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The second day began by following the pattern day 1 had set. LGD Forever Young vs TnC started with a surprise Puck pick for Super and he quickly let people know he wasn’t just a one trick pony who was good on tanky midlaners. As all three cores on LFY farmed TnC eventually crumbled to their superior items and levels. Super landed 4-5 man Dream Coils fight after fight and gave LFY the fights they required to win the game. The second game quickly went LFY’s way as well as the constant lane swaps left Kuku’s Broodmother somewhat underfarmed and LFY became the third Chinese team to advance in the winners bracket.
VP remained as the western hope as they faced up against LGD in the last upper bracket match. With IG, Newbee, and LFY already having advanced LGD wanted to complete the shut out and secure their own spot in the winners bracket semi-finals. VP started off strong with Lil having a fantastic showing on Night Stalker as he used a dominated centaur creep to great effect to win the first game. During the drafting stage of the 2nd game VP picked Chen for Lil (the second of the tournament after Fnatic vs LGD). With Lil’s control on Chen and the constant brawling that VP thrives on happening across the map they stopped LGD and became the only western team to win in the upper bracket.
The lower bracket began with Puppey vs Kuroky, Team Secret vs Team Liquid. Secret started off strong, dismantling Liquid’s favored KotL, Bristle, and Ursa which had won them a game against iG. Puppey’s Spirit Breaker and YapzOr’s Rubick sat mid and helped MidOne kill Miracle over and over again while also killing Liquid’s other lanes constantly. With a poor game 1 Liquid responded by giving Miracle a mid Alchemist and while Matumbaman had a rough start Team Secret had no way to stop Miracle as he marched through the mid game and tied the series up. Team Secret started the third game on top but with GH showing why teams first ban his KotL. He managed to get 15,000 healing done and Team Liquid kept themselves alive in the lower bracket, eliminating Secret.
Perhaps the biggest upset the tournament could offer was waiting for the last match of the day with Empire playing against EG. Empire with their stand-in Resolut1on managed to take down EG 2-0 with a coordinated effort from everyone on the team in some very close games. Resolut1ons Sven was seen in both games, deleting enemy supports in a few swings of his sword if they were ever caught out of position. Fn carried more than his fair share as Empire’s mid and the early AA picks during the draft for Empire worked out wonders in combination with their Nyx Assassin scouting for kills. Day 2 ended with EG being eliminated from the tournament as Empire advancing to go up against Team Liquid to see who could make it further than top 8.
Valve also announced a new game that will be released in 2018. All that is known is that it will be a Dota 2 based card game called Artifact.
LFY vs TnC game 1
LGD vs VP game 1
Team Liquid vs Team Secret game 3
EG vs Empire game 2