The International 2019 is coming to a close as the last five teams fought for a spot in the last day of the tournament. PSG.LGD and OG faced off in the upper bracket finals while Team Secret, Vici Gaming, and Team Liquid see which of them would move on to the lower bracket finals.
Throughout the Main Event, Team Secret has looked shaky as they not only fell to the lower bracket early but many of their wins in the lower bracket felt incredibly close. But in their first match of the day, against Vici Gaming. Team Secret showed off the same dominance they presented throughout the season as well as in the Group Stage as they made short work of their opponents in two massively dominating victories to advance to the lower bracket semifinals and take out VG from the tournament..
Sadly, Team Shttps://youtu.be/vgZyyewRtIYecret wasn’t able to show the same dominance in their next match, against Team Liquid, in the lower bracket semifinals as they were dismantled by the TI7 champions. Team Liquid, who have yet to drop a single game throughout the Main Event, played masterfully throughout the series on the back of some excellent drafting. Team Liquid looked totally in control as they sealed their place in the lower bracket finals and the top 3 of the tournament while Team Secret have been eliminated.
The biggest match of the day though was the upper bracket finals between OG and PSG.LGD. Looking like a rematch of last year’s grand finals, both teams brought their A game to the field, with the first game going back and forth until a misplay by Ana broke the stalemate and gave the game to LGD. OG came back in a big way in the second game though as they brought a draft that revolved around making Ana’s Alchemist simply unstoppable. The TI8 champions steamrolled through LGD in just over 20 minutes with a final dominating score of 22-6.
In a surprising turn of events, LGD decided to let OG pick the Alchemist again in the third and final game, with the intention of countering it instead of banning it. While LGD’s strategy of delaying Ana’s Alchemist until Ame’s Slark could overrun OG, the latter showed amazing resilience as they were able to adjust mid-game and eventually begin to take the lead. In spite of their late-game Slark, LGD just couldn’t defend against the onslaught of Alchemist and Topson’s mid Tidehunter.
OG has now become only the second TI champion to reach the grand finals in two consecutive years to defend their championship (the first was Na’Vi in 2011-2012). They’ll be facing whoever wins the lower bracket finals between PSG.LGD and Team Liquid to start off the last day of TI9.
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