Two more teams have been eliminated and two more teams now find themselves in the lower bracket. Second day of the tournament was filled with intense games and heartbreaking losses, but most importantly, it set up the stage for an OG vs. EG Rematch.
Evil Geniuses are going to meet OG in the upper bracket tomorrow and it is a big question whether OG will be able to show the same convincing performance. EG have been gaining a lot of momentum, fighting tooth and nail for every victory, while OG have been doing, well, this:
Last year it was OG who were angry. They were the team that was left without a captain two months before The International. They were the team that had to scrounge for players, go through the open qualifiers, regional qualifiers and then make their historic run through the upper bracket to the champion title. OG was betrayed, but they had their revenge.
They don’t look angry this year. They look confident, they act goofy and they are having fun while winning. EG on the other hand. EG looks hungry. They need to prove that the broken friendship was worth it. They have their chance after an impressive series against Team Secret and we will get to see what they are going to do with it.
CIS is out
Virtus.Pro have been eliminated from the International 2019 by a quick one-two punch from the Chinese teams. Both PSG.LGD and Royal Never Give Up didn’t give the DPC powerhouse any chances, confidently winning 2:0 in their respective series.
In their last match Virtus.Pro went for the CIS specialty, going all-out with aggression, pressure and tempo, but there is a reason the Chinese Dota teams are known for their perseverance. Amazing draft from RNG allowed them to survive on slivers of HP and make a cut after cut, slowly, but surely bringing VP down.
There are no more CIS teams in the International and RNG look like they’ve only started to warm up. They will face Team Liquid in an elimination match.
Liquid is Back?
No matter how you feel about TNC Predator, you have to admit—they play amazing Dota and they always make it look fun. Or, more accurately, played amazing Dota, since they were eliminated from The International 2019.
The game was not only a clash of two world-class teams, it was a clash of playstyles. TNC Predator were playing good aggressive Dota, they made smart rotations and were adamant about closing the game. But Liquid is finally back. The gods of strategy and macro showed that they came prepared: creating space, safely pushing in waves and making sure that the TNC Timings never came to fruition.
It was a different kind of beautiful: subtle and quiet, yet absolutely undeniable. There were no massive fights until the very end, but when Liquid did strike they did it with the precision and ferocity that team is known for. Clean, surgical, deadly.
It was possible on the back of some godly plays from the support duo of Team Liquid and after this series Liquid finally looks like a squad that can make a long run through the lower bracket. Unless awoken LaNm stops them.