CDEC Gaming fall as Invictus Gaming march on at ESL One Birmingham Online: China
ESL One Birmingham Online: China had its first lower bracket
elimination series come to an end earlier today as CDEC Gaming and Invictus
Gaming fought for a spot against Royal Never Give Up tomorrow.
After an unbeaten group stage run, dropping only a single
game through the early parts of the event, even securing an easy 2-0 victory
over Invictus Gaming, CDEC were dropped into the lower bracket by a strong RNG
squad. However, now iG would have a shot at revenge as both teams were playing
for a spot in the lower bracket finals and a chance at reaching the grand
finals if they could survive elimination.
iG went into the
first game of the series looking like the better team, although on paper it was
CDEC who technically should have been coming out on top. When iG begun to pull ahead
near the 20-minute mark, CDEC pounced to secure a RAMPAGE for Guo ‘Xm’
Hongcheng’s Templar Assassin.
Unfortunately, this was the only real high point in the
game, as constant pickoffs by iG after this moment ensured that they would
claim the first game of the series and leave CDEC with everything to play for. With
their advantage, iG made sure that they would not get caught out like they had
in the previous game, controlling the entire map and forcing massive mistakes
from CDEC – which all culminated with Zhou ‘James’ Yifu throwing Xm’s Troll
Warlord into the waiting arms of his opponents.
With that, iG secured revenge for their group stage defeat with
a 2-0 victory, pushing them into the lower bracket finals where they will meet
RNG tomorrow. For CDEC, their ESL One Birmingham Online event ends in fourth
place as they will look to do better in future events. Tomorrow’s lower bracket
final victor will get to face PSG.LGD who are already awaiting in the grand
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