Team Nigma recorded their third straight win with a 2-0 victory over B8 on Friday in a Group A contest of the Beyond Epic online event’s Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States region.
Nigma (3-1, nine points) bolstered their lead atop Group A, with OG (2-0, four points) moving into second place after posting a 2-1 victory over Team Unique (0-4, one point). OG’s four points are matched by Vikin.gg (1-1).
In the lone Group B match of the day, FlyToMoon (2-0, six points) secured a 2-0 victory over Alliance (1-3, three points). FlyToMoon reside one point shy of first-place Team Liquid (3-0, seven points).
The 12-team, $200,000 Dota 2 event features two groups of six teams playing single round-robins, with all matches best-of-three. Victories by a 2-0 margin are worth three standings points, with a 2-1 victory worth two points. Teams that lose 1-2 earn one point, while 0-2 losers earn none.
The top two teams from each group will advance to the upper bracket of the double-elimination playoffs, which begin June 25. The third- and fourth-place teams from each group will advance to the lower bracket, with the bottom two teams from both groups eliminated. All playoff matches will be best-of-three until the best-of-five final on June 28.
On Friday, Nigma needed 57 minutes to win the first game against B8 before finishing the sweep with a win in 21 minutes.
OG sandwiched wins in 32 and 27 minutes, respectively, around a 30-minute setback versus Unique.
FlyToMoon had an easier time of it, securing wins in 46 and 31 minutes to dispatch Alliance.
Action continues Saturday with three matches:
—Team Liquid vs. FlyToMoon
—B8 vs. Vikin.gg
—B8 vs. OG
Beyond Epic - Europe/CIS standings (record, map record, points):
1. Team Nigma, 3-1, 7-3, 9
2. OG, 2-0, 4-2, 4
3. Vikin.gg, 1-1, 3-2, 4
4. B8, 1-1, 2-2, 3
T5. Team Unique, 0-4, 1-8, 1
T5. Team Secret, 0-0, 0-0, 0
1. Team Liquid, 3-0, 6-2, 7
2. FlyToMoon, 2-0, 4-0, 6
3. Team Empire, 1-2, 3-4, 4
4. Ninjas in Pyjamas, 1-3, 3-6, 4
5. Alliance, 1-3, 2-6, 3
6. Virtus.pro, 0-0, 0-0, 0
—Field Level Media