Day two at the online charity tournament witnessed a couple of upsets, one sided games and generous donations from the Dota 2 community. WePlay! Esports keeps on delivering the same top notch production value while gathering 24 teams from around the world to play online to raise money to help the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. On day two it was China, Europe and South America’s turn to play their first series, and the battle began with a best-of-three between the revamped PSG.LGD roster and one of the top Chinese teams on the DPC rankings, Invictus Gaming.
PSG.LGD vs Invictus Gaming: 0:2
Given the lacklustre start of the season of PSG.LGD, they were regarded as the China bracket underdogs, however, the most recent shuffle, along with the thirst for competitive matches seem to have pushed PSG.LGD outside their dark period. In game one they brought a draft anchored in the current meta and made great use of their heroes, Mars and Chen, while iG went with the Morphling-Earthshaker, but didn’t accomplish much with it. Although they were able to take control of the game past the mid stage and push the lanes up to the PSG.LGD’s base via bottom the lane, their opponents’ superior team fight got them killed multiple times and eventually defeated.
iG insisted with the Morphling in game two and paired with Tidehunter this time around, but their long team fight cooldowns got them once again in trouble as PSG.LGD were looking for constant fights with Slark, Void Spirit and Timbersaw always able to initiate and catch iG on the wrong foot.
OG vs Team Liquid: 0:2
Heading into the European single elimination bracket, the two time TI champions were forced to play with two stand-ins and to rotate Johan “N0tail” Sundstein in the mid lane, as Topias Miikka “Topson” Taavitsainen and Yeik “MidOne” Nai Zheng couldn’t join the event due to their current locations. Sébastien “Ceb” Debs and Mohammad “Madara” Dabachach stepped in, but Liquid’s perfect coordination brought the most one sided series of the tournament so far.
FURIA Esports vs NoPing e-sports
South America’s first series was also a very fast paced affair, with NoPing bringing Lycan into action in both games to absolutely dismantle their opponents in 20 minutes games.
WeSave! Charity Play Day 2 highlights by WePlay! Esports
WeSave! Charity Play donations
Donations kept on rolling in through the second day of the event, boosting the prize pool with over $24,000. WePlay! Esports put $120,000, which along with all the donations will go to CEPI and GlobalSaving for COVID-19 vaccine development and for providing hospitals with masks, ventilators, and other lifesaving medical supplies. While on day one the donations came in slowly, on day two an anonymous donor helped the cause with $11,000.
Those who want and can help the raising funds campaign can do so via WePlay! donation page or with Twitch Bits via the official WePlay! Russian, Ukrainian and English Twitch.tv channels. The tournament features incentives for the community to contribute with donations. The first stretch goal which is a cross regions final between the Europe and CIS brackets winner will unlock at the $150,000 mark.
March 22, Day 3 schedule:
12:00 CET – preshow
13:00 CET: TNC Predator vs Team Adroit
17:00 CET: Virtus.pro vs HellRaisers
20:00 CET: Evil Geniuses vs Business Associates