Gaimin Gladiators, Liquid win twice at DPC Lima Major

Gaimin Gladiators and Team Liquid each won twice on Thursday to move to the top of their groups at the $500,000 Dota Pro Circuit Lima Major in the Peruvian capital.

In Group A, Gaimin Gladiators (3-0-1) handled EHOME in 24 minutes and 15 minutes, then downed Tundra Esports in 35 minutes and 53 minutes.

In Group B, Team Liquid (3-0-1) beat Knights in 26 minutes and 25 minutes before defeating Entity in 28 minutes and 36 minutes.

The Lima Major is the first major of the Dota Pro Circuit 2023 season, and the first DPC major ever held in South America. The 18-team event consists of four teams each from Western Europe and China, three each from Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe, and two each from North America and South America.

A pair of nine-team groups will conduct round-robin play through Sunday, with all matches best-of-two. The top four teams from each group advance to the upper bracket of the playoffs, and the fifth- and sixth-place teams in each group move on to the lower bracket.

The playoffs (double-elimination, best-of-three) begin Tuesday, with the Grand Final taking place March 5. The Grand Final will be the only best-of-five match of the tournament. The winner will take home $200,000 and 400 DPC points. Second is worth $100,000 and 350 points.

In other Group A action on Thursday, Evil Geniuses and Talon Esports played to a 1-1 tie, Tundra Esports topped TSM 2-0, PSG.LGD and Team Spirit drew 1-1, EHOME and Execration tied 1-1, Talon Esports topped TSM 2-0 and Team Spirit swept Evil Geniuses 2-0.

In Group B, HellRaisers and beastcoast drew 1-1, Shopify Rebellion and Entity tied 1-1, Team Aster and BetBoom Team finished level at 1-1, Geek Slate stopped Knights 2-0, Shopify Rebellion beat HellRaisers 2-0, and beastcoast drew with BetBoom Team 1-1.

Day 3 is Friday, with eight more matches scheduled for each group.

Dota Pro Circuit Lima Major Group A standings (W-L-T record, map score)
1. Gladiators Gaimin Gladiators, 3-0-1, 7-1
2. Talon Esports, 2-0-2, 6-2
T3. Team Spirit, 2-1-1, 5-3
T3. Tundra Esports, 2-1-1, 5-3
T5. Evil Geniuses, 0-1-2, 2-4
T5. Execration, 0-1-2, 2-4
T5. PSG.LGD, 0-1-2, 2-4
8. TSM, 1-3-0, 2-6
9. EHOME, 0-2-1, 1-5

Dota Pro Circuit Lima Major Group B standings (W-L-T record, map score)
1. Team Liquid, 3-0-1, 7-1
2. Shopify Rebellion, 2-0-2, 6-2
3. Entity, 2-1-1, 5-3
4. Geek Slate, 2-1-0, 4-2
T5. beastcoast, 0-0-3, 3-3
T5. Team Aster, 0-0-3, 3-3
7. BetBoom Team, 0-1-3, 3-5
8. HellRaisers, 0-3-1, 1-7
9. Knights, 0-3-0, 0-6

–Field Level Media

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