Quincy Crew, Team Aster, Team Liquid and Fnatic are the first four teams in the Singapore Major playoffs to get eliminated from the tournament. These four teams end their ONE Esports Singapore Major campaigns in the 9th-12th position and as a result, have to head back home without any prize money or DPC points. The top eight teams of the Singapore Major have now been determined and interestingly, each of the six regions has at least one representative. Virtus.pro who defeated Quincy Crew 2-1 will be facing Thunder Predator who beat Team Aster 2-0, in the next round of the lower bracket. On the other hand, Vici Gaming who defeated Team Liquid 2-0 will be competing against OB.Neon who beat Fnatic 2-1.
Singapore Major top eight locked; Quincy Crew, Aster, Liquid and Fnatic go home
The second day of the Singapore Major playoffs, April 1, 2021, had four elimination series in the lower bracket round 1. In the first one, OB.Neon registered a surprising 2-1 win over Fnatic. The Filipino squad, who is playing with captain, skem, in the safe lane as they had to replace Natsumi- with Rappy and then Rappy with Deth, have emerged stronger to beat the odds.
Vici Gaming faced against Team Liquid in the second series of the day. This elimination series saw these teams compete against each other for the third time in the tournament. While Vici Gaming had registered a comfortable 2-0 win over Liquid in the wild card, Liquid had bounced back in the group stage to beat the Chinese squad 2-0 in the group stage.
Despite putting up a solid fight, Liquid was outplayed by a much better team on the day. Vici Gaming looked spot on with their drafting strategies and gameplay execution as they registered a comprehensive 2-0 win.
Thunder Predator, whose undefeated series streak in the Singapore Major was ended by the widely considered favorites, Team Secret, fought for survival against Team Aster in the third elimination series of the day. The SA squad looked hot again as they showed some high-quality Dota 2 to register a 2-0 win over Aster. Their mid laner, Leostyle, was the MVP as he ended the series with an impressive 27-5-18 KDA.
Virtus.pro vs Quincy Crew was arguably the most anticipated series of the day. While Virtus.pro had come into the tournament as one of the top contenders behind Team Secret, their performance in their first upper bracket series against PSG.LGD was pretty underwhelming. In the first game of the lower bracket series, Virtus.pro was overwhelmed by Quinn’s safe lane Io - a hero that he played for the first time in the tournament. However, the CIS squad, was able to hold their nerves to reverse sweep the NA squad and take the series 2-1.
The next round of the lower bracket of the Singapore Major which will be featuring the four winners of the aforementioned series is scheduled for April 2, 2021. In addition, there will also be a couple of upper bracket series to determine the teams that move to the upper bracket finals. Evil Geniuses will be facing Invictus Gaming while Team Secret is set to brawl PSG.LGD.