Starladder Ukraine Minor: Alliance have qualified for the Epicenter Major

Vignesh Raghuram

16th, Jun, 2019

No surprises took place on day four of The StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor Season 2—unless you count, Alliance’s 2-1 comeback victory against NiP as a surprise.

Alliance opened up the penultimate day against Team Sirius, who put up one hell of a fight against one of the tournament favourites.

Team Sirius managed to claim victory in the opening game utilizing Sylar’s Anti Mage to the fullest extent as they out-executed the Swedish team to grab a 1-0 lead. But Alliance looked composed and unified for the first time in several tournaments. As a result, they methodically pushed Sirius back and claimed their first win evening up the series.

Alliance continued their solid play as they took the third game and booked their place in the winner’s bracket.
 

 

The Alliance roster have stuck together through thick and thin and have chosen to take a few short breaks which has allowed them to recuperate and become stronger as the season progresses.

On the flip side, NiP was the early favourite to take home first place and claim the lion’s share of the $3000,000 prize pool that is up for grabs. Those odds looked pretty good after they breezed past Team Anvorgesa.

NiP had a sizable advantage that they managed to hold onto in order to take game one, but game two was back-and-forth. The Peruvians did not go down quietly in the next game, but NiP’s experience prevailed in the end as they forced Anvorgesa to make multiple mistakes and took the game in the later stages.
 


 

The race to the Epicenter Major


NiP’s victory meant that the two favourites, the two Europeans, would battle it out in the Winner’s Bracket final.

NiP took game one, but Alliance evened it all out with a game two win. It was Game 3 where Alliance decided to truly take it up a notch. With a well-laid out draft and some immaculate offensive manoeuvres which had NiP on the back-foot from minute 1, Alliance stormed into the Grand Finals with a 38-minute victory.

This victory means that Alliance has booked their place in the Epicenter Major. In all likelihood, a Top 8 finish at Epicenter will be enough for Alliance to claim their spot at The International 9.
 


The final match of the day saw Team Sirius pitted against Team Anvorgesa. Both Game 1 and 2 were heavily one-sided, as Team Sirius outplayed Anvorgesa at every turn and easily secured a 2-0 victory.

After finishing the 2-0 sweep of Team Anvorgesa, Sirius will move on to face NiP in the lower bracket finals. The winner of that match secures a place in the Epicenter Major and will then advance to play Alliance in the grand finals. 
Nonetheless, Team Anvorgesa put together a strong, commendable performance and we hope that the team sticks together.

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