Neslyn A. January 22, 2020
paiN Gaming is the first team to exit DreamLeague Season 13. The first day of the playoffs saw four teams eliminated from the proceedings and unfortunately, paiN Gaming was the first to have its ticket home punched.
The team struggled in the group stage as it went 0-2 in Group D, with the only silver lining being a single map win over Team Liquid. That rough showing set them up for a do-or-die game against fellow South American team beastcoast, a game which beastcoast won easily.
The Peruvian squad only needed 25 minutes to close the game. The team controlled the tempo and pushed paiN Gaming completely out of contention with aggressive, well-executed rotations. Notably, Hector Antonio "K1" Rodriguez continued to look like one of the best carries in the world, with 14 kills to just one death.
Unfortunately, the gruesome best-of-one dictated who goes home and who stays, which resulted in paiN’s elimination.
Reality Rift, Virtus.pro, and Chaos EC all eliminated from DreamLeague Season 13
The high-stakes nature of best-of-one Dota 2 was evident in the Team Liquid and Virtus.pro series. Fans were surprised to see Virtus.pro handed a last-place finish. The Russian squad actually came just a hair shy of winning the game, collapsing in the final seconds of a 72-minute game as Liquid posted an absurd comeback.
Chaos Esports Club’s performance was arguably the most disappointing of the tournament. The North American squad is a strong one and looked good in earning a spot in DreamLeague Season 13. Alas, they weren’t able to do much more than qualify as they went 0-2 in the group stage before being eliminated by Team Aster.
Finally, TNC Predator avoided a last place finish by beating Reality Rift. Though TNC won the MDL Chengdu Major in November, the Filipino squad underwhelmed in the group stage of DreamLeague Season 13. They face an uphill battle moving forward but might be able to post a long run in the event.
In the second round of the lower bracket, beastcoast face a stiff test in The International 2019 runners-up Nigma while Aster faces fellow Chinese team Invictus Gaming. TNC and Liquid will find out who they face on day two.