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MSI 2018: Team Liquid keep their Playoff dreams alive

The Group Stage of the 2018 Mid-Season Invitational continued to deliver exciting games throughout the day. Because of the series of events, it kept the Knockout picture closer than one would’ve imagined.

The biggest winner of Day 4 was the North American champions, Team Liquid. After spending the Group Stage, prior to Day 4, in the bottom of the table alongside the Vietnamese champions, EVOS Esports, the North American finally got a good sniff of the top four since the tournament began.

Team Liquid pulled further away from EVOS Esports in the table after the North Americans got their revenge against the Vietnamese champions. Along with this, they closed out the day, 2-0, after they also got revenge against the European champions, Fnatic to end the day. The North American team found their stride and put the fate into their own hands as they put themselves within arm’s reach of a Semifinals spot.

Fnatic, prior to their loss against the North Americans, gave the champions from Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macau, the Flash Wolves, their first loss of the competition in an exciting game that had two Baron steals and a lot of split pushing from the Europeans.

Instead of pulling further from the rest of the group, Flash Wolves fell nearer the rest of the teams after falling to Fnatic, the champions from Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macau also fell in the hands of the Chinese champions, Royal Never Give Up. The Chinese team decided to play the former Flash Wolves’ jungler, Hung “Karsa” Hau-Hsuan against his former team. This gave them the edge as Karsa got rolling along with their AD Carry, Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao.

However, because of the 0-2 record of EVOS Esports in Day 4, they fell out of contention for a Semifinals. They can, however, pull off some upsets and disrupt the placements especially for Royal Never Give Up and Fnatic.

With each team playing their last two games later today and the five teams being within each other’s grasp, each win, or loss, will be crucial.

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