Welcome to our coverage set of the inaugural ONE Esports Dota 2 World Pro Invitational Singapore!
It's Day 1 of the main stage, and while there aren't that many attendees today (it's still a working day, after all!), the action is already kicking into full gear at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. On our end, we had just enough time to check out Virtus Pro's first match against Natus Vincere - here's a brief roundup of how that went down!
Natus Vincere (Na'Vi)
Straight off the bat, it seems Virtus Pro decided to floor the accelerator and got off to a running start, while Na'Vi simply appeared to have gotten up on the wrong side of the bed this morning. No[o]ne's Viper secured first blood on MagicaL's TA within the first three minutes, and at that point, it might have been in the latter's best interests to play it safe for a bit.
However, it seems his impatience got the better of him. He attempted to go in for a revenge kill on No[o]ne after returning to lane but only succeeded in putting Viper two kills, rather than one, ahead from the get-go.
Across the map, small scuffles erupted here and there in the early game as both teams pulled off some "body checks" on each other. VP stayed strong against such intimidation though, securing a few more kills and putting themselves considerably far ahead of Na'Vi by the 11th minute.
Things didn't really get any better for Na'Vi even after that. Their opponents doubled down on map and objective dominance, and by the 18th minute were already knocking on Na'Vi's front door in the midlane. Of course, the latter wasn't going to go quietly, and even though a teamfight at the 30th minute left most of Na'Vi waiting to respawn, they did make a successful counterattack against VP's 37th-minute push, with MagicaL's Templar Assassin taking a chunky triple kill.
Sadly, their valiant efforts weren't enough to offset VP's immense tempo. Unleashing one last multi-pronged push around the 42nd-minute mark, Virtus Pro managed to corner Na'Vi in their own base and secure the win.
Wow, I have to admit; watching an esports game in real life is worlds apart from just checking it out on Twitch or YouTube. It's much fancier and the adrenaline rush in the arena is a lot more palpable, not to mention the lighting changes in response to players getting double and triple kills.
Here are the other matchups for Day 1 - we'll have a summary of the results tomorrow, so stay tuned.
Vici Gaming vs. TNC Predator
Gambit Esports vs. Evil Geniuses
Images: HardwareZone, ONE Esports