The Final Minor of the season, GESC: Thailand kicked off earlier yesterday with some impressive performances from Fnatic as they seek to claim additional points to break into the Top 8 in the DPC Rankings. The BO1 group stage saw some very thrilling matches, and quite surprisingly Fnatic have impressively come through Day 1 unscathed.
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It was a long day filled with 16 BO1 matches played on the opening day of GESC: Thailand’s Dota 2 Minor with really no big upsets. Fnatic, in particular, was very impressive on the day and managed to go 4-0 on the first day, with wins over Team Secret, Alpha Esports, The Final Tribe and SG Esports. Tomorrow they will face Evil Geniuses (who are also undefeated but with 1 less game played), Keen Gaming and VGJ.Storm. If Fnatic manages to win atleast 2 matches tomorrow they will secure a place in the Semifinals and guaranteed DPC points.
The North American team went on a roll on Day 1 with Arteezy in full form, taking down Alpha Red, Keen Gaming and their NA bretheren —VGJ.Storm. Evil Geniuses are currently sitting in 9th place in the DPC standings, just one spot away from the Top 8 threshold. A win here at the GESC: Thailand Dota 2 Minor will be just what they need, providing them crucial points which will see them break into the Top 8 of the DPC table. They’ve started off well, can they keep this up?
The rest of the teams have performed as well as what was expected from them. Thailand team Alpha.Red and SA representative SG Esports are both yet to win a single game and are on the brink of elimination. Since the bottom two teams will be eliminated from the event, it’s going to take a miraculous comeback for either of them to turn this tournament around.
VG.Storm, The Final Tribe, Keen Gaming, and surprisingly Team Secret are all in the mid-table and are almost guaranteed to move on to the Main Event. The Group Stages come to a close today, which will be followed by a two day, Single-Elimination main event which kicks off on Friday.