Vici Gaming and CDEC Gaming are exiting the Shanghai Major race
The Shanghai Major lower bracket brawl of day one ended with two Chinese squads getting eliminated from the tournament.
Vici Gaming vs Virtus.Pro
The ones who received the first invite to the Shanghai Major, Vici Gaming, have lost the battle versus Virtus.Pro in their do or die lower bracket game, on the back of a very poorly executed late game draft versus a super aggressive one from VP.
Despite having a last pick Phantom Lancer on top of a Sven and Doom, VG couldn’t stop VP’s thirst for early fights and got seriously outplayed in teamfights. VP was in the lead from the early game through to the late stage and although the late game scenario was not favouring them at all, they kept the momentum on their side. They made perfect choices on when to contest Roshan and wiped VG twice in the pit to secure a one sided victory in less than 40 minutes.
While Vici Gaming is the first Chinese team to exit the Mercedes Benz Arena for good, Virtus.Pro will have to go through another best-of-one lower bracket game tomorrow, this time versus the loser of the OG - Team Secret upper bracket series.
CDEC Gaming vs Newbee
It was almost 02:00 am in China when the last game of day one started. The TI5 runners up, CDEC Gaming and the TI 4 Champions, Newbee had to go head to head to determine who will continue the Shanghai Major adventure on the Mercedes Benz Arena.
Although it was the last game of the day it was also one of the longest we've had so far in Shanghai. Newbee had quite a similar draft to VG but with a big difference that allowed them to fight on their terms. A Rubick pick for Wong 'ChuaN' Hock Chuan and a Batrider for Zhang 'Mu' Pan were the keys for good initiations and team fight control.
No big plays and no insane ganks were made until late in the game, both teams preferring to farm and avoid unnecessary risks. By the 25 minute marker only 10 kills were made across the map, with Newbee leading the score due to their better Flaming Lasso into Telekinesis combo.
The tempo of the game was dictated by the Roshan Spawn and the biggest engagements happened around his Pit. For sure the exhaustion had a lot to say for both teams, a couple of misplays happened, including a Gem of True Sight that hit the deck, being actually dropped by Mu a moment before he realised that he will die and tried to hide the gem in the trees but he did it so well that nobody ever tried to recover it, including Mu himself.
Only when the timer reached the 50 minute mark Newbee decided to make a full high ground commitment but CDEC Gaming put up one of their best team fights from the entire game and made Newbee reconsider their aggression for the next couple of minutes, waiting for the next Aegis-Cheese Roshan. Once those were secured they made a final effort and forced the issue with full confidence and managed to take down CDEC’s base after a 62 + minute long best-of-one game.
Round 3 - Best of 3
Round 5 - Best of 3
Round 6 - Best of 3
Best of 5
Shanghai Major main event Day Two schedule: