Team Nigma Survives the Tiebreaker to Qualify For the WePlay AniMajor Group Stage
Two days of high-pressure matches and fierce competition in the WePlay AniMajor wild card have come to an end with Team Nigma showcasing a clinic of top-quality Dota 2 to beat Invictus Gaming in the all-important tiebreaker. This BO1 tiebreaker wins means that Team Nigma becomes the second team after Vici Gaming that keeps its Major hopes alive by progressing to the group stage. Unfortunately for Invictus Gaming, Team Secret, Execration, and AS Monaco Gambit, they get eliminated from the Major and have to go home empty-handed. As the group stage begins today, June 4, 2021, Team Nigma and Vici Gaming have even more Dota 2 to grind.
WePlay AniMajor wild card recap
There was a lot of talk about the wild card being a competition between the EU and China, with little hope from Execration and AS Monaco Gambit, but each team showed tremendous talent and Dota 2 gameplay execution.
Vici Gaming ended the wild card as the topper with two series wins and three draws. On the first day, they were greatly contested but on the second day, they manhandled Invictus Gaming and AS Monaco Gambit to take 2-0 wins. In addition to looking in sublime form, their players will be high on confidence after winning back-to-back series.
Team Nigma is certainly giving glimpses of its old self. KuroKy and his teammates appear to be an improved version of what they were in the second DPC season, with iLTW showing signs of consistency. Miracle-, GH, and MinD_ContRoL delivered MVP performances that they have become renowned for. Nigma plays the early game incredibly fast, making great rotations, and then leverages that momentum to win matches.
Invictus Gaming barely missed out on the group stage spot but the team was seemingly missing its position five player, Oli. Coach super was a superb stand-in but he seemingly did not have a very diverse hero pool. Overall, the team still looked strong with Emo and JT- delivering some game-changing performances.
The inconsistency in Team Secret’s play from the second DPC season continued with them not being able to take a single series win in the wild card. With four draws in five series, in the end, they didn’t seem comprehensive overall, but they did deliver some great performances as always. With a TI10 spot secured, Puppey and his teammates are not going to be bothered much.
Both AS Monaco Gambit and Execration put admirable performances in the wild card of the Major despite being relatively inexperienced squads. Some of their matches demonstrated their potential as they absolute smashed their opponents, but eventually, the other teams appeared to be in better shape and were the leading contenders for the top two slots.
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With Vici Gaming and Team Nigma moving on to the group stage, they join Team Liquid, beastcoast, Evil Geniuses, PSG.LGD, TNC Predator, and Team Spirit. The group stage, scheduled from June 4-7, 2021, will witness these eight teams clash for the remaining six playoff spots of the WePlay AniMajor.