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Five teams began on day five, but only three made it to the final day. IG and LGD were knocked out, while Liquid kept Western hopes alive. LGD crushed IG in one of the shortest matches we’ve seen all tournament, destroying Burning’s dream of finally winning a TI. After outclassing IG twice in quick succession, LGD got a taste of their own medicine. Team Liquid won both games handily, pulling out both Huskar and Broodmother in game 2 for possibly the cheesiest game of the tournament. In the upper bracket the two giants of Newbee and LFY collided, but LFY’s incredible dominance was ended as Newbee won a hotly contested 3-game series. Faith has made it to his second TI finals, hoping to become the first player to hold the aegis twice.
This year’s finals could be one for the record books. If Newbee are able to pull off a win they will be the first organization to have two TI championships while Faith will not only hold the aegis again, but this time as a captain. At TI2 Faith stood in the shadow of his legendary teammates YYF, Chuan, and Ferrari430, but now he’s in the spotlight. If he is able to lead his team to victory in the finals it will surely be the achievement of a lifetime. While Faith is busy looking for his 2nd championship, LFY and Liquid are both looking for their first win. The lower bracket finals could easily be the finals themselves with Liquid, the tournament favorite coming in, facing off with LFY, the post-groups favorite.
Unfortunately this would be yet another unsuccessful TI run for Burning and IG. One of the oldest and most well respected players in the history of Dota, Burning is long overdue for a TI championship. This IG team showed great promise, only losing out to Newbee and LGD, and will hopefully stay together after TI7 ends. This day also saw the end of LGD’s fantastic lower bracket run. After falling to VP in Round 1 of the Winner’s Bracket LGD proceeded to win 6 games in a row before running into Team Liquid (who also fell into the Loser’s Bracket early). A sad end to their great run, but Liquid will carry the Lower Bracket torch onward into the final day.
Newbee vs LFY - Full Series