Top 5 plays from Day 1 of the StarLadder Kyiv Minor 2020

Nigel Zalamea

The first day of the StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor just concluded, and there were some incredible team and individual plays from some of the best Dota 2 teams in the world.

Fade steals Fbz’s Rolling Thunder ultimate

Pan “Fade” Yi was able to punish BOOM Esports’ aggressive tier one tower dive by spell stealing Saieful “Fbz” Ilham’s Rolling Thunder ultimate and using it to take down Rafli Fathur “Mikoto” Rahman’s Monkey King.

Mikoto dodges a killing blow with Monkey King’s Mischief ability

After a failed gank attempt by BOOM, Mikoto was stunned and locked down by Kee “ChYuan” Ng’s Medusa who used his Stone Gaze ultimate.

But Mikoto managed to perfectly time Monkey King’s Mischief ability that grants damage immunity for 0.2 seconds upon transforming.

This gave Alfi “Khezcute” Nelphyana just enough time to cast his False Promise ultimate to save his Monkey King core.

Sccc scores an early Rampage against forZe

Team Aster was able to shut down forZe’s Meepo early into the game. This gave Song “Sccc” Chun more than enough space to farm critical items, which he used to stomp forZe and get an early Rampage.

dream’s Arc Warden army destroys CR4ZY’s heroes

CR4ZY attempted to equalize the game by surprising Gambit with a Divine Rapier on Jonathan “Bryle” De Guia.

But the Medusa was immediately controlled by Artiom “fng” Barshack’s Sinister Gaze and Maxim “Shachlo” Abramovskikh’s Vacuum-Wall combo.

Kiyablek “dream`” Tayirov then cast his Tempest Double ultimate and used his Manta Style to create an army of Arc Wardens to destroy CR4ZY’s heroes.

Gambit outplays Alliance outside the Rosh Pit

Gambit secured a 2-0 victory over tournament favorite Alliance after surviving Nikolay “Nikobaby” Nikolov’s Chronosphere ultimate.

This gave gpk and the rest of Gambit’s heroes the opportunity to counterattack. Maxim “Shachlo” Abramovskikh then cut off Alliance’s escape by going around “Simon “Handsken” Haag’s Ice Shard block.

Day 2 of the StarLadder Kyiv Minor continues at the Kyiv Cybersports Arena in Ukraine.

The matches are set to begin at 8 a.m (GMT +8) and can be viewed on StarLadder’s Twitch channel.

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