DeMonster and Execration each recorded 2-1 wins on Monday in their respective OMEGA League: Asia Divine Division contests.
DeMonster dispatched EHOME.Immortal in a Group B clash after sandwiching victories in 46 and 42 minutes, respectively, around a 26-minute setback in the second map.
Execration outlasted Reality Rift in a Group A tilt after posting wins in 65 and 27 minutes, respectively, around a 26-minute loss in the second map.
The Dota 2 tournament, which began Aug. 1 and runs through Aug. 22, will feature a total of 12 teams -- six from each region -- playing for a prize pool of $40,000.
Each team will play in a series of best-of-three games in a round-robin format to determine the top seeds at the end of the group stage. The top two teams will advance to the upper bracket, while the third-place club will move to the lower bracket along with the fourth- and fifth-place teams from each group for a separate play-in stage.
The grand final features a best-of-five series while all other matches are best-of-three.
Play continues Tuesday with Blaze facing LING ER and Neon Esports challenging Reality Rift.
The OMEGA League: Asia Divine Division standings through Monday, with match record and game record:
1. 496 Gaming, 1-0 (2-0)
1. Neon Esports, 1-0 (2-0)
3. Execration, 1-0 (2-1)
4. Reality Rift, 0-1 (1-2)
5. Cignal Ultra, 0-1 (0-2)
5. Team Adroit, 0-1 (0-2)
1. Aster.Aries, 1-0 (2-1)
1. DeMonster, 1-0 (2-1)
1. For The Dream, 1-0 (2-1)
4. Blaze, 0-1 (1-2)
4. EHOME.Immortal, 0-1 (1-2)
4. LING ER, 0-1 (1-2)
--Field Level Media