Sad reacts for Pinoys as Faceless eliminate Clutch Gamers out of the Manila Masters
Sad reacts only
The journey of the lone Filipino squad, Clutch Gamers on the Manila Masters has come to a bitter end as they fall to their South East Asian rival, Faceless 0-2 in the Lower Bracket rounds. With team Faceless constantly running the now popular Io pick on Jabz for 2 games to back their high-damage output lineup, Clutch almost always found themselves on the ropes especially during the mid and late game phases, unable to retaliate to the Faceless offensive.
While game 1 opened up with a very aggressive Clutch gamers as they constantly rotate their heroes, the Timbersaw on Gabbi paired with Boombacs‘ Slardar and flysolo‘s Witch Doctor in hopes to out-aggro the Spirit Breaker pick on Nutz, they were unable to secure significant picks, particularly on Black^‘s Outworld Devourer who was able to keep a very large farm lead ultimately spelled Clutch‘s demise for Game 1 together with iceiceice‘s Sand King.
Game 2 painted a near similar picture with Faceless once again drafting the Jabz Io and the Spirit Breaker on Nutz, although Clutch Gamers opted to go for a defensive team fighting lineup of their own with loads of magic damage from Gabbi‘s Ember Spirit, the Treant Protector by flysolo, and Rappy‘s Dark Seer, Faceless seals the deal on their Io pick with the Tiny pick for Black^ giving us the classic Io-Tiny combination that destroyed many lineups and towers back in its heyday. Although a bit defensive, Clutch was still forced into disastrous teamfigths by Faceless who greatly utilized the sustain from the Io in order to keep their cores alive even when peppered by AoE magic damage, and finally forced the final tap-out from the Pinoy team, eliminating them out of the Manila Masters 2-0.