The first day of the Nanyang LAN playoffs has come to an end. Digital Chaos have been eliminated, while Team Secret and ViCi Gaming remain alive and well in the Upper Brackets. CDEC, LGD, EHOME, Virtus.Pro and Team Liquid will need to continue to fight for survival in the best-of-one Lower Bracket series. The action resumes in Singapore tomorrow, at 05:00 CET, with the Lower Bracket game between student and teacher, CDEC and LGD.
The first day of the Nanyang LAN playoffs began with the Upper Bracket series between Team Secret and Virtus.Pro. Team Secret has been on fire lately and Virtus.Pro is now the latest victim in their path. VP fell to Secret in a 0:2 sweep that knocked the CIS team to the Lower Brackets.
The next series pitted two Chinese teams against each other. ViCi Gaming showed incredible team play, coordination and individual skills that have been lacking in their group stage performances. They easily swept through EHOME, 2:0, and continued their advancement in the Upper Brackets to face Team Secret tomorrow.
The last game of the day was the first of the best-of-one death elimination matches. Digital Chaos, who arrived at the event as a replacement for Cloud 9, were eliminated by Team Liquid. The European team managed to remain in the event for another shot in the Lower Brackets tomorrow, when they will go up against Virtus.Pro.
Nanyang LAN playoffs
The playoffs stage is played in a double elimination bracket format. The first two rounds of the Lower Brackets are brutal best-of-one series and all the other matches, apart from the Grand Finals, are best-of-three series. The Grand Finals will be played as best-of-five series with no Upper Bracket advantage.
Nanyang LAN brackets
Nanyang LAN results
Nanyang LAN results: Playoffs, Upper Brackets, day 1
Virtus.Pro 0:2 Team Secret
Virtus.Pro started off doing well in the first game of the series, with a lead in the laning phase. However, as the mid game approached, Team Secret started to come online and ended up completely dominating Virtus.Pro, taking kills and objectives at an incredible pace. With a perfect game by Omar “w33” Aliwi on Wind Ranger and an overwhelmingly farmed Gyropcopter, Team Secret ended the game in 33 minutes, with a score of 31:7.
The second game was equally as one-sided in Secret’s favor. A phenomenal game by Jacky “EternaLEnVy” Mao, on Gyrocopter once again, gave Secret an over 42K gold advantage by the end of the game.
- Nanyang LAN results: Team Secret have advanced in the Upper Brackets, after knocking Virtus.Pro to the Lower Brackets.
EHOME 0:2 ViCi Gaming
ViCi Gaming grabbed the first three kills in an aggressive and exciting start to the first game of the series. EHOME weren’t ready to give up so easily and quickly answered back with their own aggression. A perfect dive from EHOME’s Phoenix resulted in a three-man Supernova, turning around one of ViCi Gaming’s gank attempts. It was not enough for EHOME to secure the win, however, and ViCi Gaming claimed the first game.
The second game of the series was more back and forth in the early game, before ViCi Gaming managed to take the lead. Fantastic performances by Xu “BurNIng” Zhilei and Xie “Super” Junhao made VG unstoppable and too strong for EHOME to do much against. ViCi Gaming were able to take the second game without much difficulty.
- Nanyang LAN results: ViCi Gaming have advanced in the Upper Brackets to face Team Secret, while EHOME have dropped to the Lower Brackets.
Nanyang LAN results: Playoffs, Lower Brackets, day 1
Team Liquid 1:0 Digital Chaos
The best-of-one elimination game started out in favor of Team Liquid, who would eventually take the entire game. The match had a few ups and downs for the European team, but primarily they were able to remain in control with their farming and team fight heroes. They had some great clutch heroes to help them survive and were able to run ahead with their advantage.
- Nanyang LAN results: Team Liquid have advanced in the Lower Brackets, after eliminating Digital Chaos from the tournament.
Nanyang LAN playoffs, day 2 schedule
Lower Brackets, best-of-one
- LGD vs. CDEC, October 29th, 05:00 CET
- Virtus.Pro vs. Team Liquid, October 29th, 07:00 CET
- EHOME vs. TBD, October 29th, 09:00 CET
Upper Brackets, best-of-three
- Team Secret vs. ViCi Gaming, October 29th, 11:00 CET