Hearts were broken and dreams crushed after four teams were eliminated while another four live to fight another day at the conclusion of the first day of the TI7 lower bracket.
Click here for our TI7 Upper Bracket Day 1 recap.
Cloud9 and IG.Vitality Eliminated
While each exit carried their fair share of disappointments, none broke hearts more than Cloud9 and iG.Vitality’s early exits.
Cloud9 looked strong heading into TI7 and many believed that they a chance to make some noise.
— Nahaz (@NahazDota) August 8, 2017
After barely making it into the playoffs, however, Team Empire shut the door on Cloud9’s chances of making a deep run as Roman ‘Resolut1on’ Fominok posted a masterful performance on Faceless Void.
Also surprising was iG.Vitality’s early exit, as they seemed primed for a breakout.
Unfortunately, Digital Chaos and their ultra-aggressive lineup proved to be too much to handle as they ended the game with a score of 24-8 in just ~33 minutes.
Abed Azel ‘Abed’ Yusop stood out on his Death Prophet where his blink play near the end became the final nail in the proverbial coffin as they pushed high ground soon after and ended the game.
Execration and Infamous were also eliminated on the first day of the TI7 lower bracket playoffs.
Matched up against veteran teams, Team Secret and OG, both teams, who are playing at the TI main event for the first time, simply stood no chance.
TI7 Lower Bracket Teams
Team Secret, Team Empire, OG and Digital Chaos can now breathe easy as they move on from the tension-filled BO1 elimination matches.
Team Liquid now awaits Team Secret after their earlier loss to Invictus Gaming dropped them to the lower brackets. Meanwhile, Evil Geniuses stay true to their reputation as they drop to the lower brackets where they will face Team Empire.
OG and Digital Chaos are now currently waiting for the losers of the upper bracket matchups, LFY vs TNC and LGD vs VP.
Which teams do you think will make it out of Day 2 of the TI7 main event? Will we see a TNC vs OG rematch in Day 3? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.