Today we saw the culmination of ONE Esports Dota 2 Southeast Asia League’s group stage with two best-of-two series, a tiebreaker best-of-one, and the possibility of more tiebreaker action too, as the teams were fighting to avoid elimination.
Opening the final day at the event would see Reality Rift and Team Adroit fighting in what would be their first meeting of the day – a best-of-two. With both teams sitting extremely close to elimination, a loss for either would spell the end of their tournament lives – while a draw would create a tiebreaker situation between them. Game one saw a very strange Brewmaster pick from RR, which never came close to working in their favour. Adroit devastated their opponent, with Mc Nicholson ‘Mac’ Villanueva going 13-0-16 on his Shadowfiend. However, game two saw RR shine as they pummeled their opponent into submission, tying the series at 1-1 – but leaving both teams to play a tiebreaker best-of-one.
Victory in the tiebreaker would see the winner moving into the playoffs, albeit into the lower bracket, while a loss would spell elimination from ONE Esports Dota 2 SEA League. Basically making this the third game in a best-of-three between the two teams, Adroit were able to find their footing with a fantastic draft which included a Naga Siren from John ‘Natsumi’ Anthony Vargas and Marvin ‘Boombacs’ Rushton’s Tiny. RR had no way to ever fight and in a little over 30-minutes, the tiebreaker was over, with Adroit walking away as victors.
Between the first series and the tiebreaker, we saw TNC Predator taking on T1, in a series where T1 could avoid having to play in tiebreakers themselves by claiming a single win. For TNC, upper bracket playoff action was already confirmed, and this series would just be another on their road back to the top of the SEA podium. Game one was fairly even for quite some time, with TNC pulling ahead briefly and T1 clawing back at other moments – but in the end, it was the Armel Paul ‘Armel’ Tabios Doom which helped ensure a win. But T1 were not down and out just yet, with a stunning 16-0-11 Spectre from Muhammed ‘inYourdreaM’ Rizky destroying TNC in game two and clutching a vital victory.
The win secured T1 a lower bracket showing in the playoffs, while also sparing them from a tiebreaker situation. The first series of playoffs are as follows:
- Fnatic versus Neon Esports
- TNC Predator versus Geek Fam
- BOOM Esports versus Team Adroit
- New Esports versus T1
Playoffs for ONE Esports Dota 2 SEA League kick off in a little under three days’ time on July 15th, with the upper bracket seeing the initial action – as teams begin their fight toward the July 19th grand final. With some of these series being extremely hype within the region, we’re sure to see some spectacular Dota 2 action in the coming days.