The Upper Bracket Quarterfinals in The International 2019 has come to a close. The final two teams to continue their journey in the Upper Bracket are the defending champions, OG and The International 2015 champions, Evil Geniuses!
OG opened the day against North American team, Newbee. The defending champions finished the Group Stage with an impressive 14-2 record and claimed the top spot in Group B. While Newbee surprised everyone and held on to their spot in the top four of Group A, tied with TNC Predator.
The series opened with an IO – Bristleback combo from OG for Anathan “ana” Pham and Topias “Topson” Taavitsainen, respectively. Despite the early lead of Newbee from being able to pick-off the OG members, the defending champions eventually found their way in. OG, from here, refused to let up and used the momentum to even take down Newbee from the safety of their own fountain. This forced the “ok. Gg.” call from the Newbee support, Johan “pieliedie” Åström.
Game 2 was a more one-sided affair with OG taking an early lead. This time around Newbee was forced to call it quits in 34 minutes.
The loss to OG dropped Newbee to the Lower Bracket. They are set to face South American team Infamous.
The second Upper Bracket match for Day 2 of the Main Event was between the North American squad Evil Geniuses and European team Team Secret. The two veteran teams went through the full three-game series for an exciting series.
Evil Geniuses opened Game 1 with control over Team Secret throughout the game. The crowd control from Sven, Leshrac, Elder Titan, Centaur Warrunner, and Windranger proved too much for the composition that Team Secret had drafted for themselves. EG eventually tore through the base of the Europeans in 48 minutes and that included the Throne.
With their backs against the walls, Team Secret drafted a wombo combo composition with Faceless Void, Invoker, Enigma, Earthshaker, and Crystal Maiden. The North Americans took a lead after find pick after pick with the Tidehunter of Gustav “s4” Magnusson. They kept up the pressure throughout the game. This time around the Europeans had the means to fight back and fight back they did. It all came down to a team fight in the mid lane, 63 minutes in. It was Team Secret that pulled off an immaculate execution of their wombo combo. Evil Geniuses were left to call “GG” after a team wipe and buyback unavailable.
The Europeans fought back in the early game of Game 3 and for the first time in the series, they held a lead early on. Despite the lead, Team Secret overstayed their welcome one time too many, which allowed EG to get a foot inside the door. EG forced their way into the game, chopped down the gold lead, and ultimately swung the gold in their favor. Team Secret was forced to call it quits in 41 minutes in the game with EG knocking on the base.
The victory puts Evil Geniuses in an epic revenge match against OG, the team that dropped them to the Lower Bracket in The International 2018. While Team Secret drops them to the Lower Bracket to face the Southeast Asian team, Mineski.
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