It was a busy day in Dota 2’s biggest ever tournament, The International 9, and here’s a summary of the matches between Infamous vs Newbee, Team Secret vs Mineski and the anticipated PSG.LGD vs Vici Gaming and OG vs Evil Geniuses
All eyes were of course on the legendary meeting between OG and Evil Geniuses. How would they not be when it’s the strongest challenge for the famous “SumaiL” and his colleagues against the former world champion OG. Despite this, Team Secret was able to steal the show present the most exciting match for the third day, in a heated encounter that secured a place in the classics of the TI Championship over the years.
The match, which was long and had the two teams trade punches, including one of the longest Teamfight of the tournament, secured the Europeans a place in the top eight teams with a 2-1 win over Mineski, who were knocked out of the tournament after an applause-worthy performance and desperate fight to the end.
The Peruvian newcomer Infamous managed to cause resentment for fans of the famous Newbee team after they eliminated their run during the TI9 with a strong result ended in two games to one, moving on to the quarter-finals of the lower bracket to bring it in front of Team Secret in a decisive game that will be played tomorrow, and one which the winner of will play against Vici Gaming after.
PSG.LGD and Vici Gaming played a fun match with some great moments, but it ended up being a clean win for PSG, which has proved to be a sweeping force in this tournament without any losses so far, to be one of the favorites to take home the Aegis if they continue dominating through the Semis.
Speaking of the favorites, last year’s champion OG will surely be one of them, with its victory over Evil Geniuses causing upset among fans around the world with a great match in which EG did its best to win one game out of three, but the end was in favor of OG, which fought with all of its might through a comeback to the forefront and progress towards the final of the upper bracket (semi-finals of the tournament) to come face to face against PSG in a competition that no one can predict its winner.
RNG vs Team Liquid will be in the spotlight of tomorrow, whose winner will qualify later that night to play against Evil Geniuses which has one more chance to advance to the finals, while we will eagerly await the outcome of the LGD and OG match the day after to determine the first to reach the biggest final in the history of the tournament.