Group Stage Recap
After an exhilarating exhibition of Dota 2 running over a course of 3 days, DAC 2017 has set its main bracket. While OG continued on their track of dominance, former teammates Miracle- and Cr1t proved to be not so lucky, as the results ended in favor of the green dream and Team Empire in Group A while Chinese giants Invictus Gaming and Newbee stole the winner bracket spots in Group B. Let us take a quick recap of some of the best moments.
Day 1 took off with TI6 winners Wings Gaming taking on 3 time Major winners OG. And keeping in tradition, OG’s famed position 4, JerAx, delivered with game-changing Rubick plays, most particularly when he used the stolen Fissure to block the paths of two players and ensured certain death, not just once but twice.
The teamfight that steals the limelight however, simply has to be Newbee’s late-game obliteration of the entirety of Team Liquid, courtesy of Sccc’s Storm Spirit setting up the moment with a 4 hero Aghs upgraded Electric Vortex followed by a burrowstrike from Kaka. The wombo combo teamfight gave Newbee an easy path to victory, and they strolled to a win shortly afterwards.
It is worth noting that Team Empire showed signs of resurgence, surpassing all expectations by beating LFY and drawing a match with Team Faceless. Empire would repeat these kinds of performances throughout the rest of the group stages, too.
While Day 2 lacks standout individual performances, we certainly were treated to a couple of great series. Worth mentioning before we move on, however, is the sick presence of mind displayed once again by OG’s JerAx and s4 against Team Empire, using Force Staff to save n0tail’s Terrorblade from having his TP crushed by the enemy Slardar.
With Liquid and Evil Geniuses both having a lackluster event thus far, both of them were eager to keep themselves in the race for the UB. Although both teams will play the main event through the LB, they leave behind an exhilarating series, with the 2nd game debuting GH’s Naga Siren in the pro scene, and raising eyebrows once again surrounding his untested capabilities.
The second series, unsurprisingly, involves Team NP. Facing off against Team Liquid in the last match of the day, the second game saw the Canadian-based organization outclass their EU counterparts right from the draft. However, it is moments in game 1 that steal our attention. It is worthy to particularly mention GH’s Magnus, getting the cores of Team NP inside his RP on every turn. His performance and consistency have been the saving grace for Liquid on many occasions throughout the tournament.
Last but not the least, Day 3 saw some great Dota 2 action, if not the best of the lot, despite having fewer matches. A fierce VG.J stole a whitewash in the group stages from OG, making them the only team to have beaten OG outright in a series. The last match of the day ended in spectacular fashion with EternalEnvy’s Rapier lasting in his hands for exactly 35 seconds before NP succumbed to GH’s Naga onslaught. Thus, with some great Dota 2 action, the group stages came to an end.
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