For the past week, eight Southeast Asia Dota 2 squads have been fighting through the group stages of the Beyond the Summit Pro Series Season 4: SEA and today we saw that come to an end.
Playoffs loomed for the eight teams involved in the BTS Pro Series Season 4: SEA, and with no eliminations from the group stage, the teams were hoping to avoid the lower bracket and possible early departure from the event. TNC Predator have had an up-and-down year, while not a full squad currently, they did have coach Kim “Febby” Yong-min to stand-in for the event – which worked out perfectly. Going unbeaten in a full series through the group stage, TNC ended as the first seed, looking dangerous once again as they won their final series against Neon Esports.
Also making their way into the top four were Fnatic and T1, both squads with either stand-in players or new players recently joining their roster. Although T1 had no outright defeats through the group stage, their downfall to falling below TNC was their plethora of 1-1 drawn series – only winning two out of seven. For Fnatic, their two lost series put them in third place, while Team Dog managed to sneak their way into the last upper bracket spot with a tied series against Motivate.Trust Gaming.
On the bottom end of the group, where the teams would have to fight through the lower bracket, we saw Execration being the first team. Having come through the open qualifier, Execration still managed to ensure that they were not the absolute bottom of the group and give themselves some hope for a lower bracket run. For MTG, their tied series against Team Dog meant that they were sentenced to a lower bracket run – needing a 2-0 victory to claim a spot in the top four.
At the bottom of the group, in the last two spots, were both Vice Esports and Neon Esports, one of which was rather surprising. While Vice only have a couple of known players on their roster and pushed through the open qualifiers, a victory over Motivate.Trust Gaming a few days ago meant that they weren’t dead-last. Unfortunately for Neon, their tournament has been quite terrible, although they did manage three drawn series.
The playoff stage for BTS Pro Series Season 4: China begins in a little under two days, with the lower bracket elimination series kicking things off on December 16th, 2020. It will be interesting to see which teams can secure passage forward in the event and who will succumb to early elimination.