Alliance and SG e-sports finish The Final Match Day 1 on top of their respective groups, with the former winning all their match-ups in dominant fashion.
Group Stage A – Team Spirit Disappoint
Many had expected Team Spirit, fresh off a Grand Finals loss to Team Empire at the TI7 CIS Qualifier Playoffs, to dominate the tournament.
Initially, the team showed signs that would be the case, winning their first match of the day against Thunder Awaken. However, the TI7 CIS Qualifier runner-ups would proceed to drop their next two games to finish the group stages with a disappointing 1-2 record.
But while the Russians failed to meet expectations, the Asians and Brazilians, on the other hand, came out to play.
Last minute replacements to MVP.Hot6ix, MVP Revolution dropped their first game of the day against SG e-sports before winning both their match-ups against Team Spirit and Thunder Awaken.
Being that this was the team’s first LAN tournament since WESG 2016, MVP Revolution definitely turned some heads with their performance.
Their game against Thunder Awaken, in particular, was noteworthy, as the team showed poise under pressure to come out of the hour-long game on top despite trailing from behind in terms of net worth.
SG e-sports also came out of the gates strong, winning their first matchup of the day against MVP Revolution quite handily. Then, after taking down Team Spirit, it looked like the team would finish the group stages undefeated. However, Thunder Awaken would serve as spoilers, winning their only game of the day with a 30 to 11 spanking of the Brazilians.
Group Stage B – Infamous Drops To The Lower Bracket
Playing without Jonathan ‘Loda’ Berg, who was taking a break from competitive Dota, Alliance failed to qualify for TI7. However, they showed throughout the qualifiers that they had a strong foundation in place, even without their long-time captain.
In The Final Match Day 1, the Swedes showed just how strong they were now as a team. They finished every match in under 30 minutes, capped off by a 28-13 drubbing of Elite Wolves in their final match of the day.
The rest of Group B just couldn’t keep up with Alliance.
Infamous, in particular, is now headed to the lower brackets after finishing the group stages with 1-2 record. Midas Club Elite also underwhelmed, failing to win a single game. Meanwhile, Elite Wolves were a pleasant surprise, securing themselves a spot in the upper bracket by dropping only one game all throughout.
The Final Match Day 1 Recap
Day 2 of The Final Match will start in a few hours, with SG e-sports facing off against Elite Wolves in the BO3 semifinals. Afterwards, MVP Revolution will try to give Alliance their first loss of the tournament in their semifinals match-up.
The winning teams of the semifinals will then face off in the BO3 Winners’ Finals for a spot in the Grand Finals of the tournament.
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Posted by The Final Match on Friday, July 7, 2017
In the first match-up of the lower brackets, the top two teams in our The Final Match Power Rankings will both be fighting for their tournament lives. Meanwhile, the match-up between Thunder Awaken and Midas Club Elite will soon follow to determine who will survive to play yet another series.
The winners of the TI7 SA Qualifiers, Infamous, will definitely be looking to win their match-up against Team Spirit. Lest they risk heading into the TI7 group stages with much less confidence in their selves as a team.
What do you think? Will Infamous sink or swim? Or will they be able to claw their way out of the lower brackets? Be sure to let us know in the comments down below.