Team Nigma's chances at securing a direct invite to TI10 have gone down after losing a crucial series 2-1 to PSG.LGD in the upper bracket of WePlay AniMajor. The two teams put on a show, but PSG.LGD, similar to previous performances in the tournament, seemed to be in a class of its own with its flawless team and individual performances. Their drafts also were quite superior in the two games that they won. This Major has been an extended pilgrimage for Team Nigma, as they have played almost 30 games so far. They must now reach the grand finals of the tournament via the lower bracket to receive the TI10 direct invite.
Game 1 was a display of top-notch gameplay by PSG.LGD who played incredibly well around their spells, made the right map movements and protected their safe lane Terrorblade at all times. Their itemization was also splendid as NothingToSay chose the third item Aeon Disk on his mid Puck. Nigma never managed to stay afloat in a teamfight and lost to an extremely clinical PSG.LGD team in 34 minutes.
Game 2 was a banger. Team Nigma was able to establish a decent lead after the laning phase with Miracle- dominating on his mid lane Templar Assassin. Additionally, they came out with positive numbers in close teamfights. In the end, they made some clutch buybacks to kill the enemy throne and win the game in 36 minutes.
Game 3 saw PSG.LGD having a better draft as its fourth pick Phantom Lancer had no answers. Team Nigma pulled out a surprise offlane Broodmother as its last pick to control the tempo of the game. Though they played the early game quite well, PSG.LGD outplayed them once they hit their crucial item timings and ultimately won it in 35 minutes.
Here are some highlights of the series.
PSG.LGD has arguably been the best team of the tournament so far. They look determined to take the Major Championship title despite already having secured a TI10 berth. They draft well and do a spectacular job of executing their roles, demonstrating high-quality Dota 2 gameplay.
Nigma, on the other hand, had been slaying it in this event, playing back-to-back matches and showing no signs of slowing down. However, they lose to a superior PSG.LGD lineup and will now journey down a path that KuroKy and his teammates have been known for - the lower bracket quest.
11 teams have booked a berth at TI10 and only direct invite remains up for grabs. If Nigma makes it to the grand finals, it takes it and if it does not, a grueling TI10 EU qualifier awaits them back home.
Catch PSG.LGD back in action on June 13, 2021, to face the winner of T1 vs Quincy Crew in the upper bracket finals and Team Nigma to face Evil Geniuses in the lower bracket round 3.