DreamLeague Season 9 started off quick and device with all four series ending in 2:0. The eight-team Minor will continue tomorrow starting with the first two Lower Bracket series before deciding the Upper Bracket Finalists.
Here's a short recap and a few highlights.
The proceedings in Stockholm, Sweden, kicked off with Fnatic taking on OG in the first series of the day. Game one saw a first pick Death Prophet for OG’s coach, Sebastien "7ckngMad" Debs as OG went for a draft which saw them left wanting for damage.
Fnatic, on the other hand, went with a Jacky "EternalEnvy" Mao Weaver. He shone on the hero, playing his normal hyper-aggressive style, and buying space for the rest of the team. OG had no answer for the tempo and was hounded into their base and denied any type of comeback. Envy finished game one 12-1-14.
The second game played out much like the first, with an even faster pace set by Fnatic, and their aggression and heavy push got them the GG in under 25 mins, and they took the series in a convincing 2-0.
Following the first stomp of the day, Newbee and Immortals met for a China vs Korea clash. In both games the Chinese team played quickly with great rotations and coordination, putting pressure on Immortals, who put up a good defense, especially in the second game. Unfortunately, a Medusa with a Divine Rapier before 30 mins will ruin your morning, and Newbee were able to take both games just past the half-hour marks.
The third series of the day saw Team Secret take on the CIS representative Team Empire. Team Empire made the return to the DPC for the first time since the SL i-League Invitational Season 4. Game one saw the biggest stomp of the day as Team Secret destroyed Team Empire in under 17 minutes.
While Empire's Beatboxing skills were top notch, Team Secret had the edge in Dota
Team Secret drafted a Mid-lane Phoenix of all heroes for Yeik "MidOne" Nai Zheng in Game 2. Rostislav "Fn" Lozovoi, wielded his signature Queen of Pain against it in lane and completely annihilated the bird. It looked like a draft gone bad for a while for Secret, but some adjustments and coordination got them back into the match.
Marcus "Ace" Hoelgaard decided to put his team on the back of his Chaos Knight and carried them through the mid game allowing Midone to catch up on the farm. From there they simply out-played and out-maneuvered Empire to take their second victory.
In the last series of the day we had another stand-in coach; Seung Gon "Heen" Lee. Jumping in as a support and moving Captain Kuro Salehi "KuroKy" Takhhasomi to the position one. The first game in the series was the most competitive we've had all day, with Pain Gaming picking and playing around a sniper, whereas the lesser-spotted Alchemist was picked up by Team Liquid. paiN did well against the still formidable but miracle-less International winners, but in the end, the scaling Alchemist and good team-fight calls gave the Europeans the wins.
Kuro with the VAC plays
Game two was another closely contested affair and where Pain gaming was never really out of it. Their Luna pick-up was getting work done but the team fight was too strong from Liquid and they took the fourth series of the day 2:0.
MinD_ContRoL sends paiN Gaming straight down to the lower bracket
Frankly, Dreamleague Season 9’s Day 1 was quite disappointing as there were no close matches and almost all of the series were stomps. Hopefully, Day 2 will provide us with much more exciting games.
Here’s the schedule for Day 2. You can tune into the games at Dreamleague’s Twitch channel.
|Immortals vs Team Empire||03:00 PM||05:30 PM|
|paiN Gaming vs OG||06:00 PM||08:30 PM|
|Team Liquid vs Fnatic||09:00 PM||11:30 PM|
|Newbee vs Team Secret||12:00 AM||02:30 AM|