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MDL Disneyland® Paris Major has one of the most stacked lower brackets we got to see through the entire season and that alone makes the tournament a roller coaster of emotions. The day opened with PSG.LGD eliminating Virtus.pro’s only top eight, but continued with bad news for the Chinese Dota fans.
Vici Gaming started their series versus Team Liquid in a dominant stance. Despite playing versus a Troll Warlord, the Chinese were able to set a high tempo with their super aggressive supports and a perfect laning from Zeng “Ori” Jiaoyang on Medusa. Game two was also Vici Gaming’s to win if Liquid wouldn’t have saved Broodmother for their last pick. They sent Lasse Aukusti “MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen mid lane who, however, lost the matchup versus Ember Spirit and was the first to lose a tier one tower. VG had the same lane presence from game one and were once again were all on top of Liquid, always finding the perfect pick offs with a godly Batrider from Zhou “Yang” Haiyang. At the same time, Liquid knew that they have the late advantage and avoided the team fights for as long as possible. It was only past the 35-minute mark when they started to contest the Chinese, first in a team fight around the Roshan pit, then slowly pushing VG back on their side of the map by focusing the mid lane. Having the control over the Roshan kills gave Liquid the Refresher Orb on Enigma and Ivan “MinD_ContRoL” Ivanov was a true MVP with his double Black Holes to even the game score.
Headed into a decisive game three, Vici Gaming once again had a very good laning stage with strong right clickers and AoE damage. They focused Amer “Miracle-” Al-Barkawi on a mid-lane Medusa that died 3 times in the first 5 minutes of the game, but Liquid’s out draft was their Razor pick. VG were fighting with three melee heroes, two of them being cores and although Pan “Fade” Yi found several very good Reverse Polarity setups, Matumbaman managed to keep a full duration Static Link in the most crucial team fights to annihilate VG. The game ended with Vici Gaming still holding the gold and kill score advantage and with Liquid going all in with one push through the mid lane. They ignored the barracks completely and focused tier four towers and the throne afterwards to advance into the top 6 at the Major.