The International 2017: Team Empire upsets former TI-champions, Evil Geniuses

The finale of the second day of the International 2017 Main Event was nothing short of an upset as one of the tournament’s underdogs manages to bite back at a legitimate powerhouse team. With odds against them, the Russian squad of Team Empire went down the series 2-0 in order to beat Evil Geniuses in the Lower Bracket, avoid elimination, and advance further into the competition.

Game 1

Evil Geniuses

Artour “Arteezy” Babaev — Phantom Lancer

Syed Sumail “SumaiL” Hassan — Invoker

Saahil “Universe” Arora — Mirana

Ludwig “zai” Wahlberg — Sand King

Andreas Franck “Cr1t” Nielsen — Winter Wyvern

Team Empire

Roman “Resolut1on” Fominok — Sven

Rostislav “fn” Lozovoi — Ember Spirit

Andrey “Ghostik” Kadyk — Batrider

Vladimir “RodjER” Nikogosyan — Earthshaker

Yaroslav “Miposhka” Naidenov — Ancient Apparition

For the first few minutes of Game 1, Evil Geniuses took for themselves a small, early lead over Team Empire by actively finding picks across the map. But before their lead could even relatively take off — capping only at three kills and a 2,000 gold lead — Evil Geniuses somehow lost grip of the game which then resulted in the stacking of kills for Team Empire.

But regardless of that, Evil Geniuses were still able to defend their opponent’s advances by utilizing well their team fight strengths and playmaking prowess. They were even able to extend the game past the 60-minute mark by mostly doing just that. But still, fate has it sealed for Team Empire as they pummeled through the opposition with their 18/1/8 Ember Spirit for fn and 12/3/16 Sven for Resolut1on. Eventually so, with the aid of multiple Roshan picks as well, Team Empire closed out the game with an astounding overall score of 41/18 in their favor. Evil Geniuses – 0, Team Empire – 1

Game 2

Evil Geniuses

Artour “Arteezy” Babaev — Terrorblade

Syed Sumail “SumaiL” Hassan — Puck

Saahil “Universe” Arora — Nature’s Prophet

Ludwig “zai” Wahlberg – Night Stalker

Andreas Franck “Cr1t” Nielsen – Winter Wyvern

Team Empire

Roman “Resolut1on” Fominok — Sven

Rostislav “fn” Lozovoi — Mirana

Andrey “Ghostik” Kadyk — Venomancer

Vladimir “RodjER” Nikogosyan — Nyx Assassin

Yaroslav “Miposhka” Naidenov – Ancient Apparition

A majority of Game 2 saw the leveling up of Evil Geniuses’ performance from before after they continuously evened out the kill and gold lead between them and Team Empire. It was truly a back and forth game as even the lanes equalized as team fights go to either side along the early-to-mid game.

But in the late game, numbers advantage and the individual skill to go along with it proved to be the deciding factors for the victorious side. With only SumaiL’s Puck delivering and Arteezy’s Terrorblade running short on the side of Evil Geniuses, they were then no match against the hard-carrying and well-farmed duo of fn’s 13/3/9 Mirana and Resolut1on’s 14/3/8 Sven. Eventually so, with the Russian squad systematically pushing and sieging into Evil Geniuses’ base, they were then able to close out the game and series by the 52-minute mark. Evil Geniuses – 0, Team Empire – 2