The International 2017Main Stage Recap
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The first day of the main stage began with Chinese domination but ended with IG Vitality being eliminated by Digital Chaos. Liquid and EG fell to the lower bracket at the hands of iG and Newbee who will be going on to face each other in the winner bracket semi-finals. In the lower bracket Secret triumphed over Execration in their elimination match and secured their place in the top 12 where they would be going up against Team Liquid. Up next the story of C9 came to an end as EE and company were defeated by Team Empire with their stand-in Resolut1on’s Faceless Void in a back and forth game. OG then put an end to the South Americans as Infamous fell to S4’s Brewmaster and N0tail’s Chaos Knight in a fairly one sided game.
The day was filled with some stellar plays in each match, some intentional, and some made through good fortune. In Liquid vs iG Op was keeping his fiery soul stacks up and used his LSA on a tree line where he caught Mind_Control as he was trying to initiate on Faceless Void, resulting in his death and a won team fight for iG. In the next series Kaka picked up his Aghs on Earth Spirit and immediately put it to use, saving his Bristleback (who didn’t have buy back) from a Reaper's Scythe. YapzOr also once again showed people what one of the world’s best Rubick players was capable of as he stole multiple ultimate abilities and assisted his team with their crucial win over Execration. DC outplayed and outfought IG.V with their Spirit Breaker / Lifestealer combination. Bulba's charges kept Sven controlled and IG.V's plan never saw the light of day in the deadly best of one.
Day two of the main stage will feature LFY vs TnC and LGD vs VP in the upper bracket while Team Liquid vs Team Secret and EG vs Empire will see two more teams eliminated from TI7. We will see if the Chinese teams can continue their clean sweep of the upper bracket or if TnC or VP can put an end to it.
EG vs Newbee game 2
Empire vs C9
Liquid vs iG game 3