The third elimination match of the day turned out to be one of the best games of the tournament, and given the fact that it was between two TI championship teams, who could say that they were surprised?
Evil Geniuses had heavy magic burst from Lina and Puck, great catch from Crystal Maiden and Monkey King and strong late game from Spectre.
Wings Gaming on the other hand, had cheese. Invoker and Brewmaster have proven to be potent tower killers in the past, and Wings brought the combo back to try to keep their DAC dreams alive. They also took Doom and Centaur Warrunner for front line, giving Zhang ‘Innocence / y`‘ Yiping Rubick to make the plays on the back lines.
EG’s draft excelled in the early game. Sumail ‘SumaiL‘ Syed Hassan’s Lina dominated the middle lane while heavy babysitting from Ludwig ‘zai‘ Wåhlberg’s Monkey King allowed Artour ‘Arteezy‘ Babaev to free farm on Spectre. Artour’s lane was so easy, he picked up a 6 minute Hand of Midas before even picking up Boots.
Luckily for Wings, EG lacked pushing power and the game stalled long enough for Wings to trade objectives and open up highground. Then it was time for Brewmaster to do what he apparently does best – punch buildings with Alacrity on the Earth Brewling. Wings carefully chose their openings and managed to take down a full set of barracks in the bottom lane and half the set in mid before EG pushed them back and confined them in their base.
The game became a stalemate. Wings couldn’t push out because if they took fights outside of their base, EG had the upper hand in fights. EG couldn’t push high ground because they didn’t have a proper tower hitting hero and Wings had fantastic wave clear. It wasn’t boring by any means though, as both teams used plenty of Smokes of Deceit to try to catch up their opponents.
After several intense teamfights going the way of both sides, EG finally took the upper hand inside Wings’ base and claimed it as their own. Wings started bleeding heroes and buybacks and EG took the win.
If EG want to go far in this tournament, they’re really going to have to live up to their reputation as lower bracket kings. Their next challenge will be Team Faceless.
This game was all about Naga Siren split push versus fighting and killing with Slark. After the epic Wings/EG game it’s hard to get excited about Naga Siren, but with both team’s tournament lives on the line it ended up being another nail-biter.
Despite Abaddon’s atrocious winrate at the event (it was 0% at the start of today), Daryl ‘iceiceice‘ Koh was the second person today to show that the hero can still be good if played right. Both the offlaner and Anucha ‘Jabz / Kaneki‘ Jirawong’ Ember Spirit farmed all across the map, making space for Dominik ‘Black^‘ Reitmeier’s Slark to go ham.
Liquid’s supports were sitting ducks against the agile fish and even though Liquid had Maroun ‘gh‘ Merhej’s Naga Siren constantly split pushing and being a general nuisance, Team Faceless just focused everyone else, forcing gh to help his team or risk bleeding too many kills.
After almost an hour, Team Faceless were finally able to push into the Tier 4 towers and after winning a long sustained team fight in which Liquid used every buyback possible, Faceless had taken the Ancient and eliminated Liquid from DAC.