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Comeback Isn’t Real! Dota 2 The International 2018 Main Event – Day 4
Posted by cmsadminGG August 24, 2018

Virtus.pro looked incredibly promising entering the main event of The International 2018, with many people expecting them to go pretty far. They had an amazing Dota Pro Circuit season, garnering the most points and instantly qualifying for TI8, and landed 2nd place in their group, just below VGJ Storm, during the tournament’s Group Stage. So it somewhat came as a surprise that the team would end up being sent to the Lower Bracket during the First Round of the Upper Bracket. But hope that the team would bounce back wasn’t lost as they handily eliminated Mineski in Day 2 of the Main Event to extend their run in the tournament.

The team’s next match, in Day 4 of the Main Event, would be against OpTic Gaming to see who would go against EG, who were sent to the Lower Bracket by OG the previous day, in the Fourth Round. The first game of the match saw VP take a slight lead over OpTic Gaming early on but the latter was able to turn the lead around in the middle of the game, something the former was not able to recover from. In the second and third game though, VP was able to bounce back and take two very commanding games to win the series, showing that maybe VP could bounce back in the tournament.

Virtus.pro secures a date with Evil Geniuses as they take down Optic Gaming in their do-or-die BO3 series! Watch Sanduguan: The Philippine Coverage of The International 8 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5F83l7KL2kg#TI8 #TI8onESPN5 #LakadMatatag #GetItOn5

Posted by GG Network on Thursday, 23 August 2018

Sadly, the dominance they displayed in their last two games against OpTic Gaming, as well as their match against Mineski, was not at all present during their match against EG. Suma1L, Arteezy, and the rest of the “Blue Team” made short work of VP in two decisive games that ultimately eliminated the North American team from the tournament, landing them in 5th-6th place.

Evil Geniuses takes out Virtus.Pro!

GGWP, VP! Evil Geniuses dug deep and took out Virtus.pro two games straight, knocking the CIS Team out of The International 8.Watch Sanduguan: The Philippine Coverage of The International 8 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5F83l7KL2kg#TI8 #TI8on5 #LakadMatatag #GetItOn5

Posted by GG Network on Thursday, 23 August 2018

The first game of the match saw EG take and maintain a solidly growing lead right from the start of the match, thanks largely in part to Suma1L’s signature Storm Spirit. While VP was able to perform much better in the second game of the match, even leading it during the first 15 minutes, the team just couldn’t maintain it until the end, especially after Suma1L’s Alchemist came online.

Team Secret, with very consistent plays, turn the tables against VG.J Storm as they take game 2! They advance to the next round of The International 8! Watch Sanduguan: The Philippine Coverage of The International 8 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5F83l7KL2kg#TI8 #TI8onESPN5 #LakadMatatag #GetItOn5

Posted by GG Network on Thursday, 23 August 2018

The rest of the day saw Team Secret eliminate VGJ Storm from the tournament with two very decisive games. In the first game, Team Secret was able to keep VGJ Storm to only nine kills with most of Team Secret’s objectives intact. And while the second game was much closer and began swinging towards VGJ Storm in the latter portion, Team Secret was finally able to break through VGJ Storm’s line-up and win the match.

There are only five teams left in the tournament and Day 5 will finally decide the final three teams that will battle it out for the Aegis of the Immortal and the lion’s share of the over $25 million prize pool.

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