AS IT HAPPENED: 2016 MASTERS DAY 1 HIGHLIGHTS

The 2016 Masters of the ESL India Premiership started off with a bang and as the day progressed it only got better. 8 teams of the best DOTA 2 talent in India and the neighbouring countries assembled to make the grand finale even grander. Here are the highlights of DAY 1 of the 2016 Masters.

The 2016 Masters of the ESL India Premiership started off with a bang and as the day progressed it only got better. 8 teams of the best DOTA 2 talent in India and the neighbouring countries assembled to make the grand finale even grander. Here are the highlights of DAY 1 of the 2016 Masters.

The 2016 Masters follows the Double Elimination pattern and the upper brackets in this tournament are Best of One Matches. The winners proceed to the next round, whereas the losers are relegated to the Lower bracket. Note that the Winner’s Finals as well as the Grand Finals are going to be Best of 3.

MATCH 1 – BEYOND INFITY vs 4MERICAL

Match 1 took place between crowd favourites, Beyond Infinity and Nepali dark horses, 4Merical. In this Best of 1 match, Beyond Infinity eased past a poor 4Merical side to surge ahead in the 2016 Masters. Despite 4Merical drafting a thoughtful late-game draft it did not rescue them from the chaos Beyond Infinity released upon them. Swifty’s Invoker was coupled with smart plays initiated by ZeddisBugg wreaked utter havoc upon the visitors. 4Merical was relegated to the Loser’s Bracket, while BI proceeded to the Semis.

MATCH 2 – ORAM PO vs INSTINCT.CIRCLE GAMING

Match 2 occurred between arch-rivals Oram Po and Instinct.Circle Gaming. A few errors by ICG in the drafting phase cost them the match. Oram Po picked Lifestealer, OD, Slardar, Omni Knight and Oracle, thus making them a tough nut to crack. As the game proceeded to the middle phase, ICG found it very hard to get rid of Oram Po’s heroes. Successful team fights and Roshan kills ensured that Oram Po walked to the next round without any hitches.

MATCH 3 – STANDIN 5 vs INVISIBLE WINGS

Even though Standin 5 managed to pick the Luna-Shadow Demon combo, it was not enough to ensure their safety from the surprise Invisible Wings had up its sleeve. The game was over within 20 minutes, even before Standin 5 realised what had hit them. IW’s Archmage, had the last laugh after his stellar performance with OD almost single-handedly routed the opposition.

MATCH 4 – THE COUNCIL vs 3C4DA

Entering the 2016 Masters fresh after their Challenger 2 win, The Council were wary to extend their win. The team overpowered their opponents, 3C4DA to proceed to the Semis. Both of 3C4DA’s carries failed to perform. Even though there was brief hope with 3CY’s Drow Ranger, The Council’s Animal steadily demolished them with his impressive initiations.

ROUND 1 - WINNERS BRACKETS

The winner brackets are Best of One games, the winners in these brackets proceed to the next round, whereas the losers fall to the Loser’s Brackets.

MATCH 1 – BEYOND INFINITY vs ORAM PO

This match was a walk in the park for Beyond Infinty, as they had not trouble getting rid of Oram Po. The team skilfully cut off Oram Po’s lanes and quickly ended the game in a mere 25 minutes. Oram Po were unfortunately pushed into the loser’s brackets, while Beyond Infinity inched closer to the 2016 Masters trophy.

MATCH 2 – THE COUNCIL vs INVISIBLE WINGS

This Match witnessed two heavyweights and crowd favourites, however The Council took this opportunity to display why they are a force to reckon with. ‘J1n’s Chen wrecked chaos unto the opposing team and before Invisible Wings realised what hit them, they were relegated to the Loser Brackets. The Council now face Beyond Infinity in the Winner’s Finals while Invisible Wings have another chance to make it to the Grand Finals.

ROUND 1 - LOSER BRACKETS

The loser brackets are Best of Three games, the winners in these brackets get to keep their championship campaign alive while the losers are eliminated from the tournament.

MATCH 1 – 4MERICAL VS INSTINCT.CIRCLE GAMING

Even though 4Merical put up an impressive fight in its Game 1 and 2, it was just not enough. The team’s errors in timing was punished severely by Instinct Gaming in both games. Instinct managed to keep it’s 2016 Masters ambitions alive, sadly, the same cannot be said about 4Merical.

MATCH 2 – 3C4DA VS STANDIN 5

As 3C4DA took control of the both the games with ease, thereby removing the need to proceed to Game 3. Standin 5 fell victim twice to their opponents’ superior vision in Game 1 as well as an unstoppable Alchemist in Game 2. Impressive early game domination in lanes by the Nepali team ensured that Standin 5 did not get the necessary time and farm to recuperate. 3C4DA victory signals that they are still alive in this tournament, while Standin 5 have to regroup and emerge stronger next year.

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