OB.Neon has beaten Fnatic in the battle of the SEA teams at the ONE Esports Singapore Major. This 2-1 series win by OB.Neon in the lower bracket round 1 means that they have knocked Fnatic out of the tournament and have secured themselves a top-eight finish. They will now be taking home at least $12,500 USD in prize money and 200 in DPC points. On the other hand, Fnatic, who was considered to be the strongest SEA representative at the Singapore Major has been eliminated after losing both their initial series. They finish in 9th-12th place and hence go home empty-handed - without any money or DPC points.
OB.Neon vs Fnatic was the first elimination series of the Singapore Major playoffs. While OB.Neon had moved to the lower bracket after placing seventh in the group stages, Fnatic lost 2-0 to Evil Geniuses in the upper bracket round 1.
Game 2 witnessed OB.Neon pick a mid Earth Spirit and an offlane Clockwerk, which did not work out as they got stomped by their enemies. All Fnatic’s heroes outfarmed their counterparts as they helped the team secure an easy second game win in 24 minutes.
Game 3 saw OB.Neon absolutely outplaying Fnatic as they allowed them only to register five kills in a 31-minute game. Moon and Masaros had a miserable game while Raven could only muster so much farm to delay the inevitable. A clinical game 3 performance saw the Filipinos win the series 2-1.
Fnatic, who were the top seed in the SEA 2021 DPC Season 1: Upper Division, had a lackluster show at the Singapore Major and will now go home after playing just two series. On the other hand, OB.Neon, who is playing with 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.
Sadly for SEA Dota 2 fans, only one SEA representative now remains in the Singapore Major. OB.Neon will be looking to extend its lower bracket run on April 2, 2021, in the lower bracket round 2 when it plays against the winner of Team Liquid and Vici Gaming.