Team Liquid and Gaimin Gladiators stood on top of their respective groups after the second day of the Lima Major at the Arena 1 in Peru.
Both teams, who finished 1-2 in the Dota Pro Circuit Western Europe Division I, swept their respective assignments to grab solo first spots and stamp WEU’s dominance in the Dota 2’s first major event of the year.
Gaimin Gladiators currently sits at the top of Group A with a 3-1-0 standing while Team Liquid took the early lead in Group B after also improving its slate to 3-1-0.
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Team Liquid opened the second day with a 2-0 sweep of the Knights as Samuel “Boxi” Svahn’s position four Tiny made calculated plays from across the map and helped Team Liquid score crucial pickoffs that allowed them to take a 19-10 Game One win over the Chinese squad. He finished with a team-high 12 assists along with three kills and four deaths.
Aydin “iNSaNiA” Sarkohi then showed up in Game Two and powered a dominant 37-8 Game Two triumph through his impressive Treant Protector plays. He scored a game-high 23 assists along with a kill and a death while Michael “miCKe” Vu led the offense with 10 kills and 13 assists against two deaths.
Taking over against Entity was mid laner Michał “Nisha” Jankowski, who powered the team to another 2-0 victory to end the day.
Nisha was perfect on Pangolier in the 29-10 Game One victory, registering nine kills and 14 assists without a single death before posting a 10-3-12 line on Batrider in the tight 25-21 Game Two win to seal the sweep.
On the other hand, Gaimin Gladiators swept both EHOME and defending The International champion Tundra Esports to cap off the second day.
Quinn “Quinn” Callahan proved that he’s the perfect fit to play the middle lane for the Gaimin Gladiators as he stepped up against EHOME. The former Quincy Crew standout tallied a clean 13-0-8 KDA line on Timbersaw in Game One before finishing with a 4-0-4 line on Batrider in Game Two.
A different set of heroes stepped up for Gaimin Gladiators against the reigning world champion.
Marcus “Ace” Christensen’s Nature Prophet scored nine kills and 10 assists against two deaths to led the Game One decimation of Tundra Esports before Anton “dyrachyo” Shkredov took the reins in the Game Two win and tallied 15 kills, three deaths, and four assists.
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