The group A of StarLadder i-league Invitational S3 Minor continued with a battle between Team Liquid and Mineski. Liquid triumphed 2 to 0.
Team Liquid received a direct invite to StarLadder i-league Invitational S3, and faced Mineski - from the SEA qualifier - in their first group stage match. The best-of-three ended after only two games: in the seconds they overpowered the opponents with a 20 minutes victory.
Liquid will now battle against SG esports at 18:00 CEST. SGE previously had the upper hand against ViCi gaming with a 2-0 score. The recap is available here.
Liquid vs Mineski Bo3 recap
The first game was a close one: Mineski had a slight net worth advantage in the first 30 minutes, but afterwards Liquid claimed the match after a destructive teamfight.
Amer "Miracle-" Al-Barqawi played Alchemist and achieved an astonishing 915 GPM. He went for the split-pushing build with Radiance, Manta Style, Boots of Travel, and was six-slotted after just 39 minutes.
Mineski wasn’t able to repel his split-pushing, and the Radiance heavily countered Daryl Koh "iceiceice" Pei Xiang's Broodmother.
After a rather balanced match, things changed once Miracle- was ready for the final fight. A team-wipe at 43 minutes signed the end of the battle as Liquid quickly pushed down the enemy barracks, and forced them to call GG.
The second match lasted only 21 minutes, and ended 24 to 7 for Team Liquid. They had the upper hand during all the match, closing it with a 15k gold lead.
Liquid used a bold mid-lane composed of Miracle- on Sven, and Maroun "GH" Merhej on Io. The opponent mid-laner, a Medusa, had no time to build the necessary items as they quickly took control of the map with perfectly timed ganks.
Also Lasse Aukusti "MATUMBAMAN" Urpalainen displayed a great performance, playing Venomancer in the safe lane against Enchantress - he ended the match with a 6-0-5 score.
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