The 21st Match Day of the Pro League was streamed live on Monday 27th May. During the first match we followed Alpha from Latvia fighting Lucky Kuraky from Poland. The second match featured eSuba from the Czech Republic clashing with Evil Panda Squad from Poland.
Who got owned? Who raged? Read the recap below, watch the recording of the stream or download the replays! There are two replays for each game so that you can enjoy the games from the perspective of both teams.
Both Lucky Kuraky and Alpha were facing relegation and had a very stressful game ahead of them. How did it go? How did the stress influence their performance? Read on!
Kuraky took the top of the hill and kept just two heavy tanks at the foot, while Alpha chose to completely avoid the hill and concentrated on the other side of the column 7 road. The teams started with a slow approach, but after a few minutes of waiting, Alpha attacked through the foothill street and main plaza. A quick exchange of fire led to most Kuraky players getting destroyed, but at the same time Kuraky started capping the Alpha base with their last T1! Alpha raced back to their base to stop the cap. With just a few seconds to spare, a T69 from Alpha destroyed the last Kuraky tank! First game went to Alpha!
Kuraky decided to make a major push through the city while Alpha pushed along the east side and managed to sneak south, taking the battle to the Kuraky cap circle. Alpha made two attempts at capping, which led to them losing both T1s and an IS-3. The situation was critical as Alpha made another assault and traded one Tier VIII for another. Three seconds before the end of the battle, the T69 from Alpha made a final push and managed to get an amazing draw! Score stayed 1:0 for Alpha!
A replay was held. Alpha made the first push down south to the Kuraky base and battle ensued. Kuraky came out on top, not losing a single Tier VIII while Alpha was left with just two tanks! The score becomes 1:1!
Due to repeated draws, four battles were held on Abbey, a new record for replays in one match.
The first match was a cautious game until 20 seconds before the end, when Alpha started (and lost) an epic race for the Kuraky base.
The second match should have been won by Kuraky, but a mistake lost them the win and led to a draw instead.
The third match was a nice cruise around Abbey.
Eventually, Alpha got a lucky arty shot, and the teams finally decided to play more aggressively and move out of cover. Alpha played a clean sweep with a great performance in the centre of the map achieving a 7:0 victory! The score became 2:1 for Alpha!
Kuraky chose to play a setup without any artillery support, which is very rare on such an open map, while Alpha chose a typical setup with one artillery, four Tier VIIIs and two scouts. Both teams concentrated around the train tracks, and started to return fire. Alpha were victorious brining the score to 3:1 and taking the match!
As this was a relegation match, the result means that Kuraky will get relegated. Congratulations to Alpha!
Both teams decided to go to the western side of the map. eSuba led a big push to the north along the entire width of the map, bringing the score to 3:0 kills within just 2 minutes! eSuba didn’t retreat for an easy win on points and kept applying more pressure on EPS by circling the field near their tanks. eSuba went for the kills all the way and managed to score 7:1- a great show of tank skill!
Over-caution by both teams meant the first match ended in a draw and a replay was held.
Both eSuba and EPS started moving to different flanks before quickly moving back into the middle. The first engagement lead to eSuba gaining a point advantage high enough to win, which they maintained until the timeout. The score was now 2:0 to eSuba!
EPS chose to start with a push along the train tracks, meaning that eSuba needed to fall back to the east and go for the hill. EPS engaged along the entire northern part of the map and started capping the eSuba base. After a short exchange of fire, EPS managed to fortify their position on the eSuba cap zone. The cap counters were progressing for both teams, but EPS had a head start and managed to win, moving the score to 2:1 to eSuba.
The main engagement took in the middle of the map on the hill, with great support fire from SPGs. An EPS AMX 13 90 managed to sneak past most of eSuba, but their GW Panther managed to defend itself in true TD style! The game turned badly for eSuba when EPS outnumbered them 4:2 on the battlefield with most tanks severely damaged. Without further problems, EPS brought the score up to 2:2!
EPS took control of the west side while eSuba tried an even distribution of forces. EPS made the first push, taking down one IS-3 before retreating back north. The teams met again in the SW corner which resulted in both losing two AMX 50 100s each, leaving eSuba at a very big disadvantage. The final nail to the eSuba coffin was in the south cap zone. EPS won the match with a 3:2 score!
Congratulations to EPS for proving their superiority and coming back from being 2:0 down!
If you want to learn more from the masters and listen to our great commentary on the 22nd Match Day, tune in to the stream today 30th May from 19:00 CEST (GMT +2)!