The International 2017: LGD Gaming stuns OG in tight 2-0 series
POSTED BY Benjo Gonzales ON August 11, 2017
The second Lower Bracket series of the day featured OG and LGD Gaming in one of the most thrilling matches in TI7 so far. But despite the phenomenal team fighting and valiant efforts of the 4-time Major champions, they inevitably stumbled against the superior aggression and synergy of the Chinese squad who convincingly sweeped them two games to zero.
Johan “N0tail” Sundstein — Phantom Lancer
Anathan “ana” Pham — Ember Spirit
Gustav “s4” Magnusson — Magnus
Jesse “JerAx” Vainikka — Rubick
Tal “Fly” Aizik — Lich
Wang “Ame” Chunyu — Bristleback
Lu “Maybe” Yao — Leshrac
Ren “eLeVeN” Yangwei — Earthshaker
Yao “Yao” Zhengzheng — Batrider
Chen “Victoria” Guanhong — Night Stalker
The first few minutes of Game 1 saw an early lead for LGD Gaming after they managed to find isolated picks and well-timed tower dives on OG’s members. However, this lead didn’t grow or last significantly long as OG retaliated a few minutes later with some kills of their own. This repeated up until the 40-minute mark where the gold lead that both teams continually traded in possession never exceeded 4,000 prior to it.
By that time, OG already got hold of the momentum after a recent series of team fights went in their favor which all started with a beautiful 3-man Reverse Polarity engage from s4’s Magnus. But just as they were able to crucially shift the tides, they overstayed their welcome which then resulted in LGD Gaming getting back the kills that they gave.
Now, with the mid and bot lanes pushed in by the Chinese squad and the lead having been reset, OG was in defensive mode. Several chaotic team fights, outplays, clutches, and buybacks majorly defined this prelude to the end where, ultimately, it was the sensational performance of Maybe’s 18/5/13 Leshrac and the rest of LGD Gaming that came out victorious.
Johan “N0tail” Sundstein — Juggernaut
Anathan “ana” Pham — Queen of Pain
Gustav “s4” Magnusson — Magnus
Jesse “JerAx” Vainikka — Nyx Assassin
Tal “Fly” Aizik — Winter Wyvern
Wang “Ame” Chunyu — Sven
Lu “Maybe” Yao — Storm Spirit
Ren “eLeVeN” Yangwei — Batrider
Yao “Yao” Zhengzheng — Shadow Shaman
Chen “Victoria” Guanhong — Kunkka
Game 2’s early game was the opposite of the previous one where, now, it was OG who managed to find the picks and set up a starting lead for themselves thanks to the early-to-mid game strengths of Jerax’s Nyx Assassin and ana’s Queen of Pain. Unfortunately for them, the advantage that they got were insignificant. With s4 and Fly not being able to execute the crucial plays with their picks, the all-round composition of LGD Gaming gave them enough resources to slowly creep up in the scoreline.
As the trend of events didn’t seem to change course, the Chinese squad eventually seized control of the lead. This was marked by the fight within the Roshan pit where not only did they successfully get both the kill and the Aegis of the Immortal, but they also managed to clean-sweep OG with a surprising engage followed by a 4-man Ghostship from Victoria’s Kunkka.
From then on out, the overall lead of LGD Gaming snowballed out of control, most especially with their core carries. And in the end, with a combined tally of 34/8/36 for Maybe’s Storm Spirit and Ame’s Sven, the Chinese squad forced a surrender from OG after almost clean-sweeping them once again during their final siege onto the Dire base.