Fnatic vs Neon Esports: Results, Highlights, Interview

Rakshak Kathuria
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  • Fnatic defeat Neon Esports 2-1 to end their unbeaten streak in the SEA 2021 DPC Season 1: Upper Division.
  • With this win, both the teams have five wins and one loss in six series. However, Fnatic is now the leader in the points table while Neon has slipped down to the second spot.
  • Fnatic will play their next series against TNC Predator on February 24 while Neon Esports play T1 on February 25.

Fnatic is on a roll at the SEA 2021 DPC Season 1: Upper Division as they have just ended Neon Esports’s unbeaten streak in the tournament. While the first two games witnessed both teams grab a comfortable victory each, the third and decider match was a thriller which Fnatic was able to close out in their favor to take the series 2-1. With this win, Neon loses their first place position for the first time in the tournament as they slip down to the second spot. This also means that Fnatic is now the leader in the points table of the SEA 2021 DPC Season 1: Upper Division and is now almost guaranteed a spot in the first Major of the season.

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Fnatic defeat Neon Esports to reach the top spot in the SEA 2021 DPC Season 1

The SEA 2021 DPC Season 1: Upper Division witnessed a cracker of a series today as Fnatic faced Neon Esports in a battle for the top spot.

In game 1, Neon had a relatively weaker draft as they lacked damage and lockdown to kill enemy heroes. Almost all of their ganks were countered by Fnatic, which put them at a considerable deficit in the game’s early stages. All of Fnatic’s heroes surpassed their counterparts in terms of net worth as they convincingly won the first game in just 32 minutes. 

Game 2 witnessed Neon bouncing back as Natsumi- delivered a flawless performance on Phantom Lancer. While neither team had a considerable networth lead at even the 30-minute mark, Natsumi- was a beast as he did not die once and carried his team to a victory in the second game in 39 minutes.

Game 3 was a very close one as Fnatic, who, despite having a solid networth lead, found it hard to pierce the high ground of Neon. The Filipino squad, as well, spectacularly held their base and managed to extend the game. However, Fnatic’s heroes had more items, better map control, and Raven on a six-slotted Wraith King, which allowed the team to end a very competitive game three. 

The full highlights of the series can be viewed in the following video.

Fnatic Moon talks about the series against Neon Esports

In the post-match winners’ interview, Fnatic’s midlaner, Kam "Moon" Boon Seng, talked about the loss in the second match and their conscious approach to hit the high ground of Neon in the third match.

“In the second game, we thought that we are in a good spot, splitting Neon until we made a mistake at the top high ground, and then the game just slipped away.

(In the third game) I think we just tried to play safe, and we would have played this way if it was any other team. We just try to do what’s best in that particular moment.”

Fnatic vs Neon Esports: Results, Highlights, Interview
The top five teams in this points table still have a chance of making it to the Singapore Major 2021.Since Fnatic and Neon both have five wins and one loss in six series, they are relatively close to qualifying to the Singapore Major. The upcoming final week of the tournament promises to be an amazing one as we have matchups between Fnatic and TNC Predator on February 24, T1 and Neon Esports on February 25. These matches’ outcomes will be consequential in determining the teams that move to the Major from the SEA region.

Rakshak is an undergrad, an inquisitive person who likes to acquire information and knowledge of varied sectors in esports. However, his current focus is specifically on Dota 2.

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