The Main Event kicked off today at the Key Arena in Seattle.
Group A first seed Team Liquid chose Group B’s 4th seed invictus Gaming, thinking it would be the easiest choice. They were quickly proven wrong.
Game 1 was absolutely textbook from iG as they played a CC and damage heavy comp with Night Stalker, Lycan, Batrider, Ancient Apparition, Alchemist. It was a high risk, greedy pick phase but it payed off huge. Multiple ganks focused on the mid and bottom lanes helped propel iG to an early lead, and with the Alchemist, held a steady net worth lead all throughout the game.
Game 2, however, was far from textbook. The early game was relatively calmer and slower than Game 1, and started to lean in iG’s favor, who got the Alchemist and Sand King again. But by the late game things started going crazy. Matumbaman’s Ursa started getting picks with his Blink Dagger, and Liquid started grouping up to take objectives. In a siege at the bottom lane tier 3 tower Liquid come up huge with the help of gh’s KoTL and his sustain. This sets up a crazy sequence of more team fights and the two teams go back and forth.
The final nail in the coffin came in the form of a huge teamfight in the mid lane which resulted in Liquid getting the team wipe out and iG calling GG.
iG and TL head into Game 3 both with comps excellent in teamfights. Both teams go hard early but iG lead in kills 8-5 at the 15 minute mark. Well-timed combos from the Lina and Earth Spirit help build iG’s lead. Paired with Liquid’s inability to get key skills off in time, Game 3 started looking done. iG snowballed their lead from there and it was just too much for TL.
iG proceed to Upper Bracket Round 2 and will face winner of Newbee vs Evil Geniuses.
Team Liquid drop to Lower Bracket and will face winner of Execration vs Team Secret.
The second series kicked off with an explosive Game 1. Back and forth Newbee and EG exchanged blows and leads but in the end Newbee manage to close out a thriller of a game.
Game 2 was just as crazy as this rollercoaster of a game saw huge teamfights and amazing individual plays from both teams. But in the end, Newbee take the first 2-0 of the day.
Newbee proceed to Upper Bracket Round 2 and will face iG.
EG drop to Lower Bracket and will face winner of Cloud9 vs Empire.
Team Secret take down Execration and move on to Round 2 of the Lower Bracket, will face Team Liquid.
Execration are eliminated from The International 7.
In the Group Stages, Team Empire vs iG. Vitality was the longest game in group B clocking in at 2 hours, 8 minutes, and 8 seconds. Cloud9 was also involved in the longest game in the other group, vs Execration, at 1 hour, 14 minutes, and 18 seconds. So when Cloud9 got put up against Team Empire, we knew we were in for a marathon game, and they did not disappoint. The game lasted 62 minutes.. The 1st barracks went down at 59 minutes. And after 55 kills between the two teams, Empire outlast Cloud9.
Empire move on to Round 2 of the Lower Bracket and will face Evil Geniuses.
Cloud9 get eliminated from The International 7.
The Kings of Majors knockout the the Peruvians.
OG move on to Round 2 of the Lower Bracket and will face the loser of LFY vs TNC.
Infamous get eliminated from The International 7.
10K MMR Warrior Abed and DC become the first team to knock out a Chinese team at TI7.
DC move on to = Round 2 of the Lower Bracket and will face the loser of LGD vs VP.
iG.V get eliminated from The International 7.
Main event action continues tomorrow as we finish Upper Bracket Round 1 games with LGD Forever Young vs TNC Pro Team and LGD Gaming vs Virtus.Pro. Round 2 of the lower bracket begins with Team Liquid vs Team Secret and Evil Geniuses vs Team Empire. All matches will be Best of 3.