Team Secret and PSG.LGD reign supreme in the upper bracket round 1 of the ONE Esports Singapore Major playoffs. Both these teams, Secret and PSG.LGD, registered comprehensive 2-0 wins over Thunder Predator and Virtus.pro respectively to guarantee themselves a top-six finish in the tournament. This means that they will at least be taking home a sum of $50,000 and 350 DPC points. Both these teams will be facing each other now in the upper bracket semifinals on April 2, 2021. On the other hand, Virtus.pro and Thunder Predator get knocked down to the lower bracket and will be fighting for survival in the tournament on April 1, 2021.
Game 1 saw Secret establish a significant lead in the first 20 minutes only. Thunder Predator’s cores used their innate tanking power to push the towers but they always lost heroes. Though they were able to take one set of barracks, Secret was way stronger as a team as they won the first game in 41 minutes with a favorable scoreline of 41-12.
Game 2 saw Secret draft an unconventional last pick Abaddon for MATUMBAMAN in the safe lane. As the game progressed, the European team’s draft proved to be better as Thunder could never take a 5v5 teamfight. Mnz grew stronger on Lifestealer but he was unable to solo carry his team to victory as they lost it in 38 minutes.
Game 1 saw PSG.LGD come out ahead in the laning phase. Nightfall was the only one having a good game on Virtus.pro’s side, and was able to accumulate a lot of farm and items. He helped the team bring down the net worth lead to nearly negligible—however, PSG.LGD was immaculate with their late-game spellcasting and won the first game in 47 minutes with some great late-game outplays..
In game 2, both teams resorted to farming and avoided teamfights for the first 20 minutes. PSG.LGD had a comparatively better power spike with BKB on their cores, and they absolutely outplayed Virtus.pro in the next couple of teamfights to take the victory in 37 minutes.
Here is how the playoffs bracket looks after the culmination of day 1 of the Singapore Major playoffs.
Teams Secret’s battle against PSG.LGD for an upper bracket final spot will be on April 2, 2021. Virtus.pro will be looking to defeat Quincy Crew in their lower bracket match while Thunder Predator needs to beat Team Aster on April 1, 2021, to avoid elimination from the tournament.