OG did what was expected of them by defeating Team NP 2-1 in a closely contested battle. This propels OG into the winner’s bracket and drops Team NP to the lower bracket.
Game 1 was a stomp as OG took it with ease. With a failed draft in Game 2, OG couldn’t find the openings they wanted as they lost the match. Game 3 started with NP in the lead but eventually, OG found their footing and turned the match into their favor.
EternalEnvy was given the solo lane as the Lycan, thinking that he can go against a Dark Seer. But, that idea went awry as OG drew first blood by killing him. Without any lockdown for Ana’s Ember Spirit, NP couldn’t win a single team fight.
Two team fights in succession saw three heroes get wiped off the map for NP. After failing to establish a strong laning phase, NP couldn’t recover as OG took game one of the Bo3 series.
There was a clear lack of insight from OG in game 2 as they couldn’t find a way to lock the Weaver down while the Puck dominated Templar Assassin in the mid lane. FATA took a considerable lead in the first 10 minutes with 65 last hits and 24 denies compared to Ana’s 46 last hits and 8 denies.
EternalEnvy’s Weaver was harassed too much in the lane which forced him to complete his items a little bit late. But, it was FATA who ran the show on his Puck as he finished the game with a record of 15/3/15.
Ana and Fly were particularly disappointing as they never found their footing in the game.
NP made a big mistake as they presented Ana with the Storm Spirit as he died 4 times during the laning phase but recovered very well to rip the whole NP team apart. Despite having more number of kills, NP couldn’t stop Ana from farming in the jungle.
Ana’s play today reminded everyone of Sumail’s Storm Spirit at DAC 2015. Ana died 4 times in the first 15 minutes, thanks to NP’s amazing rotations. Therefore, his Orchid came a little late into the game at 25 minutes.
The highlight of the game was Ana’s TP ball lightning in which he killed EternalEnvy’s Mirana. You can watch the clip below.
Despite OG claiming Mega Creeps in the late game, NP didn’t give up as they fought until their last breath. Their plans of defending the ancient were cut short by OG as they claimed game three to advance to the semifinals of the winner’s bracket.
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