ESL One Katowice 2018: EG knocked out Newbee; Team Liquid end Secret’s Run
In a surprising turn of events, the ESL One Katowice Major 2018 group stage concluded on a high note as EG came out of the blue to defeat Newbee in an astonishing two-game match that lasted for a total of 37 minutes.
Dota 2 is a game full of surprises and upsets. And this was the case at this year’s Katowice Major where even the best of teams have stumbled to the ground, thanks to some extraordinary play from the underdogs.
The group stage was in full swing with some intense matchups which saw the early exit of Na`Vi, LGD, Mineski, and Complexity. Yesterday, was the last day for the group matches and the last match was the expected nail-biter between Newbee and EG. Both teams have faced off each other in some of the most exciting matches in the past.
Coming into Game 1 of the series, Newbee drafted around their core Ursa and Terrorblade while EG went for a core Enigma and Gyrocopter AOE combo. EG had the early game advantage. Newbee didn’t get the time to come online either could they hold it to extend the game.
Having all the necessary items on the core along with an overfarmed Enigma, EG took the game in a convincing manner in just 20 minutes.
In Game 2, it was another team fight lineup, with a late game core Terrorblade for Arteezy. But Newbee failed to take advantage, and timely combos from EG got the better of Newbee, and it took 17 minutes only for them to call GG.
Meanwhile, there was the playoffs match between Team Secret and Liquid which was another tough one. Team Liquid, although reached the playoffs through the lower bracket, was confident enough to take down Team Secret and defeated them 2-0 with ease.
With the match, the run for Team Secret has come to an end. Team Liquid have made their way to the semifinals where they will face Vici Gaming while EG has set their match with Virtus.pro.
Tell us which team are you root for in the playoffs? Do you think EG has got it all to take over VP or if VG can edge past Liquid in the semis? Let us know in the comment section below.