Team Nigma edged Vikin.gg 2-1 on Thursday to declare very first place in Group A of the Beyond Impressive online event’s Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States area.

Nigma (2-1, 6 points) leapt in front of Vikin.gg (1-1, four points). B8 (1-0, three points) produced a 2-0 victory over Group Special (0-3, no points) to take 2nd location in Group A.

In the lone Group B match of the day, Alliance (1-2, 3 points) earned a 2-0 win over Ninjas in Pyjamas (1-3, four points). The group’s leading club, Team Liquid (3-0, seven points) had the day off.

The 12-team, $200,000 Dota 2 event features two groups of 6 groups playing single round-robins, with all matches best-of-three. Triumphes by a 2-0 margin deserve 3 standings points, with a 2-1 success worth 2 points. Teams that lose 1-2 earn one point, while 0-2 losers make none.

The leading 2 teams from each group will advance to the upper bracket of the double-elimination playoffs, which start June 25. The third- and fourth-place teams from each group will advance to the lower bracket, with the bottom two groups from both groups gotten rid of. All playoff matches will be best-of-three until the best-of-five final on June 28.

On Thursday, Nigma took the opening video game in 28 minutes before Vikin.gg responded with a 34-minute triumph. The decisive video game went to Nigma in 65 minutes.

Jordan’s Amer “Wonder-” Al-Barkawi had a 9.3/ 5.7/ 10.7 kill-death-assist ratio for Nigma, and teammate Ivan Borislavov “MinD_ContRoL” Ivanov of Bulgaria completed at 8.7/ 4.3/ 11.0. Vikin.gg’s Miroslav “BooM” Bican of the Czech Republic had an 8.7/ 3.0/ 7.7 KDA ratio.

Alliance surpassed NiP in 40 minutes and 43 minutes, led by Bulgaria’s Nikolay “Nikobaby” Nikolov with an 11.5/ 2.5/ 12.5 KDA ratio. The Czech Republic’s Ondrej “Supream ^” Starha posted an 8/5/10 KDA ratio for Ninjas in Pyjamas.

B8 required 53 and 35 minutes to dispatch Distinct. The Netherlands’ Arets “Crystallis” Remco posted a team-best 11/2/14 KDA ratio for B8 while Russia’a Stanislav “633” Glushan wound up at 6.0/ 5.5/ 10.5 for Distinct.

Action continues Friday with 3 matches:

— Alliance vs. FlyToMoon

— Group Distinct vs. OG

— B8 vs. Team Nigma

Beyond Epic – Europe/CIS standings (record, map record, points):.

Group A.

1. Group Nigma, 2-1, 5-3, 6.

2. Vikin.gg, 1-1, 3-2, 4.

3. B8, 1-0, 2-0, 3.

4. OG, 1-0, 2-1, 2.

T5. Group Trick, 0-0, 0-0, 0.

T5. Group Unique, 0-3, 0-6, 0.

Group B.

1. Team Liquid, 3-0, 6-2, 7.

T2. Group Empire, 1-2, 3-4, 4.

T2. Ninjas in Pyjamas, 1-3, 3-6, 4.

T4. FlyToMoon, 1-0, 2-0, 3.

T4. Alliance, 1-2, 2-4, 3.

6. Virtus.pro, 0-0, 0-0, 0.