1 OG
The second series of the day was arguably the Major’s most hyped matchup yet, as Chinese juggernauts PSG.LGD took on Stockholm Major champions OG.
Both teams took turns taking turns in the first two games of the series before PSG.LGD staged a mighty comeback in the deciding set.
OG absolutely dominated PSG.LGD to start the series, forcing the GG call at just 21 minutes and with a very one-sided 17-2 kill lead.
OG’s three cores accumulated all of their team’s kills, with Artem “Yuragi” Golubiev on Troll Warlord having seven, Bozhidar “bzm” Bogdanov on Storm Spirit six, and Ammar “ATF” Al-Assaf on an offlane Bloodseeker four.
PSG.LGD hit back hard in game two after Cheng “NothingToSay” Jing Xiang picked mid-pudges, throwing OG away in 34 minutes to force the series into a crucial third game.
Wang “Ame” Chunyu on Specter hit a game high with 11 kills to one death to accelerate PSG.LGD’s 37-12 kill lead in game two, with Zhang “Faith_bian” Ruida on Beastmaster and Zhang “y`” Yiping in position 5 Viper is also involved with nine kills apiece.
Game three started with OG in control as they dominated the laning stage behind bzm’s Keeper of the Light and ATF’s Viper while also slowing down Ames Farm on Alchemist.
OG continued to dominate the interludes where Sébastien “Ceb” Debs’ Earthshaker wreaked havoc to give Yuragis Morphling the vents he needed to obliterate PSG.LGD.
The Stockholm Major champions then demolished their opponent’s bottom barracks just before the 30-minute mark and looked poised to win the series.
However, PSG.LGD punishes some costly mistakes by Yuragi in the crucial teamfights to start their comeback.
After both Ame and Faith_bian finally got the items they needed to take the fight to OG on Razor, PSG.LGD seemed unstoppable as they carved their way to a 50-minute win.
Faith_bian pulled off a streak high of 14 kills vs. seven deaths in this slugfest, with Ame himself having 11 kills vs. six deaths.
Team Spirit 2-0 Team Aster
In the final series of the day, TI10 Champion Team Spirit defeated Chinese powerhouse Team Aster to advance to the Upper Bracket Finals against a familiar opponent in PSG.LGD.
Team Spirit came out to open the series and dominated the laning phase behind Magomed “Collapse” Khalilov’s Razor and Yaroslav “Miposhka” Naidenov’s Chen.
This gave Illya “Yatoro” Mulyarchuk, on a Carry Templar Assassin, the space to farm the items he needed to lead Spirit’s run to a 34-minute victory.
Collapse hit a streak high of 13 kills vs. three deaths to accelerate Spirit’s 25-10 kill lead in the opener, with Alexander “TORONTOTOKYO” Khertek also tackling Void Spirit with seven kills of his own.
Game two was a similar story, with Collapse and Miposhka reprising their heroes from game one to give Spirit the boost they needed.
While Aster was more aggressive this time, TORONTOTOKYO on Puck proved a threat in the midgame teamfights.
Spirit’s midlaner repeatedly shot down the enemy heroes in the back row, allowing Yatoro’s Terrorblade to melt through Aster’s lineup.
Despite Aster’s best efforts to extend the series, Spirit forced her to call out GG at 44 minutes to secure the series’ 2-0 win.
TORONTOTOKYO had a perfect game against Puck, pulling off a clean 10 kills and eight assists to accelerate Spirit’s 28-16 kill lead. Yatoro and Collapse also started with eight kills each.
Here’s what the Arlington Major Playoff bracket looks like at the end of Day 8:
Three more teams are eliminated on Day 9 of the Arlington Major.
The day begins with the second round of the lower bracket, which pits Outsiders against Beastcoast and Entity against BOOM Esports.
Day 9 concludes with the first Quarterfinals of the Lower Bracket between OG and the winner of the Outsiders vs Beastcoast match.
The Arlington Major is the second and final Dota 2 Major of the 2021-2022 DPC season.
The tournament sees 17 of the best Dota 2 teams in the world compete for their share of the $500,000 prize pool and 4,570 DPC points.
More importantly, the Arlington Major is the last chance for teams to earn a coveted direct invite to TI11, Dota 2’s million-dollar World Championship tournament.
Everything you need to know about Arlington Major is here.
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