The International is well on its way to conclusion. Upper Bracket Semi Finals matchups are known, one matchup of Lower Bracket Day 3 is also clear. Following the second day of the Main Event, some teams which were thought to be shoe-in for the Grand Finals are already out of the tournament or trudging on with great difficulty, trying to make it. Unfortunately, one of them WILL fall before the end of Day 3, however, let’s talk about everything in order.
Upper Bracket Quarter Finals
EHOME vs. Alliance
The matchup between EHOME and Alliance was supposed to be close, with Alliance favored a little bit; however, EHOME is tearing through their opposition in The International 6, so it turned out differently.
In the first match, EHOME picked Sand King, Undying, Shadow Demon, Juggernaut, and Mirana to fight against Alliance’s Storm Spirit, Keeper of the Light, Drow Ranger, Ogre Magi, and Bristleback. EHOME players played the match very well, winning in 36 minutes. None of them reached a double digit number of kills, however, Daryl Koh “iceiceice” Pei Xiang did have 9 on his Juggernaut, followed by Wang “old chicken” Zhiyong on Mirana with 5 and Lu “Fenrir” Chao on Shadow Demon with 4. While this match wasn’t a super-fast slaughter, Alliance got run over nevertheless.
The second match was of the same length as the first one. EHOME ran Sand King, Elder Titan, Shadow Demon, Sven, and Mirana against Alliance’s Batrider, Skywrath Mage, Phantom Assassin, Ogre Magi, and Lone Druid. Slightly different comps, same result, to be honest. Old chicken went ham on his Mirana with a 13/1/14 performance, Zhang “LaNm” Zhicheng helped out with his 4/1/21 elder Titan. The rest of the team had 4-7 kills with 4 death’s and 10+ assists. On the other side of the map, Alliance understandably had much worse stats, with three people getting 4 kills for 5+ deaths and nobody managing to get double digit assists.
Evil Geniuses vs. Newbee
Facing off against the so-called 2nd – 3rd best team in the world, Evil Geniuses were definitely underdogs in the matchup, at least by conventional logic. Well, the dice doesn’t always roll predictably. That’s why pro play is exciting, somewhat.
Starting the series, Evil Geniuses picked Winter Wyvern, Storm Spirit, Batrider, Io, and Sven against Newbee’s Elder Titan, Dragon Knight, Slark, Shadow Demon, and Slardar. Syed Sumail “SumaiL” Hassan brought the Storm (Spirit) upon Newbee’s heads with a 15/1/5 masterclass performance. The rest just moved out of the way and collected on the assists, trying not to die. Of course, that’s oversimplifying things, I know that, but still. What a match if you’re an Evil Geniuses fan.
Trying to close out the series quickly in the second game, EG picked Shadow Demon, Timbersaw, Faceless Void, Elder Titan, and Morphling. Newbee answered with Skywrath Mage, Alchemist, Lifestealer, Oracle, and Sand King. Even though Evil Geniuses wanted to get the game over and done with quickly, that’s not at all what actually happened.The second game of the series took 70 minutes to end. In the end, Evil Geniuses emerged as the winners. It wasn’t as clean as the first match of the series, though. EG players died much more than in the first game.
Lower Bracket Round 2
TNC Pro Team vs. OG
OG is the best team in the world, supposed to eat TNC Pro Team for breakfast. That’s not what happened. TNC Pro Team provided the biggest upset in The International 6 so far, by not only defeating, but actually sweeping 2-0 OG, dropping them from the tournament with a payout of $303,068.
In the first game, TNC chose to field a comp of Vengeful Spirit, Elder Titan, Phantom Lancer, Lifestealer and Axe against OG’s Witch Doctor, Enchantress, Medusa, Faceless Void, and Drow Ranger. The only player to have a decent KDA on OG’s side was Amer “Miracle-” Al-Barkawi with his 6/3/5 Medusa. On TNC’s side, Marc Polo “Raven” Fausto showed up on his Lifestealer with 12/1/13, helped by Carlo “Kuku” Palad’s Phantom Lancer with 10/2/11 and the rest of their teammates, who had double digit assists to show for it.
With elimination breathing down their necks, OG picked Ogre Magi, Io, Ember Spirit, Dark Seer, and Tiny for their second game. Looking to end it and avoid Game 3, TNC Pro Team went with Dazzle, Vengeful Spirit, Huskar, Drow Ranger, and Faceless Void. This match lasted much longer than the first game, however, in the end, TNC Pro Team emerged victorious Miracle- once again tried to drag his team to victory, however, his 11/6/12 performance on Ember Spirit wasn’t enough to help his team win, resulting in the biggest upset of the tournament.
Digital Chaos vs. LGD Gaming
The second unexpected breakout of The International 6 besides EHOME, Digital Chaos was matched against LGD Gaming, a team, which performed worse than expected in the Group Stage, missing out on the Upper bracket and having to battle through the tournament the hard way.
In the first game, DC picked Kunkka, Shadow Demon, Naga Siren, Invoker, and Nyx Assassin as their comp of choice against LDG’s Batrider, Elder Titan, Templar Assassin, Lifestealer, and Rubick. The match wasn’t very short, however, it didn’t last an hour plus either. In almost 40 minutes, Digital Chaos closed out the kill-starved game. The most someone died? Four. On the losing team. That just goes to show that the game wasn’t a clown fiesta, being based on pressure and objectives instead. Even though they lost, LGD didn’t take fights they couldn’t win, which is a plus for them.
The second game, where DC’s Bounty Hunter, Winter Wyvern, Gyrocopter, Mirana, and Timbersaw faced off against LGD’s Beastmaster, Elder Titan, Dragon Knight, Necrophos, and Disruptor, was much bloodier. At least for LGD, as their blood flowed on the map after getting killed by Digital Chaos. The standout cause of death for LGD was David “Moo” Hull’s Timbersaw, which ended the game with 9/2/12. The other biggest spiller of blood was Aliwi “w33” Omar, who had a 7/2/17 score on Mirana.