TI7 Group A Recap: Status Quo Unchanged After Day 4

The final day of The International 2017 Group Stage sees no changes to the Group A standing from the day prior as Team Liquid and LGD Gaming continued to showcase their strong form, sweeping their respective matchups.

Fnatic Drops Out of TI

The International 2017 Group Stage

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Fnatic’s exit from The International 7 group stage was likely the most heartbreaking and disappointing.

After winning just 2 games through Day 3 of the group stages, the odds of Fnatic qualifying for the main event were slim. They had to sweep their series against Evil Geniuses and pray that Infamous would go winless against iG.Vitality. 

Neither of those two things happened.

Evil Geniuses absolutely crushed Fnatic in their first game, while Infamous’ offlaner, Renato ‘Kingteka’ Garcia, and his Earthshaker proved too much for iG.Vitality to handle.

Fnatic received news of their early exit in the middle of their 2nd game against Evil Geniuses and suffice to say, spirits were low at that moment as they lost their ancient and the game in just ~15 minutes.

Team Liquid and LGD Assert Their Dominance

The International 2017 Group Stage

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Both Team Liquid and LGD Gaming have dominated Group A since The International 2017 group stage kicked off. However, heading into Day 4, their top two spots weren’t exactly guaranteed just yet.

For Team Liquid, they had to sweep their series against Secret, or else, LGD Gaming had a chance of finishing in 1st place. Meanwhile, LGD Gaming needed to drop TNC Pro Team 2-0, or else, the Philippine-based squad would be in 2nd place, or even be tied for 1st if Team Secret could sweep Team Liquid. 

Unfortunately, neither of those things happened as the champions of the last two pre-TI tournaments, DreamLeague Season 7 and MDL 2017, were the ones who did the sweeping.

It’s Time for the Main Event

The final day of the The International 2017 group stage ended early for the teams in Group A with just eight games slated. And, of those eight games, only one series comes off as huge a surprise, Infamous’ sweeping of iG.Vitality. 

The TI7 SA representatives have shown great form so far and have done a lot to put SA on the competitive scene. However, their lower bracket matchup against OG dims their chances of advancing any further, but who knows?

This is TI, after all, and in a BO1 series, anything can happen.

The International 2017 Group Stage

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The main event will kick off on August 7 at 10:00 PDT / 19:00 CEST with Team Liquid facing off against their chosen opponents, Invictus Gaming.

At 13:00 PDT / 22:00 CEST, the upper bracket matchup between Newbee and Evil Geniuses will start followed soon after by the lower bracket matchups where teams will be fighting for their tournament lives.

Which match are you looking forward to the most on the first day of the main event? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below!

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