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With just one more day left to reach the end of the second week of Asian Development League – Main Event. The scoreboard has undergone a massive makeover with Beyond Gaming falling down a few positions while the Chinese teams sit comfortably at the top two positions.
The past three days have seen the rise of the Chinese teams, Flash Gaming and CyberZen while Beyond who are taking a break after playing out their matches in quick succession over the first week are sliding down the points table with each passing day.
B.O.O.T-d[S] started off the week on a winning note against EHOME but what followed them in the past few days has surely left the team to have a serious discussion. Otherwise, they have headed towards a harrowing league ahead.
B.O.O.T-d[S] has lost 4 matches in the last 3 days which has sent the team tumbling down to the bottom half of the points table.
It all started with B.O.O.T-d[S] losing to BTRG.IMBA who were struggling to get their first win in the second week of the league. B.O.O.T-d[S] tried hard but BTRG.IMBA came out stronger and better than before, they showed determination which gave them the push required to execute their plays with confidence and have more faith in their teammates.
This was followed by a defeat to GOSU. GOSU made quick work of B.O.O.T-d[S] on Nuke where B.O.O.T-d[S] constantly faced a problem of getting caught in extremely awkward positions which led to a massacre of sorts. The following match was handled by B.O.O.T-d[S] in a way better manner as they operated calmly and even turned the match around a few times but GOSU was the superior performing team and settled the match with another loss being registered for B.O.O.T-d[S].
Yesterday witnessed B.O.O.T-d[S] lost two back to back matches against TNC & SZ Absolute. They tried their level best to win the two encounters but something was still amiss which the team really needs to figure out quickly.
If B.O.O.T-d[S] in this form can manage to take SZ down to an overtime then they still have a really good chance of finding their way back into the league but only if they are able to find a way around their setback.
5Power began their Main Event journey in the second week beating SZ Absolute in their first game. Coming in strong after winning the PLG Grand Slam – East Asia Qualifiers, the team carried on to play with their amazing form and took down Scarz pretty comfortably. The second match did see SZ fight it out evenly till the middle rounds but the heat fizzled out as 5Power struck them hard with their counter plays.
BTRG.IMBA was the next team to have been defeated by 5Power. The first match was quite a tough one for 5Power as they barely clutched out a win solely relying on their individual talents. Things turned around for 5Power as they played without any setbacks in the following match on Dust 2, crushing BTRG.IMBA down to a perfect crisp.
Flash Gaming won both their games in the last three days. Flash went up against Ehome and GOSU both of them beaten in a straight set of ‘2-0’. Ehome played as they normally do but the Tigers were on a path to reach the top of the points table and went all out to topple Ehome, who did hold their own but couldn’t go beyond that to hold onto the game as well.
GOSU were also the same as Ehome they played but the effort was not there behind their game. The true intent to win instead lurked in the frags of Flash, who played GOSU really well. They displayed aggression even through their rock-solid defence. Beating GOSU ‘2-0’, Flash moved to the top of the points table.
SZ Absolute who won against B.O.O.T-d[S], as discussed earlier above and continued on their winning ways by beating BTRG as well. Facing stiff competition in the opening match, SZ did manage to come back stronger and take the win but could not repeat the same in the second match which went down to overtime. SZ sealed the match with a win on Dust 2 where BTRG were a tickle for the dominating Scarz.
With only one more day left for the second week of the league to get over, it might still be possible to witness some shuffle taking in the top half of the points table.