Today was the last day of The International Dota 2 playoffs phase and the final team?joining?the winner?s bracket in the main event has been decided.
This would surely come as a shock to everyone as team Newbee from China has clawed its way through the playoff bracket to join teams Vici Gaming, DK, and EG in the main event.
After a disappointing last day on the group stage, Newbee only managed to finish on the 9th spot of the group. This meant that they will be battling 3 higher-seed opponents in order for them to grab the last slot in the winner?s bracket.
Today certainly showed Newbee?s true form. Their first opponent, team Titan from Malaysia, is ?the only remaining team from the Southeast Asian region. Newbee almost lost the grip of the best-of-3 match as they gave up the second game to team Titan, but eventually they were able to rethink their strategies and take the third and final game.
This win is probably the most important for the day as the loser gets eliminated while the winner is guaranteed $510k. Sadly for Titan and the Southeast Asian countries, the only surviving representative from the region gets eliminated and takes home a sad $48k.
As Newbee advances in the bracket, they go off and play the TI2 champs, team Na`Vi. After a rough first match against Titan, Newbee seemed to have gained composure as they rolled over Na`Vi. It was a walk-in-the-park for the team to say the very least. They even stomped their opponent in the second game with a 26-4 score.
Their last match of the day was against their Chinese brethren, Team Invictus Gaming. IG has performed relatively well throughout the tournament but Newbee proved that they were ready for them. It was a back and forth series as both teams took one game off each other. But the deciding match was a disappointment to the fans. Newbee was able to capitalize on the early stages of the game and did not let IG gather any momentum. The game ended in just 16 minutes with a 13-1 score.
Na`Vi and IG will now be playing from the lower bracket in the main event.
From almost getting eliminated in the group stage, Newbee retaliates and climbs its way up to the winner?s bracket. Newbee?s feat today would surely go down as one of the most impressive performances in the history of The International.
This means that we now have all 8 teams in the main event. It?s also good to note that 5 out of the 8 teams are Chinese, none of whom are eliminated from the group stage. The next matches will be the upper bracket of the main event which will be happening on July 18 in the KeyArena. The grand final will be on the 21st.
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