The Manila Major Main Event – Fnatic, ViCi Gaming Reborn drop out of the Major
The onslaught continues in the Manila Major as SEA’s finest, Fnatic Dota, and one of China’s promising young team, ViCi Gaming Reborn, are both eliminated from the tournament, and securing a spot at the top 6 tournament finishers.
ViCi Gaming vs LGD Gaming – The Chinese Tango
A new Chinese rivalry seems to be brewing between Fy‘s VG Reborn and xiao8‘s LGD Gaming as they become one of the only matchups to break the series of sweeps that is the Main Event of the Manila Major. With back and forth situations happening in all 3 games of their series, ViCi Gaming Reborn has proved that even though they are a team composed mostly of young players, they can already take on veterans such as LGD Gaming.
Huge plays coming from both teams such as Maybe‘s Godlike Invoker on Game 1 and the END+Yang connection in Game 2 that paved way for VG Reborn‘s 1 victory in the best of 3 series. Still even with multiple back and forth exchanges in Game 1, Games 2 and 3 were just pure dominance by the winners of each game, and with LGD up by a game after their first game victory, they managed to take the series away from VG Reborn as xiao8 and co continue their quest for a Major Title.
LGD Gaming will then proceed to face off team MVP Phoenix in the Lower Bracket Semifinals, with the victor to secure a Top 4 spot in the Manila Majors.
Fnatic vs Liquid – Challenging the DJ Initiative
Fresh of defeating the crowd favorite, Natus Vincere, Team Liquid is off to face off another team that the Filipinos are rooting for, the Malaysian squad Fnatic. The Malaysians were off to strong start in Game 1, with DJ controlling the jungle during the early game stages and netting a few important kills for the team to start building up their advantage.
However, even with DJ‘s rotations towards the top lane where MATUMBAMAN‘s Lycan is placed, and invading the jungling Doom, Kuroky, the middle and bottom lanes were pretty much open for Team Liquid, with FATA- getting a considerable amount of early farm against Midone. The turnaround period for Liquid kicked off during their 3-4 man rotations, one of which was able to punish Mushi and 343 at the bottom lane.
Fnatic still tried to reclaim Game 1, trying to make work of the initiation combo of both DJ and Ohaiyo and the follow up from a very farmed up Mushi Sven, but Jerax with the quick Static Storm placement and Glimpse usage of his Disruptor, partnered with Kuroky being able to quickly react on the Doom easily made things worst for Fnatic as they are forced to fight under the Exorcism damage from FATA-‘s Death Prophet.
Fnatic will try to even the series in game 2 with a very greedy lineup consisting of 2 very farm-reliant carries, the Medusa on Mushi and the Phantom Lancer on Midone, while the late game potential looks good on paper simply because of the damage output, Liquid will fight them farm-for-farm as they draft the FATA– Alchemist together with MATUMBAMAN‘s Lifestealer.
While Fnatic was able to punish Liquid‘s multiple failed smoke rotations, their problem would come later as even with MATUMBAMAN leading the Liquid squad to try and pick off Mushi and Midone, FATA– on the other hand was able to secure his farm on the Alchemist and stayed at the very top of the networth charts while Fnatic was scrambling to distribute the early farm between the Medusa and the Phantom Lancer. The issue was somewhat solved by making Midone go join the teamfights, and the rest of the squad together with the PL was starting to go on a roll with the rotations and pick-offs.
A quick turnaround was made by Liquid as they picked off the Aegis after taking down 2 of Fnatic‘s heroes and there was no looking back from there, a farmed up Alchemist on FATA–, the multiple infest initiations of MATUMBAMAN with the assists of MinD_ContRoL‘s Slardar and Kuroky‘s Riki paved way for an uphill push that ended up nearly destroying Fnatic with both the Alchemist and the Lifestealer shredding through their lineup.
The pressure is on the Malaysians as 2 sets of their Barracks already down, and Liquid leading with more than 25,000 on the Net worth. One final attempt to take the game happened in a do-or-die Roshan attempt that was ticked off by Liquid. It looked like a trap by Fnatic if not for Ohaiyo getting caught by the Slardar, and gets quickly eliminated, now without the Roar to control either the Alchemist or the Lifestealer, Liquid just steamrolled through the rest of Fnatic‘s lineup, wiping them off the map and taking the Victory, 2-0 and head on the Lower Bracket Finals.