Filipino team TNC Predator went on a rampage in the second day of the WePlay AniMajor Group Stage, as they scored back-to-back 2-0 sweeps over Beastcoast and Team Nigma to put themselves in the running for an upper bracket berth in the Playoffs.
After a middling performance in the first day of the Group Stage, TNC Predator bounced back by dismantling South American squad Beastcoast in their first match of day two. TNC's star carry player Kim "Gabbi" Villafuerte closed out the series in style by scoring a Rampage with Phantom Assassin.
TNC Predator kept their momentum going by taking down a surging Team Nigma, who were coming off a 2-0 sweep of their own over Team Liquid earlier in the day.
TNC Predator's breakout performance in day two gives them a 5-3 record and puts them in a four-way tie with Nigma, Evil Geniuses (EG), and Vici Gaming (VG) for second place in the standings. Meanwhile, Chinese powerhouse PSG.LGD claim the top spot with a 6-2 record after drawing with Team Spirit and sweeping Team Liquid.
Here's how all the matches for the second day of the Group Stage went down:
Vici Gaming 1-1 Team Spirit
Evil Geniuses 1-1 Beastcoast
Team Nigma 2-0 Team Liquid
TNC Predator 2-0 Beastcoast
Evil Geniuses 1-1 Vici Gaming
PSG.LGD 1-1 Team Spirit
PSG.LGD 2-0 Team Liquid
TNC Predator 2-0 Team Nigma
Here are the standings after day two of the Group Stage:
With the Group Stage now past its halfway point, PSG.LGD are in good position to secure an upper bracket berth in the Playoffs. TNC, Nigma, EG, and VG will be fighting for the other remaining upper bracket slot and avoiding having to start in the lower bracket.
Meanwhile, Spirit, Beastcoast, and Liquid are fighting to keep their tournament hopes alive. Beastcoast and Liquid — who have the worst records thus far with 2-6 and 1-7 respectively — are the most risk of getting eliminated early.
The WePlay AniMajor Group Stage will run until 7 June and will determine the teams that will advance to the Playoffs. The two teams with the best record will be joining Alliance, Team Aster, T1, Virtus.pro, Quincy Crew, and NoPing Esports in the upper bracket.
The third to sixth-placed teams will have to start the Playoffs from the lower bracket while the two bottom teams will be eliminated.
The WePlay AniMajor will run until 13 June as the participating teams battle for their cut of the US$500,000 prize pool and 2,700 DPC point pool. For everything you need to know about the WePlay AniMajor, check here.
The WePlay AniMajor also serves as the final chance for teams to earn DPC points in order to secure a direct invite to The International 10 (TI10), which will be held in Stockholm, Sweden this August and features massive US$40 million prize pool.
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