CIS’s dark horse squad, Team Spirit made it out of the WePlay AniMajor Group Stage following a thrilling tiebreaker match against Team Liquid today.
All eight Group Stage teams found themselves battling for position in the standings to see which of them would advance to the Upper and Lower Bracket of the playoffs. Meanwhile, Team Spirit and Team Liquid were pitted against each other in a tiebreaker match after finishing with the same 5-9 record in the playoffs.
Team Spirit had an impressive come-from-behind win against Team Liquid
The young CIS team showed they weren’t going to let their chance to advance into the Playoffs slip away after their hard-fought battles in the Group Stage. Team Liquid took the early game lead with well-coordinated tower pushes that opened up the map for their Luna and Invoker picks.
Team Spirit turned the game around by taking the fight to Team Liquid. With Illya “Yatoro” Mulyarchuk’s Drow Ranger completing his Eye of Skadi, Team Spirit was able to isolate Team Liquid’s cores and get the upper hand during clashes.
Alexander “TORONTOTOKYO” Khertek on the Puck was also committed to hunting down Aydin “iNSaNiA” Sarkohi’s Oracle whenever a team fight broke out. Without iNSaNiA’s False Promise ultimate, Team Liquid’s heroes were shredded by Yataro’s incredible damage output.
With Team Liquid on their last legs, Magomed “Collapse” Khalilov finished the tiebreaker match with two Ravages, thanks to his Refresher Orb. The win advanced Team Spirit as the last team to make it into the Lower Bracket of the Playoffs, while Team Liquid exited another Major without securing any DPC Points.
All the teams that have advanced to the WePlay AniMajor Playoffs
After four incredible days of Group Stage action from some of the best Dota 2 teams in the world, the WePlay AniMajor is now set for the Playoffs.
PSG.LGD and Team Nigma were the top two performers from the Group Stage. The two teams advanced to the Upper Bracket of the Playoffs, where they joined the DPC 2021 Season 2 champions from each respective region.
Meanwhile, Vici Gaming, Evil Geniuses, TNC Predator, and Team Spirit continue to the Lower Bracket, where they await teams that get knocked out of the Upper Bracket.
The WePlay AniMajor has also already revealed the brackets for the Playoffs. The marque matches to watch out for are between CIS powerhouse team Virtus.pro and surging Team Nigma squad who are poised to win another WePlay event.
There is also top European squad Alliance facing the best team from the Group Stage in PSG.LGD. Finally, we have a North versus South America matchup between Quincy Crew and NoPing e-sports.
The WePlay AniMajor Playoffs kicks off on June 9 at 5:00 p.m. GMT+8 with Team Aster versus T1. To learn more about the tournament’s results, schedule, format, prize pool, and where to watch click here.