Challenger 1 – Day 1 Highlight

Pune Challenger, the first of the series of Challenger LAN finals, has kicked off extravagantly and Indian gamers have witnessed some of the best games in the history of esports, that also on the very first day.

Pune Challenger, the first of the series of Challenger LAN finals, has kicked off extravagantly and Indian gamers have witnessed some of the best games in the history of esports, that also on the very first day. While Team Brutality showed consistency as they cursed into the finals, Invisible Wings had both of their Dota 2 and CS:GO squad placed in the grand finals by the end of the day. Check out the highlight moments of the first day of ESL India Premiership Challenger 1.

Counter Strike: Global Offence –

As was announced earlier, CS:GO matches were accompanied by the face of Indian Esports commentary – Bleh – who analysed each one of the matches with utter details. The day started with some unexpected delays, that also with the highlight Quarter Final match of Team Brutality. They later on won the match quite easily with a 16-1 domination against the Kolkata squad, Team Goutfits. The next match, however kept the viewers quite intrigued, a 16-11 ending score line will definitely give you an idea of the intensity of the game. The old school Bhatia brothers showcased tremendous synchronization they have been famous of from the CS 1.6 days and eventually sailed SemperX to victory against yet another Kolkata squad – Dare2Dream.

The 3rd quarter final match will probably be remembered the most for the entire Challenger 1 event, but for all the wrong reasons. The match had to be restarted in numerous occasions with players reporting occasional lags and frame drops. Invisible Wings finally ended the misery for both the teams and audience with a 16-8 victory on the open qualifiers winner – WeBreakTeams. The last quarter finals went quite as predicted. Team Overcome was up against a fairly young and inexperienced squad – GoEasy. They grabbed a 16-4 smooth victory and entered the semi-final round against IW.

The Semi-finals,on the other hand, showcased the majority of quality gameplay for the day. SemperX did try to give some kind of fight to the Brutality squad, but eventually fell for silly misplays and ended up being knocked out with a score line of 16-8. For the 2nd semi-final Simar ‘psy’ Sethi stood out to his fame of being the best CS:GOplayer(as many would agree). He single handedly destroyed Team Overcomein thede_Train map and entered the best-of-3 finals, going to be held in the 2nd day of the two day event.

Dota 2

Dota 2 matches were however relatively smoother and ran into less interruptions. Results till the end of the day were quite expected as Beyond Infinity and Invisible Wings, being the top two teams in the scene maintained their dominance and thrashed each and every opponent on their way to the finals. Some of the relatively experienced teams gave some tough fight, like the Aggressive 5 and Team Accelerate squad. The grand finals will now showcase both the maestros of modern Indian Dota 2.

Hearthstone

Even though Hearthstone didn’t grab much attention throughout the first day of the event, we did witness some outstanding performance with innovative deck designs. Zoo, Shaman and Worrier were present in almost all the matches, especially the Aggro Shaman decks. XCaptainAwsome, considered as one of the top players in Indian Hearthstone community, stood out strong with his BogChamp Shaman and YoggSaron Druid decks, however he couldn’t make it to the finals as Abquake and Sankalp grabbed their own and are now pumping up till the hooter sounds.

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