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Say what you want about him, but EternaLEnVy is perhaps the most entertaining player in Dota 2 history. He and his team win unwinnable games and throw unlosable ones. Unfortunately, for the fans of Fighting Pandas and EE, it was the latter today.
Fighting Pandas were playing against Business Associates (ex-J.storm) for a spot in the Lower Bracket finals of the ESL One Los Angeles 2020 Major NA Qualifiers. A loss in this crucial match would see them get eliminated from the Major Qualifiers.
A Roller-Coaster Game 1
The first game saw the Pandas pickup a Medusa lineup focussing on the late game. As expected, their lineup fell behind and was on the back foot for the majority of the early-mid game phase of the match. Business Associates looked set to claim victory by securing the mid lane racks.
However, Fighting Pandas managed to turn the game on its head on the 41-minute mark with a fantastic fight around the Roshan pit.
They utilized the resulting Aegis to claim a ridiculous amount of map control and race off to an 18k Net Worth lead. And then they threw.
EternaLEnVy and co. took a teamfight in the enemy jungle with no vision, without buybacks (Not because of Cooldown, but because of Gold) and got caught in a 4 Man Winter’s Curse, Ravage and Lone Druid’s Savage Roar to get team wiped and concede the game despite possessing the net-worth advantage.
The team promptly lost the second game as well without putting up a significant fight and have been knocked out of the Major Qualifiers.
The team will now have to compete in the Minor Qualifiers for a spot at the StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor Season 3. Since North America has two slots in this Minor, we will likely see Fighting Pandas qualify for this tournament.