EG and IG Get Off to a Hot Start in the Singapore Major While Fnatic and VG Falter

Rakshak Kathuria
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  • EG beat Fnatic 2-0 while IG beat VG 2-1 in round 1 of the upper bracket playoffs at the ONE Esports Singapore Major.
  • EG and IG have now guaranteed themselves a top-eight finish and a portion of the total prize pool of $500,000 USD and 2,700 DPC points.
  • EG and IG will be playing against each other on April 2, 2021, to determine the team that moves to the upper bracket finals.

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.

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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.

ONE Esports Singapore Major playoffs bracket after EG and IG's wins.
Image Via Liquipedia

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Thunder Predator vs Team Secret and vs PSG.LGD are the two other upper bracket series for March 31, 2021. The winner of these two matches will play against each other on April 2, 2021, in the upper bracket semifinals. EG and IG will also be playing against each other on April 2 to determine the team that moves to the upper bracket finals. 

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.