Day 2 of the TI7 lower bracket ends with Team Liquid taking down Team Secret 2-1 and the EG vs Empire series ending in a 2-0 sweep in favour of the CIS squad.
Team Liquid Secure Top 8 Finish
The opening game of the lower brackets between Team Liquid and Team Secret was the type of back-and-forth series that you’d expect from both teams.
In Game 1, Team Secret, who came into the matchup as underdogs, outplayed and out drafted Team Liquid.
In particular, the legendary captain, Clement ‘Puppey’ Ivanov, was very effective on his Spirit Breaker.
He pressured each one of Liquid’s lanes and helped set the pace for the rest of his team.
In Game 2, Team Liquid drafted around Amer ‘Miracle-‘ Al-Barkawi and his Alchemist. They made sure that Miracle- had enough space to farm so he can carry the team to victory, which he absolutely did.
Miracle- made use of every inch of space his team made for him as he farmed his way to becoming a six-slotted monster in just ~33 minutes.
In the series-clinching game, Team Secret raced out to an early advantage. Puppey was effective yet again on his Spirit Breaker while Yazied ‘YapzOr’ Jaradat proved why he was one of the best Rubick players around.
Unfortunately, Team Liquid’s lineup just had too much sustainability with four of five of their heroes capable of healing themselves and their teammates.
With Troll Warlord leading the push, Team Liquid repeatedly forced their way inside Team Secret’s base until they had no choice but to call GG.
Resolut1on Puts Team Empire on his Back
After visa issues forced Team Empire to play the entire tournament with a stand in, many had already given up on any hopes of them making it out of the group stages, let alone making a deep run.
While their stand-in, Roman ‘Resolut1on’ Fominok, is one of the best carry players in the world, the fact remains they had yet to play together as a group. However, with EG vs Empire ending in a 2-0 sweep in their favor, the stand-in has only stood out.
Resolut1on, though, was not the only stand-out in the EG vs Empire series. Their other carry player, Rostislav ‘fn’ Lozovoi, was not to be outdone as well and was just as prolific as their stand-in.
At the end of the series, both players had combined for a total kill count of 57 to Evil Geniuses’ 48.
While TI has always had its fair share of upsets and surprise runs, few could have ever imagined Evil Geniuses’ run ending as early as it did.
With four more days of competition left, one thing we’re sure of is that EG’s early exit will not be the last.
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