TI4 EU Qualifier: Day 4
The Final Showdown
After a shaky start in the Grand Finals today, Mousesports climbed their way back from a 2-0 deficit, defeating Virtus.pro for a chance to represent Europe in the The International’s Main Event in July. They completely dominated the EU Qualifiers, showing us they have the potential to run with the top tier 1 teams in the world right now.
Even though Virtus.pro lost today, they put up a great fight and gave Mouz a huge scare after being up 2-0. They also managed to take out RoX in the Loser’s Final, where they looked more solid than they have all week. They will take a trip to Seattle, but will instead have to go through the play in series where they will face off against Liquid, CIS Game, and MVP Phoenix.
Coming into the finals no one expected Virtus.pro to fare as well as they did. In both Game 1 and 2 Mouz began with an enormous lead, but VP were able to hang on by a thread and edge their way back in. In game 1 they had a very strong mid-game pushing lineup that came online at the perfect time. After a few small pick-offs, they were suddenly stronger than Mouz and took the first set of Barracks by 25 minutes. Mouz made the mistake of drafting Doom in order to counter the Brew pick, because instead of playing a core position he was put as a support. This hasn’t proved too great in the past, but if you are able to get levels it can be a great decision, which it was for VP in this game.
The 2nd game featured the biggest comeback of the European Qualifiers, maybe even all the Qualifiers. Again Mouz started off with a 9-2 lead at 9 minutes with their aggressive rotations early on. VP had picked up a carry Silencer, which did terribly in lane as a result. The pick showed to be more useful than we realized in the mid-game with the use of Global Silence, which consistently allowed VP to win small skirmishes, bringing them back into the game bit-by-bit. The issue for Mouz in the late-game was their lack of damage. Once they had short times on their BKB’s, the Aghs-Refresher Global Silence was doing a tremendous amount of damage in teamfights. At this point the split-pushing power from Furion was too much, and Mouz just crumbled.
Now with Mouz having their back to the wall, they gathered their composure and picked up Slark for Pajkatt in games 3-4. He was an absolute maniac in both games, rushing a Blink Dagger after Brown Boots in both games. He took advantage of the true strengths of the hero, and didn’t make the mistake of farming too much early like most of the pros do these days. He went 22-1-7 and 10-0-2, showing us why he has been to three TI’s already, and why he will be attending his fourth in July.
Everything was on the line in game 5, but sadly the pressure had already got to VP and they didn’t perform up to par. Pajkatt was able to get his Furion once again, and paS showed us he can play more than just Ancient Apparition, going 1-0-17 on Disruptor.
Pajkatt and Misery together again
In the end, Mousesports displayed an amazing comeback, winning the series 3-2 over Virtus.pro. Despite faltering a bit today against VP, they have shown us a level of play miles ahead of everyone else in these qualifiers. Now the true test awaits them in July at TI4. Will they be able to play with the big boys?
Furion’s Day: VP vs RoX
VP have shocked us all with their performance
While veteran The International competitor Ars-Art failed to play much Nature’s Prophet in the group stages, during the final elimination games he did almost nothing but. The first game of the day set the tone for the series when, on the Radiant side against RoX.KIS, Ars-Art used Teleport to show himself between the Tier 1 and 2 of mousesports and fooled them into thinking he was placing wards. As RoX.KIS roamed their own jungle with sentries, the rest of his Brewmaster-Wraith King-Vengeful Spirit-Morphling team headed into the Roshan pit and successfully killed him despite an enemy Abaddon standing just Northwest of them. The game wasn’t easy from there - the Morphling of Illidan had more than a few unfavorable engagements - but the immediate level 2 translated enough into a laning advantage for them to snowball the game and allowed the Prophet pushing power to come online.
Apparently having decided this was their path to victory, VP then tried it again in game 2 with Nature’s Prophet-Invoker-Bristleback-Treant-Disruptor only to see disastrous results as RoX headed to the pit to check, then proceeded to win the inevitable skirmish around the pit. VP was unable to fight from behind and it went to a deciding game.
The final game saw more traditional play out of VP, where Ars-Art’s offlane Prophet was able to repeatedly kill what was, in theory, a farming Doom. After coming out ahead in the laning stage, VP showed a glimpse of their group-stage self and stumbled some, but thanks once again to the split pushing of Prophet they closed it out and kept their dreams of TI4 alive.
Despite coming in often considered as underdogs for the day, they showed they were able to fight with the big dogs both with unusual strategies and solid play and they went into the grand finals with confidence.
The Return of LGD.int
Old Friends together again
With reaching the top two of their qualifier, it completes a reunion of the five players who attended The International 2013 under LGD’s international banner. Since the team’s roster switch and eventual breakup last fall none of its members have gone on to play for a team that received a direct invite to the main event, though each of them saw play in the qualifiers. Brax and 1437 made their way to TI4 proper when they won the American Qualifier under the name North American Rejects, while Pajkatt and MiSeRy did it with mousesports. God is the only one who must fight for his spot in the tournament, playing in the wildcard as the mid for Virtus.pro.
While the team failed to impress at TI3, we will still remember them for a dominating run through G-League, including a decisive win over LGD.cn, until they faced iG in the finals.
Also Black^, who was briefly on the squad before it broke up, is playing with CIS for the play-in but he wasn’t on the TI3 roster, so, you know.
Stand Out Games
- RoX.KIS vs Virtus.pro Game 1: The game that kicked it off, with Ars-Art’s Nature’s Prophet opening with a teleport to trick and ending with him carrying the team.
- Virtus.pro vs mousesports Game 2: Mouz starts the game with a lead looking insurmountable for VP but thanks to some sneaky counterpush VP evens it out and starts racing. Very tense throughout.
Check out today's highlights via Kirsed.
Contributors: Heyoka, TheEmulator
Gfx: heyoka, miwi^
Contributors: Heyoka, TheEmulator
Gfx: heyoka, miwi^