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SkyLark    mousesports
SkyLark did what he needed to do as mousesports defeated IG.Vitality 2-0 in Day 2 of Group Stages of the Kiev Major. Skylark finished with a 9/8/20 KDA in the series.

RotoWire Analysis

Playing Legion Commander in Game 1, SkyLark was able to help his squad ease to a victory to take a 1-0 lead. mousesport blew open Game 1 strictly through fighting, but was not able to coast to a series win. Game 2 was more difficult as mousesports was not able to just win through fighting. They instead won through strategy and more objectives, making the multi-faceted series win even more impressive. SkyLark contributed well with objectives and assists while not dying often at all.
ThuG    mousesports
ThuG played out of his mind all series long as mousesports defeated IG.Vitality 2-0 in Day 2 of Group Stages of the Kiev Major. ThuG finished with a 19/3/21 KDA and destroyed two towers, four barracks and a Roshan in the series.

RotoWire Analysis

From start to finish, ThuG was the most dominant player in the series. Leading his team in kills, a team-low in deaths as well as contributing the most in objectives; ThuG put together an all-around fantastic series. ThuG shared the success on Outworld Developer and Templar Assassin as he pushed his team to victory. He should continue this dominance through the group stages as the weak teams get weeded out, but needs to thrive even past groups to push mousesports to where they need to go.
Madara    mousesports
Madara came out hot and kept it rolling as mousesports defeated IG.Vitality 2-0 in Day 2 of Group Stages of the Kiev Major. Madara finished with a 14/6/29 KDA and destroyed four towers and a barracks in the series.

RotoWire Analysis

Switching from Slark to Ember Spirit, Madara put on a beautiful display of skill as he was able to out-maneuver his IG.Vitality counterpart. Playing along great with his teammates, he was able to secure an easy win in Game 1 to grab the lead, followed by a slightly more difficult Game 2 win. Madara would end up sharing MVP honors with ThuG for this series, but should be proud and hopefully carries this momentum through the grind that is group stages.
SsaSpartan    mousesports
SsaSpartan constantly pushed the action as mousesports defeated IG.Vitality 2-0 in Day 2 of Group Stages of the Kiev Major. SsaSpartan finished with a 11/11/30 KDA in the series.

RotoWire Analysis

SsaSpartan queued up Pudge for the first game and jumped right in the action. Finishing with a team-high for the series in both deaths and assists, SsaSpartan showed that he was all about pushing the action. Luckily for him, Mousesports was able to outmatch and out-skill their IG.Vitality counterpart. It was a solid team effort for the win as mousesports looks to advance through the draining group stages.
super    Invictus Gaming.Vitality
Super kept being picked off as IG.Vitality fell 2-0 to mousesports in Day 2 of Group Stages of the Kiev Major. Super finished with a 8/15/14 KDA in the series.

RotoWire Analysis

Even as Game 1 was slipping out of IG.Vitality's hands, Super showed that he could keep up in the trenches as he found a team high seven kills. However, he did die nine times to find the kills, which led to a series-high 15 total deaths. Super played both with Lifestealer and Warlock, but didn't have a premier performance on either champion. This is a tough loss, but overall manageable in the group stage format.
InJuly    Invictus Gaming.Vitality
InJuly struggled out of the gates as IG.Vitality fell 2-0 to mousesports in Day 2 of Group Stages of the Kiev Major. InJuly finished with a 4/12/10 KDA and destroyed two towers in the series.

RotoWire Analysis

Dying 10 times in Game 1 unfortunately helped set the negative tone for InJuly and all of IG.Vitality. InJuly started on Beastmaster in Game 1, where he died a team-high 10 times. He then followed up that up with an underwhelming 1/2/6 line as the series was closed. mousesports was clearly the better team, but it was surprising to see how much they were able to take played like InJuly out of the game.
Sakata    Invictus Gaming.Vitality
Sakata fought hard but was overmatched as IG.Vitality fell 2-0 to Mousesports in Day 2 of Group Stages of the Kiev Major. Sakata finished with a 7/13/12 KDA and destroyed three towers and a Roshan in the series.

RotoWire Analysis

Sakata did a good job of staying busy and active all series long, but was not able to stay productive while doing so. Although Sakata stayed busy with fights, objectives and what doesn't show on the box score, he was not able to make a big impact. Mousesports did a great job of neutralizing Sakata as he ended up dying 13 times total to just 12 assists.
Paparazi    Invictus Gaming.Vitality
Paparazi had a mediocre showing as IG.Vitality fell 2-0 to Mousesports in Day 2 of Group Stages of the Kiev Major. Paparazi finished with a 10/10/9 KDA and destroyed three towers in the series.

RotoWire Analysis

Sticking to Invoker in each of the two games, Paparazi tried his best to keep IG.Vitality in each game. Although each games were close for the majority of the time, Mousesports was able to slam the door shut of each game. Paparazi had a solid showing, but did not do anything special as he was never able to reach his potential. IG.Vitality definitely competed though and can take some lessons to use throughout the group stages.
s4    OG
s4 finished OG's 2-0 loss to Invictus Gaming during the Kiev Major group stages with a final KDA of 12/14/19.

RotoWire Analysis

In Game 1, s4 never had a chance as Clockwerk. A few bad maneuvers in the early game led to iG abusing him in lane for as long as he was willing to stay. In Game 2, s4 had a better time as Clockwerk in the off lane. Doing everything he could to enable N0tail's Spectre, there never seemed to be enough burst damage to follow his hooks and OG were swept away.
N0tail    OG
N0tail finished OG's 2-0 loss to Invictus Gaming during the Kiev Major group stages with a final KDA of 16/8/16.

RotoWire Analysis

In Game 1, N0tail played Arc Warden in the safe lane. Farming just as fast as he could from the very start, N0tail's efforts still weren't enough to overcome s4's woes. With too much in iG's lineup able to deal with OG's strategy, N0tail was never truly in a position to win the game. In Game 2, N0tail played Spectre. Itemization may have been the key to OG's loss with N0tail opting for a Manta Style instead of a Radiance. With nothing to deter Xxs' Magnus from blinking on top of their heroes, OG was tossed about once BurNIng joined the fray.
JerAx    OG
JerAx finished OG's 2-0 loss to Invictus Gaming during the Kiev Major group stages with a final KDA of 4/16/23.

RotoWire Analysis

In Game 1, JerAx's Monkey King posted up in the middle lane with Ana and shared the fate of his core player. Enduring a rough lane set a farm dependant JerAx back and put OG on the back foot early. In Game 2, JerAx found more success by roaming, but his itemization may have unknowingly hurt his team. Opting for a Shadowblade before a Skull Basher kept his Wukong's Command from providing some much-needed lockdown for OG. BurNIng's Anti-Mage proved too elusive and too strong for OG as they were swept for the second time this month by iG.
Ana    OG
Ana finished OG's 2-0 loss to Invictus Gaming during the Kiev Major group stages with a final KDA of 12/12/18.

RotoWire Analysis

In Game 1, Ana was bested on his favorite hero, Invoker. Losing the middle lane to Op's Templar Assassin, it never got better as the game progressed. In Game 2, Ana played Dragon Knight. Though he was effective at pushing down objectives and surviving, Ana was unable to be the dynamic playmaker he usually is for OG. Lacking a sense of urgency, OG were surprised by BurNIngs Anti-Mage, which rolled over everything in its path on the way to victory.
BurNIng    Invictus Gaming
BurNIng finished Invictus Gaming's 2-0 victory over OG during the Kiev Major group stages with a final KDA of 23/6/22.

RotoWire Analysis

In Game 1, BurNIng's Juggernaut was more than just a carry. The seasoned veteran helped his teammates gank and win lanes, enabling his own success as well as that of his team. In Game 2, things looked bleak for iG, but never for BurNIng. iG diligently protected their carry player, trusting him to guide them to victory if given the space to farm. Their trust was not misplaced as BurNIng showed OG the true power of his Anti-Mage, mowing down heroes, then towers and finally OG's ancient to finish the sweep.
BoBoKa    Invictus Gaming
BoBoKa finished Invictus Gaming's 2-0 victory over OG during the Kiev Major group stages with a final KDA of 10/15/39.

RotoWire Analysis

In Game 1, BoBoKa played a roaming Earth Spirit to great effect. Easily winning the lanes for his teammates, OG never stood a chance and spent the game always chasing iG's lead. In Game 2, BoBoKa seemed to be feeding the game away as Riki. Biding his time and gaining information to keep BurNIng safe, BoBoKa was able to easily contribute to iG's victory march later in the game.
Xxs    Invictus Gaming
Xxs finished Invictus Gaming's 2-0 victory over OG during the Kiev Major group stages with a final KDA of 0/11/25.

RotoWire Analysis

In both games, Xxs played Magnus in the off lane and built identically in both games, almost down to the item pickup time. Though he did not take any kills for himself, Xxs was able to provide for his team with consistent multi-man Reverse Polarity plays. Ending the series with a KDA of 0/11/25, Xxs' Magnus might be iG's secret to beating OG.
Op    Invictus Gaming
Op finished Invictus Gaming's 2-0 victory over OG during the Kiev Major group stages with a final KDA of 20/8/29.

RotoWire Analysis

In Game 1, Op's Templar Assassin was the star of the show. He was able to kill every hero on OG at least twice. Getting the better of Ana in the middle lane, Op's quick start combined with iG's domination of s4 in the off lane helped kept OG back peddling until they had nowhere left to run. In Game 2, Op had a rougher time as Storm Spirit. Bullied by Ana's Dragon Knight. He was able to hold on until BurNIng's Anit-Mage was ready to save the day and put OG down for good.
MATUMBAMAN    Team Liquid
MATUMBAMAN finished Team Liquid's 2-1 loss to Thunderbirds during the Kiev Major group stages with a final KDA of 25/12/47.

RotoWire Analysis

In Game 1, MATUMBAMAN was able to keep his head down and farm as Spectre while Miracle kept Thunderbirds at bay. Playing in a comfortable style, MATUMBAMAN was able to lead his team to a victory only once. In Game 2, MATUMBAMAN played Lifestealer. In a lineup with little mobility or setup for him, MATUMBAMAN did his best to secure kills as Liquid failed to close out the series. In Game 3, MATUMBAMAN played the Naga Siren, instead of gh. Thunderbirds were ready, drafting a split pushing lineup that was rarely grouped together and unlikely to be caught by Song of the Siren. Liquid was frustrated and powerless as Thunderbirds marched to a series victory.
Miracle    Team Liquid
Miracle finished Team Liquid's 2-1 loss to Thunderbirds during the Kiev Major group stages with a final KDA of 26/18/37.

RotoWire Analysis

In Game 1, Miracle played Templar Assassin in the middle lane. With high burst damage and good map vision, Miracle was able to hold down the game long enough for MATUMBAMAN's Spectre to take over and win. In Game 2, Miracle played Arc Warden. Looking clumsy and lost, Miracle was without any support as Liquid failed to close out the series. Reeling from Game 2, Miracle played Invoker in Game 3. Dying a few too many times and unable to catch most of Thunderbirds, Miracle and the rest of Liquid flailed about as they lost the series 2-1.
MinD_ContRoL    Team Liquid
MinD_ContRoL finished Team Liquid's 2-1 loss to Thunderbirds during the Kiev Major group stages with a final KDA of 21/21/41.

RotoWire Analysis

In Game 1, MinD_ContRoL played an offlane Doom. Not much more than a walking ultimate, MinD_ContRoL managed to be of use to his team by keeping w33's Invoker from controlling fights or keeping Resolut1on's Wraith King from his second life. In Game 2, light triumphed over darkness as Misery's Keeper of the Light negated MinD_ContRoL's Nightstalker. Dominating the early game MinD_ContRoL quickly fell off as ganks ran awry and Liquid made inefficient trades. In Game 3, MinD_ContRoL failed to make a large impact as Earthshaker. Despite drafting a Naga Siren in desperation, Team Liquid was knocked aside as Thunderbirds completed their comeback bid and took the series 2-1.
KuroKy    Team Liquid
KuroKy finished Team Liquid's 2-1 loss to Thunderbirds during the Kiev Major group stages with a final KDA of 19/30/39.

RotoWire Analysis

KuroKy played Monkey King in all three games, playing an identical strategy in all three games as well. Though KuroKy's play was excellent, ensuring key kills and a few teamfights, his strategy was figured out after Liquid's first and only victory. In Games 2 and 3, KuroKy's greedy build was heavily punished by tanky late game lineups from Thunderbirds.