Infamous take down SG e-sports 3-1 to earn the right to represent South America in the PGL Minor later this month.
Infamous vs SG e-sports
With the previous qualifying team, Digital Chaos.SA, now disbanded and the runners-up, Infamous.Young, suffering the same fate, PGL decided to let Infamous and SG e-sports play it out in a BO5 series to determine which of the two would earn the PGL Minor spot.
Infamous and SG e-sports are currently neck-and-neck in the conversation for the best in the region. The former have the upper hand based on the 3 Minors and 1 Major tournament they’ve qualified for so far. The latter, however, aren’t too far behind.
Adding Elvis De la Cruz ‘Scofield’ Peña late in the roster shuffle seems to have done Infamous wonders. Since then, they have looked like a legitimate threat, having secured one Major qualifier.
Infamous struck first in Game 1 of their BO5 series, with Mariano ‘Papita’ Caneda dominating the early game with Ursa and Alonso ‘Kotarō Hayama’ Hayama taking over late with his ultra-farmed Anti-Mage.
In Game 2, Infamous threatened to take a commanding 2-0 lead before SG e-sports rallied late in the game on the backs of Adriano de Paula ‘4dr’ Machado’s Invoker.
Game 3 was the shortest match of the series; Infamous ended the game in just ~37 minutes, using the classic IO + Tiny combo to great effect.
Infamous led for much of Game 4, pushing high ground and destroying the enemy’s Tier 3 Middle Tower ~30 minutes into the game. However, the Brazilians stood firm, and SG e-sports were able to turn back-to-back skirmishes going in their favour into a sizable two-rax advantage.
Unfortunately, SG e-sports botched a GG push attempt late into the game, giving Infamous a chance to take the game back and close out the series.
Are You Ready for the PGL Minor?
Held in PGL’s studio in Bucharest from October 19 to 22, the PGL Minor will be the second Minor of the season and the first without a live audience.
Compared to other LAN tournaments, the PGL Minor arguably will not feature as many bonafide powerhouses.
For starters, direct invites Evil Geniuses and LGD Gaming are NOT Team Liquid and Newbee. Meanwhile, Team Secret look to be the heavy favorites given their 92% win rate in 25 qualifier games this season. However, their latest lineup is unproven in a LAN setting.
The same goes for Mineski and Natus Vincere. In fact, only Immortals have had LAN experience with their current roster. Albeit, theirs came more than a year ago in The International 6 when they still played under the MVP.Phoenix banner.
VGJ.Thunder has Liu ‘Sylar’ Jiajun on their roster and Bai ‘rOtK’ Fan as their coach, which means they can’t be underestimated. However, they’ve been in quite of a slump lately and have struggled to make deep runs in qualifier tournaments. are struggling to make deep runs in qualifier tournaments.
With that said, the PGL Minor is Infamous’ chance to make some noise and earn points for TI8.
How well do you think Infamous will do in the PGL Minor? Do you think they can make a run for a top 4 finish? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.