ESL One Los Angeles Online had reached its final day of
group stage action for all regions except Europe/CIS and for China, it meant
that two teams would be eliminated from the event.
Having performed well in recent times, in non-Dota 2 Pro
Circuit events, PSG.LGD finally seemed to be back to their old form, even after
roster changes and position swaps within the team. However, the team required a
victory over the bottom-of-the-group Invictus Gaming to give themselves a chance
at reaching the playoffs of ESL One LA Online. For iG, the event was already
over with no recorded wins prior to this series and they definitely went in as
Game one of the series remained relatively even for most of the early game period, with both teams swapping between having a slight net worth lead – but it was iG who were the ones who would come out ahead when the flood gates opened, thanks to an amazing Morphling from Zhou ‘Emo’ Yi. With their first victory for the event, iG suddenly were a threat to PSG.LGD and things went from bad to worse for The International 2018 runner’s up. iG were relentless, even though they had no playoff prospects to fight for, securing a 21-minute game two and the series 2-0 – this time with an unkillable Thiay ‘JT’ Jun Wen Meepo to carry them to victory.
With that, both PSG.LGD and Invictus Gaming bow out of the
ESL One Los Angeles Online event, leaving the top four teams to fight in the
region’s playoffs. While there is still one more game to be played in the China
group stages, only seeding will matter – while in Southeast Asia, a battle to
avoid elimination continues between Fnatic and Geek Fam before North and South
America begin their final day of group stages.
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