Quincy Crew and Evil Geniuses moved within one win of reaching the finals of the BTS Pro Series: Americas event.
As the playoffs began Thursday with upper-bracket action, Quincy Crew defeated business associates 2-1, and Evil Geniuses topped CR4ZY 2-1.
The Thursday winners will square off Saturday in the upper-bracket final, with the winner headed to the Sunday final.
Lower-bracket action begins Friday with business associates taking on Thunder Predator before CR4ZY meet Cloud9.
All playoff matches in the Dota 2 tournament are best-of-three before the grand final on Sunday, which will feature a best-of-five format. The championship team will receive $21,000 of the $50,000 prize pool, with the runner-up getting $11,000.
The Thursday action started with Quincy Crew needing 81 minutes to jump ahead of business associates, who responded with a 39-minute win. The decisive third map went to Quincy Crew in 37 minutes.
Evil Geniuses (35 minutes) and CR4ZY (33 minutes) exchanged victories before Evil Geniuses clinched the match with a 30-minute decision.
BTS Pro Series: Americas prize pool
7-8. $1,250 — beastcoast, FURIA Esports
—Field Level Media