The Manila Major Main Event – MVP secures Top 6 as they defeat Liquid 2-0 in the First Round of the Upper Bracket
The Korean’s defy the odds today at first round of the Manila Major main event as they take down Liquid 2-0 and secure a top 6 spot, and possibly a direct TI6 invite!
MVP Phoenix displays their signature hyper-agression early game by bringing in the Ember Spirit for QO with MP on the Lifestealer and a surprise Riki pick for DuBu, whereas Liquid looked to counter that aggression with aggression of their own as they draft the Ursa for MATUMBAMAN and FATA- on the Dragon Knight and the signature Earth Spirit for JerAx. Liquid was the first to initiate the aggro with multiple pick-offs and pick-off attempts on MVP‘s cores, while Liquid themselves drafted a lot of tanks by way of Ursa and Dragon Knight, they are yet to answer to Lifestealer’s scaling Damage against these tanky heroes. At the meantime, Forev secures himself his important core items, a Mekansm and the Arcane Boots as early as 10 minutes, preparing MVP for to fights to come. A big fight commences at the bottom lane right after Liquid securing the Aegis for MATUMBAMAN and while they look to flank MVP, Forev‘s Ravage was on point in isolating the Ursa from the rest of his team, popping up the Aegis and killing him off right after. MVP continued to pile up on their lead and finally forcing the GG from Liquid by the 42-minute mark.
Game 2 showed a repeat in MVP‘s strategy of early game aggression bringing in multiple disables through the way of QO‘s Slardar, MP on the Invoker and Forev on the Axe, Liquid went for a push oriented lineup this time placing Kuroky on the Beast Master while MinD_ContRoL on the Nature’s Prophet, with MATUMBAMAN becoming the icing on top with the Gyrocopter. MVP saw through Liquid‘s plan of running Kuroky on the Jungle, turning him into a core and grabbed a few kills on him through DuBu and Febby‘s jungle invades, the tactic left Forev on the solo lane at top though as he resorted to juggling to catch up on the farm. Liquid managed to nearly secure the game through their early pushes, while MVP was still struggling on the farm, securing Tower after Tower and going for their first uphill after securing the Aegis, the attempt was countered hard by MVP however as Forev‘s Axe managed to dunked on 3 heroes driving Liquid away but not after leaving the top lane exposed. Liquid piled up on the pressure, and was able to punish MVP‘s top lane Tier 2 push attempt by destroying the bottom lane barracks and finishing the Top Lane Job. All hope seems to be gone for MVP at this point but the Korean’s persevered and held on to their Ancient, just until MP and QO secure their farms. Carefully picking their fights, MVP had multiple instances of catching Kuroky alone and initiating the fights in their favour but is still yet to find that needed opening. A big fight at the bottom lane broke out becoming a huge turning point and revealing the lead that MVP is building up, as it forced 3 buybacks from both teams, and utilising the Force Staffs to evade Liquid’s AOEs, particularly FATA-‘s Death Prophet and the Call Down from MATUMBAMAN, and as well as the early Boots of Travels. MVP takes a few barracks of their own but was stalled by Kuroky‘s attempt to race them to the base, the stall attempt proved to be futile however for as soon as MVP found another opening, they forced another fight from Liquid, got the kills that they need and proceeded to take the series at 63:21.
MVP moves towards the next round of the upper bracket in the main event, and securing themselves a Top 6 finish for the Manila Major.