Evil Geniuses and Immortals Move On to PGL Open Playoffs

Evil Geniuses and Immortals have just secured their first Qualifying Points of the season and will join LGD Gaming and Mineski tomorrow at the PGL Open Playoffs.

Just a few days ago, CompLexity Gaming’s captain and position 5 support player, Kyle ‘Kyle’ Freedman, tweeted that North America was the strongest region in Dota 2. He then followed it up with another tweet asking if there was a scarier group than the foursome of Evil Geniuses, Immortals, OpTic Gaming and CompLexity Gaming.

While the tweets may have been made in jest, both Evil Geniuses and Immortals advancing to the PGL Open Playoffs puts a little bit of credence to the North American’s boisterous claims.

Immortals Take Down Team Secret

PGL Open Playoffs

Image via Immortals

After a relatively quick series against Infamousthe stage was set for a rematch between Immortals and Team Secret.

Facing the threat of elimination, Team Secret decided to cheese Game 1 with a last pick Meepo for Marcus ‘Ace’ Hoelgaard. Although Immortals tried their best to contain the micro-intensive hero early in the game, Team Secret played perfectly around Ace; an easy Roshan kill for Ace mid game swung the momentum completely in their favor and by 33 minutes, Team Secret were already marching into Immortal’s base.

Hold on to your brooms, boys & girls, we're going for the reverse sweep in Game 3! #PGLOpen💚 #IMTDOTA📺 http://twitch.tv/pgl_dota

Posted by Immortals gg on Saturday, October 21, 2017

In Game 2, Immortals would bounce back behind Lee ‘Forev‘ Sang-don on Bounty Hunter and Kim ‘Febby’ Yong-min on Night Stalker.

Bounty Hunter’s ultimate skill, Track, allowed Immortals to maintain a healthy gold lead despite spending most of their time ganking. At the same time, the extra gold bonus gave Febby’s Night Stalker a chance to pick up a relatively quick Aghanim’s Scepter. 

With Kim ‘QO’ Seon-yeop absolutely massive on his Monkey King, the rest of Team Secret stood no chance as the Koreans came barreling into their base 38 minutes into the game.

The Overlords are heading to the Semis! We'll be back at 1AM PT as we look to win our first Minor!💚 #IMTDOTA #IMTWIN #PGLOpen

Posted by Immortals gg on Saturday, October 21, 2017

In the series clincher, Immortals showcased some newfound versatility. Instead of sporting the usual ultra-aggressive playstyle most fans have come to associate them with, they instead started prioritizing objectives over kills.

The sudden shift in style caught many of the audiences off guard, and most likely, Team Secret too. The decision would pay off for Immortals; their patience allowed them to deprive Team Secret of their farm and dared them to put all of their faith in Ace’s Terrorblade, who never got the space he needed to take over the game.

Evil Geniuses Silence VGJ.Thunder

The Overlords are heading to the Semis! We'll be back at 1AM PT as we look to win our first Minor!💚 #IMTDOTA #IMTWIN #PGLOpen

Posted by Immortals gg on Saturday, October 21, 2017

For Evil Geniuses to prove that they remain a top tier team, they needed to take care of business against “lesser” teams such as VGJ.ThunderAnd while their second go-round wasn’t exactly a drubbing, it was pretty close to it.

In Game 1, the boys in blue went up against Liu ‘Sylar’ Jiajun and his Anti-Mage. Knowing full well what Sylar was capable of on the hero, Syed Sumail ‘SumaiL’ Hassan, who was already playing an unconventional pick for him in Monkey King, made the decision to match Sylar with a Battle Fury of his own.

The Battle Fury pickup proved very effective. And, coupled with a Gem of True Sight pickup mid-game to counter VGJ.Thunder’s warding positions allowed Evil Geniuses to come back from a slight deficit early game.

As Evil Geniuses’ heroes started to come online, VGJ.Thunder tried their best to buy space for Sylar to farm. But, to no avail, as the constant rotations and the early gem pickup made it seem like Evil Geniuses were everywhere at once.

VGJ.Thunder then tried to go for an all-in push near the end of the game. However, a controversial pause turned into a botched team fight on their side and they lost the game soon after.

GGs to VGJ.Thunder as we power through the match on our way to the Playoff Bracket. We play LGD tomorrow in the second semi-final of the day to have a shot at the Grand Finals. Check out SumaiL's sick bird micro while you wait.

Posted by Evil Geniuses on Saturday, October 21, 2017

In Game 2, Evil Geniuses started to show their potential once and if everything clicks.

With the entire laning phase going in their favor, Evil Geniuses risky cheese strat of picking Visage and Drow Range, as well as two more ranged heroes, allowed them to snowball and never look back.

In just 21 minutes, Evil Geniuses were able to force out a GG with a hefty 20K gold lead in hand.

PGL Open Playoffs Schedule

PGL Open Playoffs

Image via PGL

All four teams in the PGL Open Playoffs right now have already secured Qualifying Points for The International 8 next year. The only thing that remains is for more matches to be played to determine who gets a bigger chunk of the prize pool, more Qualifying Points, and of course, bragging rights.

Mineski and Immortals will open the PGL Open Playoffs tomorrow followed by a match between LGD Gaming and Evil Geniuses. 

Here is a breakdown of the schedule of the matches for tomorrow:

10:40 CEST — Preshow
11:00 CEST — 
Mineski vs Immortals
14:20 CEST — LGD Gaming vs Evil Geniuses
18:40 CEST — BO5 Grand Finals *

* The BO5 Grand Finals will start an hour after the end of the second matchup of the day.

You can watch the game live from the Dota 2 in-game client or on PGL’s official Twitch channel.

Which team do you think will come out of the PGL Open Playoffs on top? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below. 

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