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By the end of today we would only have 12 teams left at the MDL Disneyland® Paris Major as the final best-of-one series got underway and two teams were sent packing.
The South American Showdown
South American Dota 2 had two champions at MDL Disneyland®, paiN Gaming and Chaos Esports Club. Both teams would be wanting to avoid elimination from the event but unfortunately, the SA squads were matched up against each other in the lower bracket. Both teams threw everything they had at one another and up until near half an hour into the game, neither team could be seen as a clear leader. But paiN then begun to find their footing and rip through Chaos.
While Chaos tried as much as they could, they just could not find the kills they needed to take fights and paiN marched forward to victory. With the loss, Chaos Esports Club are eliminated from MDL Disneyland® while paiN Gaming move on to face Team Liquid in the next round of the lower bracket.
Two of the best – one would fall
The final best-of-one elimination match would be between two very unlikely teams to see in the lower bracket this early in an event, Fnatic and Keen Gaming. Both teams seemed to be among the top, if not the top of their respective regions but unfortunately neither were able to find a footing in the group stage and now, one would leave the Paris Major.
Fnatic took an early lead in the match, running at KG and constantly cutting them down – but even with an Invoker pick for Abed ‘abed’ Azel Yusop and a Daryl Koh ‘iceiceice’ Pei Xiang on his favoured Pangolier, Fnatic could barely hold off the KG attack. It did not take much more than half an hour for the Chinese squad to force the gg out of their opponents as they ripped through their lineup and sent them packing.
In what could definitely be the biggest upset of the Major so far, Fnatic’s run at the Major was ended. Keen Gaming move forward in the lower bracket with their next challenger in the coming days being Vici Gaming.
Tomorrow we take a break from the action at MDL Disneyland® which gives us a bit of time to explore our brand new TI9 Battle Pass, but the Major returns on Thursday with more eliminations and much more Dota 2 action.