As the final single-elimination matches wrapped up at the MDL Disneyland Paris Major, teams from the same region continued to face each other.
The inner-region conflict picked back up with paiN Gaming’s newest roster battling a DPC-weathered Chaos Esports Club in a South American showdown.
It was clear early on that things were going to be heated throughout the best-of-one match, when the teams clashed in lanes from the very start. It wasn’t until about the 20-minute mark that paiN managed to pull into the lead as a result of some key picks.
Chaos had plenty of opportunities to flip things back around, but they couldn’t lock down any kills, although they came close multiple times before letting their opponents slip away. That proved costly, especially when paiN had a stockpile of resources heading into the final phase of the game.
With a resource deficit and a lack of kills, Chaos wasn’t able to turn things around. They were eliminated from the Major by paiN, who will face Team Liquid in the next round.
The final single-elimination match of the event had two teams that might have been considered favorites at one point battling to stay alive.
Keen Gaming is one of the surprises of this DPC season, hanging with top talent from China and carving out spots in recent events. So to see them facing off against the kings of Southeast Asia, Fnatic, in a survival matchup had a lot of implications for the current DPC rankings.
Unlike the tight battle between Chaos and paiN, things got out of hand rather quickly for Fnatic. The SEA squad managed to get out to an early lead, but throughout the middle of the game they were barely holding off Keen’s push.
Once Keen found an opening, the match completely flipped in their favor and they ran away with it. Fnatic couldn’t form a defense in their base and GGs were called just after the 30-minute mark.
From this point on, every series will be best-of-three until grand finals, which will be a best-of-five. Matches resume May 9 at 3am CT when Complexity Gaming battle LGD Gaming to kick off the second round of the lower bracket.