Day 4 of the Kuala Lumpur Major Playoffs featured only two matches which concluded all the games before the start of the Main Event on 16th November. Both the matches were Lower Bracket BO3s.
TNC Predator vs Vici Gaming
First series of the day was TNC Predator vs Vici Gaming. We are in the middle of the playoffs right now and we can see that the tournament is creating its own meta as it happens with every major tournament. Heroes like Lycan are coming back because Arc Warden is becoming a very dangerous pick at this Major. We are also seeing many Shaman picks, the most notable being core Shaman by Kuku. In game 1, VG picked up an Arc Warden for Paparazi and TNC picked up Lycan for Gabbi to counter it. Lycan proved himself to be quite strong against Arc Warden, getting multiple kills on him in the game but it was all for naught as Ori on the Ember Spirit completely dominated the game. He finished with a score of 16-1-20, taking control of the game and carrying his team all by himself. Vici ended the game by 47 min on the back of Ori’s Ember.
After losing with Lycan, Game 2 was Gabbi’s time for revenge. TNC banned Arc Warden and picked Spectre for Gabbi. Although he lost the lane, he came back online after finishing up his radiance at 19 minutes. He completely took over the game with the help of Kuku’s Earthshaker. Kuku landed a lot of game winning echo slams and providing a lot of disable while Gabbi finished the heroes off with his high damage output. TNC won game 2.
Game 3 was intense. TNC picked up the infamous core Shaman for Kuku and he went for the Blink Dagger and BKB build again. This was really perfect as he was providing long time reliable disable for Armel’s TA to pick-off heroes throughout the match. Although TNC picked up a huge lead in the midgame, VG managed to hold their racks 2 times in a row, giving them some hope to turn the game around. Sadly, this was not the case as the game extended up to 52 minutes but TNC managed to find a really good teamfight, killing 4 of VG’s heroes and forcing the base push. VG had to call out the GG and were eliminated from the Major.
EG vs Fnatic
The second and final series of the day was EG vs Fnatic. In game 1, EG got their Arc Warden pick for Arteezy and he farmed like a beast, making a lot of plays throughout the game. Fnatic was dominating in the mid-game though with MP getting a lot of kills on his Tiny. They even managed to push the mid-lane of racks. But soon after, Arteezy almost got 6 slotted and started melting heroes. They got one good teamfight, and went straight for the throne, forcing the GG out of Fnatic. I am expecting teams to first phase ban Arc Warden for the rest of the tournament now, atleast against EG.
Game 2 was a similar story. Arteezy played like an absolute beast, but this time on Terrorblade. The game was almost even until 30 minutes, with EG only having a 1k lead but by 41 minutes, it became a 16k lead. Arteezy was 6 slotted and they took down Roshan really fast. EG just ended the game out of that one Aegis, taking down all 3 lanes of racks because Arteezy was completely unstoppable at this point. He finished with a score 16-2-22 and eliminated Fnatic from the Major.