The second day of the WePlay! Bukovel Minor kicked off with an elimination series between Ninjas in Pyjamas and Team Spirit as Group A would lose its first challenger.
Yesterday we saw NiP going up against Geek Fam and the squad looked extremely poor with a new mid-lane player on the roster. That said, it was thought that they were just shaky in their first series with their new squad and that today would be a different story as they battled in the elimination series against Spirit. For the CIS squad, the opening day was also quite poor but going up against Royal Never Give Up was never going to be an easy task – but Spirit would now have to fight NiP for tournament survival.
Going into the series, Peter ‘ppd’ Dager’s squad did not look great and with Nico ‘Gunnar’ Lopez switching to the position one carry role, things were not going well for the NiP squad. Even with a small lead, NiP were unable to ever fight against the full team composition from Spirit and just before 40-minutes had passed, game one was already over. With a better draft in the next game and with elimination staring them in the face, NiP looked to have a much better start. But this, once again, counted for nothing as NiP begun to make multiple errors such as diving for kills and the game quickly got away from them.
With all three tier two towers still standing, Spirit were diving passed tier fours to completely wipe NiP and by the half an hour mark, everything was over as the CIS squad stood victorious with an easy 2-0 victory. With that, Ninjas in Pyjamas become the second team eliminated from the Minor and the first from Group A, while Team Spirit will now return later today to fight for their tournament lives.
Next up is an intense matchup between the two teams which dominated day one for Group A, Geek Fam and RNG, with the loser playing Spirit later today, while the winner ensures their spot in the playoffs of the WePlay! Bukovel Minor.