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TI7 Main Event – Day 4

TI7 Main Event – Day 4

Day four of TI7 was full of Lower Bracket matches as we saw Team Liquid play two best-of-threes and knocking out the remaining CIS teams in the process. The first series was between Liquid and Team Empire and was filled with plenty of clutch plays and moments. Game one saw a fourth pick Broodmother by Liquid, which seemed odd, considering the first pick Bounty Hunter by Empire. However, Liquid powered through the Russians to book their place in the fourth round of the Lower Bracket, where Virtus Pro (VP) were waiting.

(Source: Dota Digest)

Although not the longest game of the tournament (which lasted 128 minutes), the first game between VP and Liquid lasted 103 minutes. With both teams having a sustainable pushing line-up, we saw Liquid being the first to gain mega creeps but suddenly having the tides turn against them as they kept dying one by one, giving VP the advantage to push for the throne. In a quick turn of events, it was VP who over-extended on buybacks alongside Liquid’s great base defending, which eventually got the ‘GG’ call out from VP. Game two saw Liquid take control early on but with plenty of questionable teamfights gifted VP the victory, taking things to a third and final game. Featuring drastically different drafts (VP opted for a heavy teamfight line-up while Liquid went for a full-on push composition), Liquid managed to outplay and out-maneuver VP at the 30-minute mark, being able to not only sneak a Roshan steal but also the range creep barracks on the top lane.

(Source: Dota Digest)

Much like last year’s TI, OG’s run has ended short in the Lower Bracket again. And much like last year, it was at the hands of a team from Asia. This time around, it wasn’t TNC Pro Team but rather, LGD Gaming who handed the multi-Major winners their exit with a clean 2-0 sweep of the series. Although OG did put up a valiant fight in both games, LGD were much better in terms of gameplay and decision-making, not giving OG room to breathe.

(Source: Dota Digest)

To top off the rest of the event, we saw the much-awaited TI7 All-Stars match. This time around, instead of having a 10 versus 10 battle, which features 10 pro players and 10 members of the crowd, the TI7 All-Stars match had a mini prize pool of US$100,000 for the winning team. Although this provided some much-needed motivation for the players (most of which were already knocked out of the tournament), it lacked the entertainment and pizzazz that we were used to seeing for an All-Stars match.

(Source: DotA Dose)

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