The Wild Card phase has officially concluded at the ONE Esports Singapore Dota 2 Major. Multiple teams went through upsets and challenges. After all the drama, three best teams including Team Liquid, PSG.LGD, and Vici Gaming qualified for the next round. On the other hand, other teams had to go home due to losing several series during the Wild Card phase. Team Nigma, T1, and AS Monaco Gambit are packing their bags as they receive an early elimination from the first Major of 2021.
PSG.LGD, Vici Gaming, and Team Liquid push through to the Group Stage! Which outcomes did you predict in this Wild Card round?
— ONE Esports (@ONEEsports) March 28, 2021
Some of the eliminated teams did not play at their peak form. Therefore, the results are not so surprising to the community. Team Nigma and T1 had to get a stand-in in the team due to one of their members getting COVID-19. The professionals failed to travel to the Major and the teams had to substitute a new member in their places. Therefore, both teams had to face a fully prepared squad and could not pull out their finest performance.
Nigma to Suffer
Team Nigma suffered the most due to the unavailability of one of its members at the Majors. While their official coach Roman ‘Rmn-’ Paley played with them before as well, the team lacked coordination and could not match his skill set. This eventually led to questionable drafts and insignificant roles in the game. Also, the team lacked positioning into the team fights without their official Offlane player, Ivan ‘MinD_Control’ Ivanov.
As a whole, Team Nigma went 1-9 in the group. The team could only pull out one victory against Vici Gaming and still sat at the bottom of the chart. The only good news for Team Nigma was that their captain, Kuro ‘KuroKy’ Takhasomi re-completed the all-hero challenge in the competitive Dota. This means that he has used every single hero available in the competitive scene once again.
T1 without Kuku
T1 also suffered during the Wild Card stage as their third position player, Carlo ‘Kuku’ Palad could not make it to Singapore Major. The team took in Lee ‘Forev’ Sang-don to stand-in for their captain, but the team really looked disjointed. T1 had already been going through multiple roster changes and with their captain going out of the tournament, the team could not perform to its full extent.
Team Gambit going Home
Out of all, AS Monaco Gambit played really well. The team went really close to make it to the group stages, but eventually, Team Liquid eliminated them in the final tie-breaker round. The team first managed to beat Team Liquid 2-0, but Liquid fought back the same day and advanced to the group stages.
At first, only two teams were supposed to advance from the Wild Card phase of Singapore Major. However, as Natus Vincere and Beastcoast had to withdraw from the Majors, the organizers changed the format. The teams going forward are going to face a harder challenge as several other professional teams are waiting for them with full potential.