Dota 2 Arlington Major Day 7: Liquid, EG, RNG go home as BOOM secure TI11 invite
Only nine teams remain standing after Day 7 of the Dota 2 PGL Arlington Major, as three out of the four matches in the first round of the Playoff lower bracket concluded.
Team Liquid, Evil Geniuses (EG), and Royal Never Give Up (RNG) have been eliminated from the Arlington Major in 9th-12th place after they fell to BOOM Esports, Entity, and Outsiders.
The last match of the first round of the lower bracket between Fnatic and Beastcoast will be played on Day 8.
With the day's results, BOOM Esports, Entity, and Outsiders have guaranteed themselves at least a Top 8 finish as well as US$12,500 and 360 Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) points in winnings.
Those DPC points were also enough to earn BOOM Esports a coveted direct invite to The International 11 (TI11) in Singapore, Dota 2's marquee million-dollar world championship tournament.
BOOM Esports and Entity will next face off in the second round of the lower bracket while Outsiders await the winners of the final lower bracket round 1 match between Fnatic and Beastcoast.
Here's a breakdown of all the matches in Day 7 of the Arlington Major:
Lower bracket round 1:
BOOM Esports 2-1 Team Liquid
The second day of the Arlington Major Playoffs kicked off with Southeast Asia's BOOM Esports defeating Western Europe's Team Liquid 2-1 to stay alive in the tournament and secure their direct invite to TI11.
The series opened with BOOM Esports emerging victorious in the late game of a 50-kill, 44-minute slugfest.
Saieful "Fbz" Ilham on Viper paced the Southeast Asian squad's 30-20 kill lead by notching a series-high 12 kills against six deaths while Souliya "JaCkky" Khoomphetsavong on Chaos Knight pitched in with nine kills of his own against two deaths.
Liquid were quick to bounce back in a one-sided game two, as they routed BOOM Esports to the tune of a 23-5 kill lead in just 26 minutes of action. Lasse "MATUMBAMAN" Urpalainen on Terrorblade and Michael "miCKe" Vu on Puck combined for a clean 17 kills to force the series to a game three.
BOOM Esports then came out swinging in the decider, as they dominated Liquid from the get-go and never relinquished the net worth lead.
While Liquid were able to extend the game to 53 minutes, they could do little to stop BOOM's onslaught from eventually destroying their Ancient.
Erin Jasper "Yopaj" Ferrer shone on a mid Keeper of the Light, finishing with 10 kills against just one death to extend BOOM's campaign in the Arlington Major and punch their ticket to Singapore.
Entity 2-1 Evil Geniuses
The second match of the day featured rising Western European squad Entity, with TSM FTX offlaner Jonáš "SabeRLight-" Volek standing-in for Ivan "Pure" Moskalenko, knock out EG in a 2-1 series where all three games ended up being one-sided stomps.
EG started the match strong and forced a quick GG call from Entity after 33 minutes. Abed "Abed" Yusop on Storm Spirit and Egor "Nightfall" Grigorenko on Night Stalker combined for a clean 15 kills to pace EG's 27-6 kill lead in the series opener.
Entity quickly shook off their game one loss to give EG a taste of their own medicine, taking game two in 30 minutes and finishing with a 29-9 kill lead.
SabeRLight led the way on a carry Night Stalker with 10 kills against just one death while Daniel "Stormstormer" Schoetzau pitched in seven clean kills on a mid Visage.
The match ended with another rout, as Entity absolutely dominated EG in another 30-minute stomp to secure the 2-1 series victory.
SabeRLight and Stormstormer showed out once again in the decider, notching 10 kills apiece on Beastmaster and Tiny, respectively, to fill the majority of Entity's 27-6 kill score.
Outsiders 2-0 Royal Never Give Up
Day 7 of the Arlington Major closed with Eastern Europe's Outsiders sending China's RNG home with a clean 2-0 sweep.
Game one of the series ended up being the longest of the day, as Outsiders ground down a stubborn RNG defense in a 57-minute slugfest.
Much of the game saw both teams trading blows, with Lu "Somnus" Yao on Puck playing out of his mind to keep RNG afloat against a potent Outsiders onslaught.
Despite a masterful showing from Somnus, who finished with 14 kills and nine assists against two deaths, it was not enough to prevent Outsiders from taking game one.
Danil "gpk" Skutin on Tiny notched 10 kills on Tiny to pace Outsiders' 35-30 kill lead, with Roman "RAMZES666" Kushnarev on Bloodseeker and Dmitry "DM" Dorokhin on Death Prophet pitching in with eight kills apiece.
Outsiders kept their momentum rolling in game two, routing RNG in 34 minutes of action and with a 41-23 kill lead to secure the 2-0 series sweep.
Gpk on Viper once again led his team in kills with 11 while RAMZES666 on a carry Doom and Egor "Xakoda" Lipartiya on Skywrath Mage both finished with nine takedowns of their own.
Here's how the Arlington Major Playoff bracket looks like as Day 7 came to a close:
Day 8 of the Arlington Major will feature the last match of the first round of the lower bracket as well as the two upper bracket semi-finals matches.
The day will start with Fnatic taking on Beastcoast, with the outcome notably determining which teams will receive the last two direct invites to TI11.
If Beastcoast win, then the last two direct invites will go to Outsiders and EG while Fnatic will lose out.
If Fnatic win, then they will take one of the two direct invites. The last one will go to Outsiders if they defeat Fnatic in their match in the second round of the lower bracket. Otherwise, EG will take the last direct invite.
The Fnatic-versus-Beastcoast match will be followed by the upper bracket semi-finals.
Chinese juggernauts PSG.LGD will first take on Stockholm Major champions OG, after which The International 10 (TI10) champions Team Spirit will face Chinese powerhouse Team Aster.
The Arlington Major is the second and final Dota 2 Major of the 2021-2022 DPC season.
The tournament features 17 of the best Dota 2 teams in the world fighting for their slice of the US$500,000 prize pool and 4,570 DPC point pool.
More importantly, the Arlington Major is the last chance for teams to secure a coveted direct invite to TI11, Dota 2's marquee million-dollar world championship tournament.
For everything you need to know about the Arlington Major, check here.
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