Team Aster and Gambit Esports won both of their group matches to advance to the upper bracket at the StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor on Thursday in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Team Aster advanced out of Group A after posting a 2-0 victory over BOOM Esports in an opening-round match and a 2-0 win over forZe eSports in a winner’s match. ForZe eSports advanced to the winner’s match after securing a 2-1 victory over business associates.
Gambit Esports advanced out of Group B after collecting a 2-0 win over CR4ZY in an opening-round match and a 2-0 victory over Alliance in a winner’s match. Alliance gained entry into the winner’s match with a 2-0 defeat of NoPing e-sports.
Team Aster and Gambit Esports will await their respective next opponents in the upper bracket. Those matches will be conducted on Saturday.
BOOM will face business associates in a Group A loser’s match on Friday, with the winner to square off against forZe later in the day.
NoPing will challenge CR4ZY in a Group B loser’s match on Friday, with the victor to face Alliance later in the day.
The eight-team, $300,000 Dota2 tournament will conduct its playoff rounds from Friday through Sunday, with the champions of the best-of-three Grand Final earning the $72,000 top prize.
—Field Level Media