ESL One Los Angeles Online continued today for the China region with an elimination matchup in the lower bracket between Vici Gaming and Newbee, with the victor moving on to face EHOME tomorrow.
Although two powerhouse teams of the region had been eliminated in the group stages; PSG.LGD and Invictus Gaming, the playoff stage of ESL One Los Angeles Online for China still featured some of the best teams from the region including the winners of multiple Majors last season in the DPC, Vici Gaming and the Newbee squad which had been working hard to get back to the top. One of these two teams would unfortunately see their tournament ending today as they became the first team eliminated from the playoff stage.
While VG definitely had more experience under their belt, Newbee clearly had a plan going into the best-of-three series and they executed it to near perfection. Although Newbee always had the lead, it was near the half hour mark when off-laner Wen ‘Wizard’ Lipeng hit a magnificent three-man blind Hoof Stomp with his Centuar which secured the win.
But VG fought back in the next game, doing to Newbee what they had done to them in the previous match and walking all over them – tying this critical elimination series and pushing out a decisive game three. VG looked primed to take the series in the early period of the final game, that was until Newbee begun to utilise their extremely strong five-man teamfight. By 30-minutes, Newbee were dominating, constantly completely wiping their opponents completely from the game.
After beating VG in the group stages, Newbee continue their dominance over the squad as they complete a 2-1 victory, eliminating VG from ESL One Los Angeles Online and moving forward themselves to face EHOME in the lower bracket finals tomorrow.