T1 and PSG.LGD started off Day 2 of OGA Dota PIT Invitational in gobsmacking fashion with the latter clowning their way through the drafting phase as usual, but this time with a last pick Tinker, in Game 1.
Game 1 got off on an even note with both teams exchanging blows every now and then until 28 minutes when one team-fight changed the entire course of the game.
That game changing team-fight witnessed T1 emerging out on top with a sudden gold lead of nearly 5K, in an otherwise dead-even game, and went on to dictate the pace for the rest of the game.
Xepher played exceptional on his Shadow Demon using Disruption during various key moments to save his teammates from Necrophos’ ultimate and thus being instrumental in T1 winning the first game.
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Game 2 was a heavily one-sided affair as LGD steamrolled T1 from the get go with three unexpected picks in Nature’s Prophet, Elder Titan and Spectre.
T1’s draft looked extremely defensive and unscalable, and found themselves lagging behind from early on. They had no answer to LGD’s aggressive draft that ruptured their hopes of even having a slight comeback chance.
Amassing 18k gold lead by 30 minutes, LGD made sure to not give a reason for T1 to make a comeback as the latter, after finding an important kill on Ame’s Spectre during mid-game, overplayed their hand and got caught off-guard.
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Game 3 once again saw T1 playing on the backfoot with their draft revolving around 23savage's Faceless Void.
With fearsome counters to Void on LGD's side such as Bane and Elder Titan, 23savage had a difficult time to keep up with his farm.
Lacking proper disables, T1 struggled to get online against the pure aggression of the LGD line-up, and had already amassed a massive 9k gold lead at 18 minutes.
There was a glimmer of hope for T1 soon after, when they secured four kills on LGD players, however, the next ensuing fight left a big dent on any hopes of revival where both sides suffered casualties but T1 bore the heavier brunt of it.
LGD then proceeded to grasp every opportunity to their advantage and secured Game 3, thus winning the series and sending T1 to the lower bracket.