Kiev Major Main Event Round 1 Recap: Filipinos eliminated, Brazilian newcomers move to Round 2
The Kiev Major wraps up Round 1 of the Main Event with some very surprising results.
The 2-day Round 1 of the Kiev Major main event results are surely a moment of shock for Filipino fans as all of the participating Filipino players, TNC Pro Team Dota 2 and Abed Azel “Abed” Yusop from team Digital Chaos are knocked out of the tournament. TNC Pro Team, while being commended for their amazing groupstage run, and has already elevated themselves to being the tournament’s top contenders, faced off with the South East Asian kryptonite, Team Faceless, on the first round of the main event, and while the series gave fulfilled the promise of a highly contested match-up, the Filipino team will fall short against Faceless, losing 1-2 in the Bo3 series.
Still speaking of Filipino pros and their venture in the Kiev Major, Abed, and the rest of team DC will face defeat in the Round 1 of the Kiev Majors after losing 0-2 against ViCi Gaming.J. The squad that is led by the Chinese legend Bai “rOtk” Fan continues their journey in the Kiev Major and is now one of the only 2 Chinese teams left in the tournament, the other one being Invictus Gaming. iG, while they may have secured their victory in Round 1, also almost faced peril against the Greek squad of mousesports as the former managed to force a Game 3 and almost staged a reverse sweep with a desperate base race happening at the closing moments of Game 3, notably, this is not the first time that the squad behind mousesports, which was formerly known as team Ad Finem, almost defeated a titan in a Valve Dota 2 Major, as the squad did finish 2nd place during Boston, a run that surely captured the hearts of many fans all around the globe.
The dominance of the West’s top teams still continue on in Round 1 of the Kiev Major as OG Dota, Evil Geniuses and Virtus.pro secure wins against Team Random, Thunderbirds and Invictus Gaming.Vitality, which is an expected feat coming from the three teams since they are predicted to place high, if not win the tournament.
But perhaps the very highlight of Round 1 is the matchup of baits between teams SG-Esports and Team Secret, while Secret, who seems to have now found their grove after a significant period of underperformance, was expected to easily steamroll SG-Esports who finished the groups with only 1 win, however, the Brazilian first timers is on the road for a Kiev Major Cinderella run as they surprisingly eliminate Secret 2-1 in a game that was full of taunts and baits such as MidOne‘s Invoker getting absolutely by KINGRD‘s Undying in the midlane skirmish thanks to the in-game taunt.
Kiev Major 2017 Main Event Round 1 Results
- Invictus Gaming (W) vs mousesports – 2:0
- Team Liquid (W) vs Newbee – 2:1
- Digital Chaos vs Team Vici Gaming.J (W) – 0:2
- Virtus.pro (W) vs Invictus Gaming.Vitality – 2:0
- TNC Pro Team vs Team Faceless (W) – 1:2
- OG (W) vs Team Random – 2:1
- Thunderbirds vs Evil Geniuses (W) – 0:2
- Team Secret vs SG-Esports (W) – 1:2