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Peruvian Squad Leads Singapore Major Group Stage, Alliance Eliminated

Day 4 of the Dota Pro Circuit’s Singapore Major has ended with two jam-packed days of group stage matches. Finishing in last place, Alliance’s run in the DPC 2021 Singapore Major has come to an end. Alliance drew its series against Team Liquid where a win would’ve forced a three-way tiebreaker with Team Aste and Neon Esports (OB Exports x Neon).

Courtesy of ONE Esports

On the flip side, South American powerhouse Thunder Predator (TP) stole the show on both the days of the group stage matches. They won all six of their matches on the first day, beating Liquid, Quincy Crew and Team Aster without breaking much of a sweat. On Day 2, they lost only two games to Neon Esports and Vici Gaming (VG), drawing both series.

The Peruvian stack smashed all expectations, and smothered all doubts about the erstwhile under-represented South American region, dominating formidable teams across the board. The SA region has often been mocked and ignored, and its DPC slot allocation questioned, but TP has silenced all doubters with recent performances.

Team Liquid played sloppily in comparison to its Wild Card matches, but the games were entertaining as ever. The almost 500-game long historical rivalry of Vici Gaming and PSG.LGD was evident in their matches against each other, both of which lasted a nice 31-minutes each. PSG.LGD finished second in the group stage with Vici hot on its heels with just one more drawn series than LGD.

Thunder Predator, PSG.LGD and Vici Gaming have made it to the Upper Bracket of the Singapore Major Playoffs.

Quincy Crew (QC) had a stronger-than-expected showing. Its recent substitute, Wilson “Poloson” Koh Chin Wei, outperformed expectations too, giving QC a headstrong start going into the lower bracket playoffs. Even though they were the last two teams to qualify to the lower bracket of the playoffs, Team Aster and Neon Esports had a rugged start. They drew their first match against each other. Team Aster won the series against Alliance while managing to snag a surprise win in the series against LSG.LGD. Neon Esports won its series against Liquid and snatched a surprise win against Thunder Predator to keep hopes alive.

Quincy Crew, Team Liquid, Team Aster and Neon Esports will proceed to the lower bracket of the playoffs.

Alliance will no longer be playing in the Singapore Major. It had a poor showing with a few good performances in between against VG, QC and PSG.LGD, but couldn’t do enough to keep the Singapore Major dreams alive.

Group Stage Standings:

TeamSeries (W-D-L)Matches (W-L)Seeding
1.Thunder Predator5-2-012-2Upper Bracket
2.PSG.LGD3-3-19-5Upper Bracket
3.Vici Gaming2-4-18-6Upper Bracket
4.Quincy Crew2-3-27-7Lower Bracket
5.Team Liquid1-4-26-8Lower Bracket
6.Team Aster1-3-35-9Lower Bracket
7.Neon Esports1-3-35-9Lower Bracket
8.Alliance0-4-34-10Eliminated

The Playoffs start at 10:00 AM SGT (UTC +8) on Wednesday, March 31. The first Upper Bracket match is between Evil Geniuses and Fnatic. The loser of this series will face Neon Esports in the lower bracket elimination match. You can watch the matches on ONE Esports’ official Twitch channel.

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