Evil Geniuses (EG) and Invictus Gaming (IG) have started off their ONE Esports Singapore Major campaigns with crucial wins in the upper bracket playoffs. These victories mean that both these teams are now guaranteed a top-eight finish and a portion of the total prize pool of $500,000 USD and 2,700 DPC points. While EG registered a comprehensive 2-0 series win over Fnatic, IG outperformed VG 2-1 in a relatively competitive series. As a result of these losses, Fnatic will now play against OB Esports x Neon while VG plays against Team Liquid in the lower bracket on April 1, 2021.
EG vs Fnatic: Match Recap and Highlights
Game 1 witnessed a bloodless laning phase as only three support kills were recorded in the first 10 minutes. All the cores resorted were happily farming until the 19-minute mark when Fnatic lost a crucial teamfight. Fnatic’s heroes who had no chance of fighting without BKBs helplessly watched the enemies take down their base as they lost the game in just 26 minutes.
Game 2 saw Fnatic surprisingly drafting Techies for Jabz. They also had an off lane Enigma and a safe lane Wraith King, making their lineup relatively weaker in the early phases. EG was deterred by the enemies’ potency to hold the high ground but they eventually won the game with a conventional draft at 50 minutes.
IG vs VG: Match Recap and Highlights
Game 1 saw a spectacular all-around performance from IG’s heroes as they played incredibly well around their hero timings. While Emo delivered a solid performance on the mid lane Void Spirit, VG had no counters to flyfly’s Phantom Lancer in the middle stages of the game as they lost the game in 25 minutes.
VG made a comeback in Game 2 of the series as this time, all of their heroes were spot on with their spellcasting and teamfight execution. The game got intense between 35-40 minutes when almost all the heroes had to expend their buybacks to take the Aegis from Roshan. However, VG held their nerves and won the second game in 44 minutes.
Game 3 saw a very clinical performance by IG as Emo went berserk on his mid lane Templar Assassin. He was, undoubtedly, the star of the show with a 15-0-8 KDA, helping his team take the game in 37 minutes and the series 2-1.
Here is how the playoffs bracket looks after these two upper bracket round 1 matches.