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It’s early days, but DWG KIA enter Stage 3 with a familiar position – top of APAC North – after a 7-3 win over new Fnatic roster, which is now led by Aussie player Etienne.” Mag” Rousseau.
The Koreans had full control of the game despite playing without Yoo “yass” Sang-hoon, as their coach and former T1 player Jaehyun “PJH” Park interfered.
Every DWG KIA player had a SiegeGG rating above 1.00, with Jan “RIN” Byeong-uk leading with a figure of 1.56. Meanwhile, Fnatic didn’t perform well after their major mid-season overhaul, as all players had SiegeGG ratings below 0.70.
Considering the list trained with three new players for only two weeks, it’s no surprise to see the team struggle, especially in the early stages of the split and against a titanic team like DWG. However, Fnatic must react before the relegation battle becomes more intense for the Japanese-majority roster.
Arguably the biggest upset of the week in Asia Pacific was REJECT’s 7-5 victory over Berlin major contenders SANDBOX Gaming.
Playing on Clubhouse, the Japanese outfit fell behind the Koreans during the first half. SANDBOX won four of their six defenses thanks to Jiheon “GoodBoy” Lee and Kim “EnvyTaylor” Seong-soo, who each held out one round.
But the Japanese side would make a comeback by winning five of their six defenses. Following the victory, REJECT now has the same number of points as Fnatic and Spear Gaming in the combined APAC rankings, with all three teams battling to avoid relegation.
Meanwhile, CYCLOPS athlete games beat Talon Esports by a 7-4 margin; the same result seen in Spear Gaming’s crucial win over FAV Gaming.
APAC’s hottest team at the moment, Elevate, hosted Gabriel “LaXInG” Mirélez with an outstanding 7-1 win over the Knights.
All Elevate players except Saravut “markshortboyz” Mandee had SiegeGG ratings above 1.20, with Adithep “DCH” Channuan leading the way.
In contrast, all Knights players had SiegeGG ratings below 0.75. All eyes were on Matin “SpeakEasy” Yunos’ debut with the Australian-majority roster, with the Singaporean struggling to perform with a negative 0-2 entry record and a 0.42 SiegeGG rating.
Invictus Gaming’s former roster, now known as Tyde, lost to Wildcard Gaming by a 7-4 margin in what was Hafiz “ShibeNuts” Al Fayyed’s high-flying debut and opener. former Fnatic man Tex “Tex” Thompson in almost a year. .
Meanwhile, former Chiefs player Kelton “bouncinballz” Mclachlan made his Wildcard debut in winning fashion, while Harry “Tuhan” Wise made his APAC South debut. Their new team barely struggled on Chalet, beating the “no org” roster after a strong defensive half.
After Dire Wolves’ overtime win over FURY, Elevate and Wildcard Gaming lead the APAC South standings, with the Gaimin Gladiators yet to make their Stage 3 debut.