Jan 08, 2019
MGB and iG.Vitality sprint to the playoffs
The first day of the China Winter Cup had a total of eight series spread between the two groups. With upsets on both groups, the meta of the tournament slowly takes shape for the upcoming days.
Group A's opening matches started with a close victory of Newbee and its 2 stand-ins against KG.L on the back of a last pick Anti-Mage, whilst iG.V overwhelmed CDEC with a solid laning stage and a 5-man death ball strategy with a front liner Tidehunter and Leshrac keeping pressure at all times.
In the winner's match, iG.V - the team that joined the event last minute due to Invictus Gaming issues - managed to pull of the upset of the day against a recently weak Newbee and their two stand-ins, securing their spot on the playoffs convincingly. The elimination match between KG.L and CDEC had Zhuang "xiaofu" Yongfu and his team convincingly winning the first match against the very greedy tri-core from CDEC of Void, Slark and Dark Seer. However, with almost similar drafts on game 2 and 3, CDEC's combination of Io, Gyro & Tiny proved too much for KG.L and they were the first team to be eliminated from the tournament.
Two of the favorite teams fought on one of the opening matches of Group B. Mr.Game Boy was able to overcome Team Root in a 23 minute match due to their strong laning presence and fast gameplay on the initial phases of the game. Whilst KG also did quick work of Newbee.Young with an impressive performance of Wang "old chicken" Zhiyong's Lone Druid.
The winner's match had another quick match from MGB, with Luo "Ferrari_430" Feichi's Timbersaw leading the team with his Hood of Defiance and and 21 stacks of Bloodstone at 20 minutes into the game. Whilst on the elimination match, Team Root pushes the underdog Newbee.Young out of the tournament after two quick matches on which Yang "END" Pu had complete free farm in both and became an unstoppable force.