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VGJ.Thunder and EG upsets to head to PGL Bucharest playoffs

Posted by Cristy "Pandoradota2" Ramadani at 06 March 2018 17:30

VGJ.Thunder and Evil Geniuses are the first teams to secure a spot in the PGL Bucharest Major playoffs. 

Undefeated and with the three necessary wins in the Swiss style group stage format, VGJ.Thunder and Evil Geniuses shocked fans around the world as the first two teams to secure their place in the PGL Bucharest playoffs. 

TnC vs VGJ.Thunder

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VGJ.Thunder lineup

The Radiant

Fade. Night Stalker Night Stalker
Sylar Death Prophet Death Prophet
ddc Jakiro Jakiro
Yang.cn Underlord Underlord
Kamma Gyrocopter Gyrocopter
Bans:
Tusk Nyx Assassin Razor Terrorblade Shadow Fiend Tinker
TnC lineup

The Dire

Naga Siren Naga Siren TIMS
Puck Puck Armel
Witch Doctor Witch Doctor KuKU-QQ
Juggernaut Juggernaut Raven.
Sand King Sand King Sam_H
Bans:
Omniknight Lycan Disruptor Rubick Batrider Medusa

VGJ.Thunder have arrived in Romania in top form and impressed fans and opponents. After first taking down ViCi Gaming in the first round, they then trampled on Team Secret in the second round. In the third round, VGJ.Thunder was on the edge of losing their streak as they faced off against TNC in a very hard fought and possibly one of the most exciting games of the event so far. 

Heading against a split push by Naga Siren and Juggernaut, VGJ.Thunder was starting to get chocked out. Holding their ground strong, the Chinese team refused to give up, continuously repelling the siege in their base by TnC who was mover than 20k gold ahead. As the time ticked away, TnC went into the Roshan pit around 50 minutes in and with a hail mary play, VGJ.Thunder moved in to contest it. An incredibly favorable fight then turned into a string of positive events with VGJ.Thunder gaining momentum and strength. A clutch play involving a lotus orb and gyrocopter really turned things around as VGJ.Thunder continued to fight their way in the last 20-25 minutes of the match and turned the game on its head. An astounding 20k comeback was realized by perseverance, quick reflexes and level-headed decision making under pressure. 

VGJ.Thunder secured their place in the playoffs and TnC will move into the high group with a 2:1 record for another one (or two) rounds of best-of-one series. 

Evil Geniuses vs Newbee

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Evil Geniuses lineup

The Radiant

Cr1t- Rubick Rubick
MiSeRy- Nature's Prophet Nature's Prophet
Fear Viper Viper
SumaiL Pugna Pugna
Arteezy Lifestealer Lifestealer
Bans:
Gyrocopter Underlord Naga Siren Ancient Apparition Batrider Lycan
Newbee lineup

The Dire

Omniknight Omniknight kpii
Sand King Sand King KAKA
Witch Doctor Witch Doctor Faith
Dragon Knight Dragon Knight Sccc
Tiny Tiny Moogy
Bans:
Beastmaster Chen Razor Morphling Death Prophet Enigma

Evil Geniuses started their journey taking down the Brazilian neighbors, PaiN Gaming. They then upset Team Liquid with a very solid performance before setting their sights on Newbee

An incredibly quick paced game with Evil Geniuses setting the tempo and controlling the map was a stark contrast to the previous high group series between VGJ.Thunder and TnC. Newbee never really seemed to be able to find their footing and in only 23 minutes the Chinese titans didn't believe they could do much against the EG lineup and tapped out. 

EG can relax now as they secured their place in the playoffs and Newbee will move into the high group with a 2:1 record hoping to keep this as their only loss in the group stage. 

Remaining PGL Bucharest Major Group Stage Format:
 

Third round

  • Division into 3 groups:
  • Teams with a score of 2:0 ("high")
  • Teams with a score of 1:1 ("mid")
  • Teams with a score of 0:2 ("low")
  • Each team is drawn an opponent they have not played yet from their group
  • Winners of the high group advance to playoffs
  • Losers of the low group are eliminated

Fourth round

  • Division into 2 groups:
  • Teams with a score of 2:1 ("high")
  • Teams with a score of 1:2 ("low")
  • Each team is drawn an opponent they have not played yet from their group
  • Winners of the high group advance to playoffs
  • Losers of the low group are eliminated

Fifth round

  • Each team is drawn an opponent they have not played yet from their group
  • Winners advance to playoffs
  • Losers are eliminated
     

 

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