The International 2017Main Stage Recap
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On the 9th of August 2016, SEA pro-team TNC found themselves in over their heads when they had to face up against OG early in the tournament. However they did pull through and were behind one of the biggest upset last year. Today, exactly one year later, we saw the exact same situation: TNC vs OG in round 2 of lower brackets. Unfortunately for TNC they weren’t able to repeat last year's success. In both games they tried out Luna in the first position, and both times they had trouble getting her online in time to face OG. Pulling ahead early in game one, but unable to translate their advantage into objectives. The second game turned sour very early, as TNC committed 2 minutes of 4 of their heroes in an unsuccessful attempt to contest the ancient stack meant for OG’s Templar Assassin. This is sadly the end of SEA’s run at a TI7 victory.
OG and TNC weren’t the only teams that played lower bracket on the 9th of August one year ago. The other match were LGD vs DC, which coincidentally also were the second series of today. Back then DC were able to outperform LGD and continue until the grand final, but this year DC is sporting an entirely different roster. In the first game DC attempted to trick LGD into believing they had a mid QoP, however last picked Abed’s legendary Meepo, sending the QoP offlane instead. However the lack of strong lock down from DC and LGD having the Magnus as a solution to the Meepo, meant the game ended in LGD’s favor early. Second game were much more even, as DC were able to keep up in a farm war against Anti Mage and Magnus. However Digital Chaos lost their grasp on the game when they overextended during an Aegis push, and shortly after their ancient fell for good. This is sadly the end of NA’s run at a TI7 victory.
With that today's elimination matches concluded and we moved to the upper bracket where IG and Newbee would battle it out. The first game seemed very even in the beginning but without a good solution to Kpii’s Puck he quickly snowballed out of control, while Kaka’s Night Stalker dominated the vision game, allowing NB to take a lead 1-0. The second game went IG’s way, with Boboka getting his Earth Spirit, and using it to foil nearly every rotation NB tried. The last game looked to be going IG’s way, with them exerting most of the pressure earlier. In the meantime Newbee tried stalling so they could get Sccc’s Storm Spirit online to counter Op’s Tinker. During a push Newbee turned the game around, and without an answer to the Storm from IG, Newbee confidently played till they were far enough ahead to go high ground without issues. Winning the series 2-1.
The last series was the beast that is VP against the monster that is LFY. While the first game might leave something to be wanted from the CIS team, while they did manage to get a typical VP lineup, they weren’t able to run their opponents over as they are like to do. In the end VP ran out of steam and gg’ed out. Game two however was an intense back and forth between the two teams. While most of the game VP were able to keep pressuring and take objectives, it felt like LFY were only steps behind them. With AhFu showing off one of the strongest Earth Spirit performances of this tournament, LFY in the end brought the series to an end 2-0. This also means that we are now guaranteed to have at least one Chinese team in the Grand Final.
Also today the arcana was revealed, Pudge managed to narrowly take the win with 50.008% of the votes.
IG vs NB game 2
VP vs LFY game 2