Neon Esports Eliminated from BTS Pro Series S12 as Fnatic Continues To Be On Top Form
Beyond The Summit (BTS) has done well to keep the Dota 2 community entertained before the upcoming The International 2022 (TI11) Last Chance Qualifiers, as the BTS Pro Series S12 goes into Day 9 of the group stages. Current leaders of the group stage, Fnatic faced off against bottom of the group Neon Esports in the opening match of the day.
While Fnatic almost threw Game One to Neon Esports due to a few mistakes in the late game, the Southeast Asia (SEA) gatekeepers managed to secure Game Two in dominating fashion.
Fnatic vs Neon Esports: Match recap
While Fnatic are considered as the clear favorites of the matchup, their performances during its recent matches against Execration & Boom Esports had fans worried about the team’s consistency going forward. Neon Esports on the other hand, were playing with two stand-ins with Michael "Enryu" Ladines and Prieme "PlayHard" Banquil both unable to play.
In Game One, Fnatic went for a very stable draft as they picked up Luna, Invoker, Enigma as its core lineup. Neon Esports on the other hand, went for Gyrocopter, Templar Assassin and Centaur Warrunner.
Fnatic looked to be in control of the whole match as Armel “Armel” Tabios’s Invoker was doing very well. However, a few mistakes in the late game almost cost them the game as Execration managed to come back from a 20K net worth deficit. But despite the scare, Fnatic managed to close out the game perfectly after 55 minutes as Anucha “Jabz” Jirawong’s Enigma managed to catch multiple heroes in a double Black Hole.
Having learned from Game One, Fnatic went for a more aggressive lineup by picking up Lone Druid for Marc “Raven” Fausto, Dragon Knight for Armel and Batrider for Jabz. Neon Esports opted to pick Lifestealer, Queen Of Pain and Mars as the core lineup.
While Game One took 50 minutes to end, Game Two was quicker as Fnatic were dominating that game with its aggressive lineup. The game ended up as a one-sided stomp as Fnatic secured Game Two after 18 minutes in dominating fashion, with Raven securing a KDA of 13/0/7 and not dying a single time in this game.
With this victory, Fnatic retained its top spot of the group standings as the team will go into a two day break before playing Team SMG in its final match. Neon Esports on the other hand, are most likely to be eliminated from the tournament after not being able to secure a 2-0 victory over any teams during the group stage.