Now that the dust has settled on one of the best and most interesting group stages we’ve seen in The International! Its time to have a look at the Main Event!
The first group stages of The International 2019 were truly a joy to watch.
PSG.LGD, Team Secret and TNC were expected to reach the upper bracket because their performance throughout the DPC season has been outstanding. However, Newbee and Team Liquid are definitely the biggest surprises here.
The European powerhouse did a very controversial roster change just before the EPICENTER Major by pretty much swapping Lasse Aukusti “MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen for Aliwi “w33” Omar. At first, it seemed like the change was for the better because Liquid finished second in this Major. However, their performance at this years’ TI so far is very questionable. Newbee have been looking very good in their group stages but will it last on their very first main Event Challenge VS OG The TI8 Champs!
Sadly, Chaos Esports Club, a team everyone expected to be an absolute powerhouse got eliminated just before the main event. Rasmus “MISERY” Filipsen and Co. were all expected to be some of the best players in the group stages, however after a dismal performance they managed to win only three games out of eight, leaving them in the last place with just three points. The future of this team is still unknown but i’m not sure whether they’re looking at a disband or just some HEAVY roster changes after those group stages.
Everything in Group B was rather according to plan. Basically, the strongest teams grabbed the first four spots for the Upper Bracket. However, there is one team which, so far, is the biggest upset of the tournament – Ninjas in Pyjamas.
In fact, Peter “ppd” Dager and his team-mates were even considered to be one of the top teams in this years event. They managed to win two Minors in a row, as well as a top-six finish at MDL. However, despite all the NIP only managed to win one game in their first eight attempts (Ouch!) During the 3rd day they finally managed to pick up two wins, but the damage was already done.
The current TI champion had an abysmal DPC season and barely managed to secure their direct invite. Luckily for them
Anathan “ana” Pham came back to the squad OG managed to regain their composure now and they even finished first in Group B with the highest amount of points out of any team sitting on a total of 14 Points!
This is the strongest stack of teams we’ve ever seen at any TI. Literally, every single team can defeat the rest, which makes the outcomes of the series unpredictable. Four new teams will pack their suitcases and go home after the massacre in the Lower Bracket.
Is Team Liquid capable of unleashing their full power versus Fnatic? Can Infamous continue their Cinderella story against Keen Gaming?
Also, let’s not forget the main attraction – the Upper Bracket. PSG.LGD will go head to head with the strongest CIS team – Virtus Pro
In the second game of the day, the Chinese powerhouse Vici Gaming will have a very hard challenge ahead of them – TNC. It will be interesting to see whether the SEA team is able to stand their ground against such a formidable foe.