Liquid still ideal at Beyond Epic’s Europe/CIS event
Team Liquid strengthened its hold on Group B in the Beyond Epic online event’s Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States region Saturday, handing FlyToMoon their very first loss of the competition and clinching a playoff spot in the process.
Playing the only Group B match of the day, Liquid swept FTM with 37- and 23-minute wins to improve to 4-0 with 10 points, clinching among the group’s 4 playoff berths. FTM fell to 2-1 and stay at six points, however still being in second location in the group.
The 12-team, $200,000 Dota 2 event features two groups of six teams playing single round-robins, with all matches best-of-three. Victories by a 2-0 margin are worth 3 standings points, with a 2-1 victory worth 2 points. Groups that lose 1-2 earn one point, while 0-2 losers make none.
The top two groups from each group will advance to the upper bracket of the double-elimination playoffs, which begin Thursday. The 3rd- and fourth-place teams from each group will advance to the lower bracket, with the bottom two groups from both groups removed. All playoff matches will be best-of-three till the best-of-five last on June 28.
Max “qojqva” Broecker was the dominant gamer for Liquid, acquiring a 9.5/ 2/5 kill-death-assist ratio in the 2 maps. Viktor “GeneRaL” Nigrini led FTM with a 4/3/5.5 KDA ratio.
In Saturday’s 2 Group A matches, Vikin.gg and OG each made fast work of B8 with sweeps. Vikin.gg (2-1, seven points) needed less than an hour, while OG (3-0, 7 points) won the second map in 29 minutes after requiring 42 minutes to win the opener. B8 was up to 1-3 with three points.
Miroslav “BOOM” Bican and Indji “Shad” Lub each led Vikin.gg with 23 total eliminates in the match, BOOM registering an 11.5/.5/ 11 KDA ratio and Shad posting an 11.5/ 1.5/ 12.5. For OG, Sumail “SumaiL” Hassan signed up a 20.5/ 2/13 KDA ratio in a dominant showing.
Arets “Crystallis” Remco published a 5.5/ 6/6.5 KDA ratio over the 2 matches for B8.
Beyond Impressive – Europe/CIS standings (record, map record, points):.