Talon, RSG Make Mark in Division 1 as Fnatic and Boom Survive Debuts

Jul 4, 2022

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As teams make their final push to The International 2022, the DOTA 2 Pro Circuit Southeast Asia Tour III Division One is shaping up to be incredibly competitive. Since February 2021, the first season of the new DPC system, Division One has had a full week of 2 to 1 series. Talon defeated Polaris with a final score of 2 to 1 to kick off the new season. Talon dominated game one, controlling the new-look Polaris and finishing the game in 37 minutes and 30 seconds with a 31 to 14 kill score.

In Game 2, Polaris would repay the favor with a solid performance of their own, winning 35 to 18 kills in just over 42 minutes. Talon, on the other hand, would have the last hurrah, winning the final in just over half an hour with a whopping 33 to 13 kill score. With 11/1/14 KDA (Kills/Deaths/Assists),  Talon midlaner Mikoto led his team, while 23 Savage, a Medusa carry, was unstoppable with 9/0/13 KDA.

RSG, another Division I rookie, made an impression with a 2 to 1 victory over T1. In Game 1, RSG’s Keeper of the Light and Bloodseeker team survived T1’s damage and won in 58 minutes. On the KOTL, midlaner Ng “xsilearn” Anwei had 11/2/26 KDA, guaranteeing that carry Wong “mks” Sim An’s Bloodseeker would not be caught off guard in any T1 team fight.

In Game 2, T1 switched to a more aggressive pushing strategy. Marci was constantly on RSG’s heroes, thanks to Matthew “Whitemon ” Filemon. mid laner Karl “Karl” Matthew Baldovino’s Ember Spirit and Kim “Gabbi” Villafuerte Santos’ Dragon Knight are mobile enough to catch up for the pick-off, while she lands her Rebound and Dispose combinations. Karl had a KDA of 16/2/15, while Gabbi earned a KDA of 10/2/12.

In the decider, though, it was RSG who came out on top, winning in under 33 minutes after punishing T1’s overaggressions. Carry mks had 9/1/12 on the Terrorblade, while midlaner xsilearn had 11/4/7 on his Leshrac. Meanwhile, offlaner Lee “Xiaoyu ” Qian Yu was on his Pangolier with 8/1/13, locating key crowd controls on T1’s offlane Enigma to deny the comeback Backhoe opportunity.

Earlier in the week, Boom defeated Team SMG with a score of 2 to 1 in their first match, and Fnatic defeated Nigma Galaxy SEA in a reverse sweep on Thursday. On Saturday, Nigma SEA responded with a reversal of fortunes versus Polaris Esports.

On Saturday, June 18, Boom Esports will face Talon Esports, while Fnatic will face RSG.

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