Team Liquid rises to upper bracket of EPICENTER playoffs
The first day of the EPICENTER group stages finished in Group A with Team Liquid at the top of the ladder.
The eight teams that made it to the main event of EPICENTER have been split into two groups of four, and are playing in a GSL-style group stage to determine the seeds for the double elimination playoff bracket. The top two teams from each group will advance into the upper bracket, leaving the bottom teams to fight in a do or die series.
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OG, Alliance, Team Liquid, and compLexity Gaming have been drawn in Group A. The main favorites in the group, Team Liquid, won both of their day one encounters, netting them a guaranteed upper bracket seed for the playoffs. They will also have an extra rest day as the playoffs are set to start on May 13th.
Alliance, OG, and coL, on the other hand, will continue to fight for second place in Group A. OG started day one with a strong performance against the Swedes from Alliance, taking game one on the back of a last pick Huskar for Amer 'Miracle-' al-Barqawi. A Drow Ranger paired with Dragon Knight for game two took the series 2-0.
They took Liquid by surprise with their flexibility, winning the first game of the match with a Miracle Invoker. One game away from winning the group, OG tried the Drow- Dragon Knight combo versus Kuro 'KuroKy' Salehi Takhasomi’s team, but Liquid was well prepared for that and countered them with a Mid Alchemist and Jesse 'JerAx' Vainikka's signature Earth Spirit to tie the series. Game three featured Miracle back on his Invoker, but Liquid got their hands on Earth Spirit once more and pushed OG with Death Prophet and Lone Druid to secure the first place finish in Group A.
CompLexity and Alliance have yet to win a series, and will face each other in the opening match of day two. The loser will be sent to the lower bracket playoffs, and the winner will play OG for second place.