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The ESL of Clash of Nations kicked off earlier today, with the Play-in phase.
We saw four teams including Team Adroit from the Philippines, Global Esports from India as well as Team Oracle and Athletico Esports from the Australia/NZ region compete for a chance to move on to the main event which features a $50,000 prize pool.
Upper Bracket - First Round (Adroit and Oracle off to a good start)
The first series of the day saw Team Adroit take on Athletico Esports in a BO3. The first match saw Athletico Esports land an upset to take the lead in the series with a 54-minute victory. However, Team Adroit managed to bring the series back, securing two back-to-back wins to take the series and move on to the next round.
On the other side of the bracket, we saw complete domination from Team Oracle as they handed out two relatively one-sided losses to Global Esports in a series which lasted just 70 minutes to move on to the next round.
Adroit make it through to the Main Event
Following their initial jitters, Adroit seemed to be on form and were clearly the better team against Team Oracle. They dominated two back-to-back games and never really looked like they were under any danger of losing either game and made it through to the Main Event with a 2-0 scoreline.
Global Esports Eliminated
Indian representative, Global Esports were the first team to be eliminated from the tournament after suffering yet another quick 2-0 loss, this time to Athletico Esports. Unfortunately, it seems like Indian Dota 2 teams still have a long way to go before being able to compete with Top Tier SEA teams like Oracle and Athletico Esports.
Adroit will now compete in the Main event of ESL Clash of Nations where they’ll go toe-to-toe against the likes of BOOM ID, 496 Gaming, Reality Rift and RRQ.Trust.
The main event kicks off tomorrow at the Royal Paragon Hall, Bangkok, Thailand. You can watch the stream here: