Closing out the first day of the Weplay! Pushka League playoffs
would be a monumental battle between Virtus.pro and Team Liquid – with the losing
squad having to fight for their tournament lives tomorrow.
After two losses in their first two series, Team Liquid
seemed to suddenly find their footing, something we had not seen from in quite some
time, as they managed to beat Team Secret, Nigma, OG and OG.Seed in their next
four series of the group stages at WePlay! Pushka League. The team seemed
almost unstoppable at times and going into their first playoff series, things
would remain as difficult for them with Virtus.pro being their opponent. Fresh
off their ESL One Los Angeles Online victory, VP had some struggles in the
group stages, but when it came down to it, they pushed through and looked to
add another tournament to their tally.
As expected from these two giants who were looking to return
to their best possible form, the first game was an extremely intense brawl. While
Liquid controlled nearly everything across the board, pulling away with a
sizeable net worth lead – but VP’s refusal to give up begun to pay off as Igor ‘ILTW’
Filatov’s Terrorblade found some much needed farm. But Liquid were more than
equal to the challenge, fighting into a Divine Rapier and still managing to
claim the victory.
With their advantage, Liquid were now in their stride as they completely pummeled the VP lineup, never letting the CIS squad even think about finding decent positions for team fights. VP were only able to muster a total of nine kills through the game and were never in contention of tying the series as they dropped to the lower bracket.
WePlay! Pushka League returns tomorrow with Natus Vincere
taking on Team Secret before we see who becomes the first team eliminated from
the event as VP will fight HellRaisers.
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