Let The Games Begin
After a gruelling four-day group stage which saw the top 18 Dota 2 teams from around the globe battle it out in The International 7 (TI7), we are now down to the final 16 who will be playing at the main event in KeyArena in Seattle, Washington. The two teams that didn’t make it past the group stage were HellRaisers (HR) and Malaysian favourites, Fnatic. Although this would be the first time for the entire HR squad attends TI7, the boys from Fnatic have gone onto the main event before and this loss would be a very bitter pill to swallow in the coming months.
Group A saw a heated battle between the top two teams, Team Liquid and LGD Gaming as both teams battled for the top spot. Group B saw LGD.Forever Young (LFY) dominate all four days of the group stages as they never let go of first place. You can view the overall standings over all four days below.
These placings make for some entertaining upper and lower bracket matches (the first round of LB matches are a best-of-one while the UB matches are all best-of-three). Some of the more interesting matches to look out for would be LGD Gaming vs Virtus Pro (VP) as well as Newbee vs Evil Geniuses (EG). In the LB, it is do or die match for all eight teams, especially for the four-time Major winner, Team OG who will be going up against the first South American Dota 2 team, Infamous.
Cloud 9 (C9) also face a tricky match against Team Empire, who have had mixed results ever since their original carry, Chappie was unable to attend TI7 at the 11th hour. This prompted Team Empire to seek help from Resolut1on, Planet Odd’s carry player who happened to be attending TI7 as part of the Russian broadcasting team.
You can check out the official match brackets below.
Don’t forget to tune in tonight for the first match between Team Liquid and Invictus Gaming (iG) 1.00am local KL time on Twitch.TV. We will be updating as much as we can about TI7 as we close in towards the grand finals so do stay tuned to what we have in-stored!