Day 1 Recap
The group stage for DAC 2017 has finished moving us into the playoff stage where four teams stood in the winners bracket and four teams faced immediate elimination. Empire, OG, Newbee, and iG were the four teams to stand on top while the lower bracket had us say goodbye to Liquid, NP, LGD.FY, and Wings. The TI champs continue their string of poor performances in what can truly be considered the TI Curse--what else could you call running into EG in a Bo1 elimination match? We also saw a new legend (or meme) born with Team Faceless taking down Liquid in a Bo1 and being hailed as the "Bo1 Kings" due to their similarly shocking performance in Dota Pit. Abaddon also slightly recovered from his terrible performance, where teams picking the hero went 0-10 combined. Faceless and VG.J found success with the hero, adding two wins to his tally during the crucial Bo1 lower bracket matches. iG.V outclassed LGD.FY and face VG.J next while Faceless must now try to win against the monstrous Evil Geniuses in what would be their first Bo3 victory on LAN.
In the upper bracket, OG faced off against Newbee to move into the winner bracket finals. OG set it upon themselves to prove that they were the team to beat in the tournament and made a pretty compelling case. While OG might fall behind in the early game, or lose a teamfight during the middle stages of a match, they have the ability to recover seamlessly and win games as if they were never behind at all. Fly’s drafting and leadership deserves a lot of credit for the way OG defeats their opponents, but of course, it wouldn’t be possible without the skill of each player on the team.
The other match in the upper bracket was Empire vs iG. While the CIS team put up a very tough fight, iG is making themselves known as the team who may be able to take down OG. Op’s Tinker made another appearance, possibly for the last time in the tournament, as teams watched him dismantle Empire. Op’s Storm Spirit also went 10-0-11, setting him up to rival OG’s Ana quite nicely as they prepare to face each other in the upper bracket finals. Burning has also made a terrific showing during DAC, proving old dogs can indeed learn new tricks and teach the newer generation of carries that he still has what it takes to be one of the best in the world. For Newbee and Empire, although they lost, they will have the advantage of watching and preparing for their opponents coming from the rounds before them in the lower bracket.