After the first two quarterfinal series came to a swift end earlier in the day in the DPL-CDA Professional League Season 2, the losing teams would have to fight for their tournament lives in the first lower bracket series – with Invictus Gaming taking on Sparking Arrow Gaming.
Both iG and SAG saw themselves going down in 0-2 losses earlier today in the DPL-CDA Pro League Season 2, falling to Vici Gaming and Team Aster, respectively. To close out the day we would see one of the team’s tournament come to an end as they would play against one another in the lower bracket.
Having drafted the Phoenix twice in their losses earlier in the day, SAG decided to take a different path and ban out the hero in all three games of the series, not wanting their opponent to use it against them. Game one would be extremely low scoring with a total of only 18 kills in the 35-minute game. While iG looked to have a firm foothold in the early period, with Jin ‘flyfly’ Zhiyi’s Morphling looking extremely strong, as the game progressed, SAG was able to punish their opponent and take a quick lead.
While game two was definitely more back-and-forth, both teams were making some extremely critical errors which led to their opponent finding openings. However, with multiple buybacks, die-backs and team fights, iG managed to remain standing and tied the series. As we went into the decisive game three, iG seemed to now be in the driver’s seat and took the final game by storm. A strange Hand of Midas pickup from Zhong ‘God-King’ Liushuai’s Terrorblade gave Flyfly’s Phantom Lancer all the space he required to take over the game and lead iG to a 2-1 victory.
With that, DPL-CDA Pro League Season 2 comes to an end for the day, with Invictus Gaming managing to survive the onslaught and SAG being the first team to be eliminated in the playoffs. Tomorrow we will see the likes of PSG.LGD taking on EHOME and CDEC Gaming going up against Royal Never Give Up – before the losing teams will play in an elimination series.