PGL Arlington Major 2022
Talon Esports vs Team Liquid
07.08.2022. 18:00 (UTC+3)
One of the most important international Dota 2 tournaments, the PGL Arlington Major 2022, will continue in the United States on Sunday, August 7. Talon Esports and Team Liquid will play in the third round of group stage games on the fourth day.
PGL Arlington Major 2022 is a major international cyber-sports tournament in Dota 2. The tournament in the U.S. will be the second and final major event of the 2021/22 DPC season. Top 17 teams from around the world will compete for the prize pool of $500,000 and 4,570 DPC points from August 4th till August 14th.Claim Your Welcome Bonus!
Talon Esports: getting harder to play
The Hong Kong project Talon Esports has finally started to bring results. Top-seeded carry 23savage took the team out of the Second Division and immediately earned themselves and their teammates the first ever major and the vice-championship in the elite division of the Asian Regional DPC. Moreover, the guys played re-match with BOOM Esports for first place, plus they are the only ones in Asia to beat the champions.
But not the full Talon Esports lineup made it to the U.S. major... The fourth position support Q failed to get a visa, which led to a replacement. Xepher from T1 came to the rescue, worth noting that this is the former teammate of main star 23savage. Prior to the major, Talon Esports played a closed qualification for another international tournament in August, ESL One Malaysia 2022. Yes, the guys got themselves a slot, thanks to the rejection of some team, due to which the Asian region was awarded a second gift slot for the main event, but the team's game leaves much to be desired.
As if after the vice-championship in Asia, 23savage became unbearable for his team again, as it was a year ago in T1. The Major will show what kind of morale and readiness the Asian team is in now.
At the event, Talon Esports has yet to shine. The Asian team has a victory over Soniqs (2-0) and a draw with Thunder Awaken (1-1), as well as three losses, which keep this squad placed last in Group A. The game is very bad for most of the opponents in this group.
Talon Esports is a Hong Kong-based eSports organization that broke into the Dota 2 world in November 2021. It started out ambitious: the signing of Fly and Gabbi sounded formidable, but the star-studded lineup couldn't even make it out of the second division, which immediately forced the stars to leave this project. Not from the first time the team passed the open quals, in the first round and even became the fifth in the lower leagues, but the organization did not immediately shut down the project, just started to act differently, to form a different lineup, which yielded results.
The big move of the first position carry 23savage from T1 was an important aspect that helped the team take the second place in the second division at the end of the second DPC league spring round and get a ticket to the elite, where the guys are going to show us their power, if you can call it that. The roster after the spring and summer rounds has not changed, the team did not play anywhere else, and systematically prepared for the American major and qualification for TI11.
Team Liquid: no margin for error
The European team went undefeated until yesterday in this major, but the third game day brought the Liquid two defeats from PSG.LGD and Fnatic sent Team Liquid out of the playoff zone.
Team Liquid players only defeated their opponents from Soniqs (2-0), which does not yet show the true strength of this team. On top of that, they have two draws with the Outsiders and OG, who are direct playoff contenders. Taking points from the remaining games is the only chance for Team Liquid to keep their place in the tournament.
Team Liquid has been doing well throughout the 2021/22 DPC cycle in Europe. The team secured a title on the winter tour, also finishing second in the regional winter finals, which drew extra DPC points, instead of the first cancelled major. In the spring, Liquid finished third in the regional league and went to the major to put up a mediocre performance, placing 9-12. Due to their failure at the major, the European team had to try to perform well in the regional league Summer Tour. And Team Liquid managed to do this, taking second place and getting a ticket to the August Major in the U.S.
At the Riyadh Masters 2022 at the end of July, the European team played with a substitute. The mighty Ana replaced MATUMBAMAN. Why the Finn didn't go to the UAE with the team is unknown, but it was much more important for Team Liquid to get their main player to the USA.
The teams haven’t faced off yet.
Expert Betting Tips
There’s nothing else for Team Liquid to do other than win against Talon Esports if they are to keep playing in the tournament. You can bet on their victory for 2.365 at 1xbet.
Team Liquid’s Total Frags Over (54.5) can be bet on for 1.83 at Bet365.
You can also consider betting on the teams to combine for Total Under (102.5) Frags for 1.84 at 22bet.