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Nutz    Faceless
Nutz played a quiet but efficient series for Team Faceless in their victory over the TNC Pro Team in the Kiev Major. The veteran finished with a KDA of 11/13/38.

RotoWire Analysis

His opening game on the Crystal Maiden was a perfect outing. He did not die a single time and even picked six kills for himself. His rotations were spot-on and his Freezing Fields were deadly. In Game 2, Nutz struggled on the Witch Doctor, a hero he has been known for throughout his career. Despite his mastery he died nine times and his game sense was lacking as many of those deaths were unnecessary. In the deciding game, was again on Crystal Maiden. While his game wasn't perfect, he still rotated efficiently and provided a lot of the intangibles for his team.
Jabz    Faceless
Jabz had some questionable decisions for Team Faceless against TNC Pro Team but it was still a good enough performance for his team to take the win in Kiev Major. The Thai hotshot finished with a KDA of 28/9/31.

RotoWire Analysis

He started the series with Storm Spirit. With the help of his supports, he gave Kuku a terrible time on his Templar Assassin very early on as they killed him four times. It paved the way for Jabz and Faceless to easily control the opener. In Game 2, Jabz had a questionable game on his Tiny. After a tough early game, he decided to invest heavily in a Dagon and it really stifled his effectiveness in the latter stages of the game. In Game 3, Jabz had an unbelievable game on his Medusa. Despite dying three times, he still managed the highest gold per minute of the game at 629 and was a constant thorn for TNC throughout the game.
iceiceice    Faceless
Offlane icon iceiceice had yet another remarkable series for Team Faceless against TNC Pro Team in the Kiev Major. The Singaporean star finished with a KDA of 6/9/39.

RotoWire Analysis

Iceiceice went with Abaddon in the series opener. Early on, he was already giving TNC's supports alot of trouble as he made the offlane his safe lane. His farm was impressive as he ended the game with 465 gold per minute while only dying once. Game 2 was iceiceice's worst performance of the series. He picked up a late 13 minute Hand of Midas on his Omniknight and this hampered his effectiveness in helping his team prevent the loss. In the final game, iceiceice showed his extreme understanding of Nyx Assassin. While his early game wasn't the best, he kept doing what he does best as he constantly made space for his team with his delaying tactics.
Black^    Faceless
Black^ was the best player for Team Faceless in their victory over TNC Pro Team in the Kiev Major. The veteran carry finished with a KDA of 15/8/26.

RotoWire Analysis

He was on his signature Slark in the series opener. Black^ flexed his muscles on the hero as he was always harassing TNC's backline and after his 21 minute Silver Edge, TNC struggled to keep up. He ended the opener with five kills and 11 assists. In the second game, Black^ was on Anti Mage, yet another favorite of his. His farm was good but not great as he was caught often by TNC's aggression which his economy was underwhelming. Six deaths on such an elusive hero isn't what you'd expect from the veteran. With Black back on the Slark in the decider, he was primed to have another excellent game. He only had one death in the game and his item progression was quick as he gave TNC a lot of problems.
Tims    TNC
Spitfire support player Tims seemed lost in TNC Pro Team's defeat at the hands of Team Faceless. The Earth Spirit specialist finished with a KDA of 9/18/30.

RotoWire Analysis

With Earth Spirit falling out of the meta, Tim' limited hero pool became a weakness for the Filipino squad. His Slardar in the opener had some good moments but he never even got to farm his Blink Dagger as his team lost early badly. His second game on Nyx Assassin was better but it wasn't great by any means. He provided good vision for his team but he was caught out of position too often and payed for it with five deaths. His final game on the Ogre Magi was again unfortunate as he his early game rotations were lacking. He was involved in 13 of TNC's 20 kills so he had some merits.
Sam_H    TNC
Sam H was surely disappointed with his performance after TNC Pro Team are eliminated from the the Kiev Major by Team Faceless. The offlaner finished with a KDA of 12/14/24.

RotoWire Analysis

Sam H started the series with his favorite Nyx Assassin. As one of the most accurate Impale users in the game, Sam H tried his best to swing the game in TNC's favor. However, he struggled early on and even reverted himself to a 20 minute Hand of Midas that hurt his team's chances of staying in the game. In Game 2, Sam H took Axe to the offlane. While he was often out of mana due to Anti Mage's harassment he still applied a decent amount of pressure. His 11 minute Blink Dagger turned things around for the offlaner as his Berserker's Call were impactful. He was involved in 16 of his team's kill and often caught Black's Anti Mage. In the final game, Sam H's Omniknight was one of the few bright sparks for TNC. He pressured Black^'s farm and even killed the supports often. But in the end, his positioning was faulty and he missed some crucial Guardian Angels for his team.
Raven    TNC
The most-consistent Filipino carry Raven was corralled by Team Faceless in the Kiev Major. The soft-spoken carry finished with a KDA of 11/7/26.

RotoWire Analysis

Raven is usually TNC's most consistent player but Faceless knew exactly how to handle the young star. His one kill on the Spectre rounded up his worst game of the tournament. He bounced back with his Slark in the following as he was involved often for his team with his efficient mix of rotations and farming. In the final game, Raven's Troll Warlord managed a good 540 gold per minute but he was too gung-ho in many moments of the game that swung the game in the Singapore-based squad's favor.
Kuku    TNC
TNC Pro Team captain Kuku didn't have his best series against Faceless as they are eliminated in Kiev Major. The midlaner finished with a KDA of 19/15/24.

RotoWire Analysis

He started the series in the worst way possible on his Templar Assassin. He picked the hero when Faceless already had Ogre Magi in play so it was a highly questionable decision. He was punished by his opponents as he picked up four deaths in the first four minutes. With their midlaner hindered, TNC was powerless against Faceless in their opener. In Game 2, he used the non-meta Windranger to perfection. He gave Jabz a hard time in the laning stage and he had numerous crazy Shackleshots that secured key kills on the enemy team. In Game 3, Kuku struggled on his signature Outworld Devourer. While he had 571 gold per minute he was a bit too trigger happy on the Sanity's Eclipse that could have helped them secure the game.
Madara    mousesports
Popular carry player Madara had an underwhelming series for mouseports against Invictus Gaming in the Kiev Major. The flamboyant Greek finished with a KDA of 13/12/22.

RotoWire Analysis

Madara started the series with the unorthodox carry Timbersaw. He stayed ahead of xxs's Magnus in the early game, but the hero proved questionable as he couldn't dish out the damage to help his team in the latter stages of the game. Game 2 was his best game of the series on the Lycan. He managed an 11-minute Armlet of Mordiggian and kept making the space for his team. He downed the most towers and was seemingly at the right place at the right time as he also made his presence felt in crucial engagements down the stretch. In the final game, he took his chances with Phantom Lancer. He again had good farm in the early stages of the match, but his late-game effectiveness was just pedestrian, and his decision making was shaky at best. He was again countered by IG's Medusa and wasn't in a position to get much done for his ailing team.
Maybe Next Time    mousesports
Maybe Next Time had a good series for mouseports, but it wasn't enough as his team was eliminated by Invictus Gaming. The reputable courier sniper finished with a KDA of 11/21/27.

RotoWire Analysis

MNT began the series with the Treant Protector. He provided good pressure early on and even got himself Phase Boots. He was effective keeping tabs on IG's Boboka, and his Overgrowths were okay, though sometimes he lacked the followup of his team. In Game 2, he was on another invisible hero in Riki. MNT again provided excellent vision and some courier snipes in the game. He even had a perfect Smoke Screen to prevent xss's Reverse Polarity that saved them the game in the clutch. In Game 3, MNT was on his specialty Bounty Hunter, but he was outplayed by BoBoKa as he and his movements were predicted in the crucial elimination match.
SkyLark    mousesports
SkyLark struggled against Invictus Gaming as his mouseports was eliminated from the Kiev Major. The offlaner finished with a KDA of 5/13/22.

RotoWire Analysis

SkyLark began the series with Beastmaster in a push-oriented lineup. He had his supports with him in the early game as they gave BurNIng a difficult time, even killing him at the one-minute mark. They applied the necessary pressure as Skylark picked up a 10-minute Vladmir's Offering. Unfortunately, his decision making and map vision were poor in the late game as his team lost the opener. In Game 2, he went with a similar teamfight-oriented hero in Abaddon. He managed to again pressure BurNIng early on and secured good farm for himself. His healing and Aphotic Shields were on point as he helped keep his teammates safe in crucial stretches. In Game 3, he again went with Abaddon to opposite effect. His decision making faltered as he made several mistakes that hurt his team's chances.
ThuG    mousesports
ThuG was the best mouseports player in their series loss against Invictus Gaming . The mid laner finished with a KDA of 17/10/21.

RotoWire Analysis

ThuG kicked off the series with Templar Assassin. He kept up with Op's farm early on, but his decision to buy a Blink Dagger before a Desolator was highly questionable. He couldn't deal enough damage and he was out of position for a good clash in many engagements of the game. In the second game, Thug again went for Templar Assassin. With the help of his supports, he managed to dominate Op's Lina. His snowball led to a game-high eight kills and helped prolong mouz's tournament life. In the final game, the nerves got to Thug on his Lina as he was extremely underwhelming. His 19-minute Bloodstone was not ideal, as he could not take over the game for his team
Xxs    Invictus Gaming
Magnus specialist xxs had yet another good showing for Invictus Gaming in their victory over mouseports in the Kiev Major. The young off-lane prodigy finished with a KDA of 11/6/30.

RotoWire Analysis

He kicked off the series with his signature Magnus. The Chinese off laner boasts over an 80-percent win rate with the hero throughout the Kiev Major (including the qualifiers) and he definitely showed this quality. His 11-minute Blink Dagger led to many huge Reverse Polarities that wrecked mouz heavily as he piled up 15 assists. In Game 2, he was again on Magnus. While he picked up another early Blink Dagger, his attempts to make huge plays were foiled by mouz at every turn as they were ready for it. In the deciding game, xxs went with the more defensive Omniknight. He had a very good farming game as he racked up an impressive 645 Gold Per Minute. xxs was also on point in engagements, always getting the tempo-swinging Purifications and Guardian Angels.
Op    Invictus Gaming
Op played an excellent series for Invictus Gaming in their elimination of mouseports in the Kiev Major. The explosive mid laner finished with a KDA of 23/10/33.

RotoWire Analysis

Op went with Shadow Fiend in the series opener. He ended the early game on even terms with mouz's Thug, but his decision making in the latter stages of the game spoke volumes of his ability. He racked up 11 kills and only a single death while managing an impressive 748 gold per minute. In Game 2, he struggled against Thug, who was again on the Templar Assassin. He was ganked often and he couldn't recover from his eight deaths. In the final game, Op amped it up on his Medusa. He only died once and had the highest net worth by the end of the game.
BurNIng    Invictus Gaming
BurNIng was his consistent self as Invictus Gaming eliminated mouseports in the Kiev Major. The legendary carry player finished with a KDA of 28/6/26.

RotoWire Analysis

BurNIng kicked off the series with Juggernaut in the safe lane. He was pressured early by mouz's aggressive trilane, even dying once at around the one-minute mark. Despite this, he stayed on top of the net worth chart and proceeded to dominate the game afterwards en route to 15 kills and a game-high 785 gold per minute. While his second game was his worst of the series, BurNIng still managed over 600 gold per minute, so it was by all means still an effective showing. His final game of the series had him on the carry Venge. He somewhat looked awkward trying to get himself involved early, but seven kills and two deaths is nothing to scoff at in the highest level of competitive Dota 2.
BoBoKa    Invictus Gaming
Fan-favorite player BoBoKa gave mouseports a lot of trouble in their series in the Kiev Major. The Invictus Gaming support finished with a KDA of 6/13/43.

RotoWire Analysis

BoBoKa went with the roaming Bounty Hunter in the series opener. While he didn't pick up a single kill, he provided a lot of crucial intangibles for his team such as vision and Track Gold. In the following game, BoBoKa played a similar game on his Treant Protecto, but unlike last time his vision game did not amount to much as IG did not look as well oiled. His Overgrowths were also underwhelming as they weren't well timed. In the final game he was on Sand King, a hero he isn't usually associated with. Despite playing a hero that relies on more gold than usual, he still found ways to give mouz trouble. After his 15-minute Blink Dagger, it was all but over for the Greeks.
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.