In a redo of last year’s lower bracket matchups, OG vs TNC and LGD vs DC sees a different ending this time around.
OG Redeem Themselves
At last year’s TI, OG had all the momentum in the world after coming into the event with plenty of deep runs at premier tournaments and two Majors under their belt.
Their performance during the group stages only made it seem likely that they’d finish TI6 within the top four at the very least.
Unfortunately, that was not the case as they dropped to the lower brackets on the first day of the playoffs, which set up OG vs TNC, a series now known as one of the biggest upsets in TI history.
As fate would have it, Johan ‘N0tail’ Sundstein and Tal ‘Fly’ Aizik found themselves on the brink of elimination yet again, looking at an OG vs TNC rematch.
OG, however, was ready, redeeming themselves by sweeping TNC Pro Team to secure a Top 8 finish for themselves.
Their newest prodigy, Anathan ‘ana’ Pham, was a standout in both games on Invoker (Game 1) and Templar Assassin (Game 2).
OG will definitely need more of such performances from their young midlaner for them to have any chance of taking down the remaining teams, starting with LGD Gaming.
LGD Run Down Digital Chaos
LGD’s matchup against Digital Chaos also came with nearly the same drama as OG vs TNC.
While they weren’t exactly heavy favorites heading into TI6, they remained a solid team and were poised to follow up their third place finish at TI5 with another deep run only for Digital Chaos to eliminate them on the 2nd day of the main event.
Also, lest we forget, DC’s Kanishka ‘Bulba’ Sosale and LGD’s Yao ‘Yao’ Zhengzheng have a little bit of history together after Bulba and Team Liquid upset Yao and LGD Gaming back in TI3.
There were no upsets this time around, however, as LGD Gaming ran down their opponents in a series that lasted less than an hour.
Digital Chaos simply couldn’t handle LGD’s superior team fight and coordination.
Even when Abed Azel ‘Abed’ Yusop picked up Meepo in Game 1, LGD just had an answer for everything DC had to throw at them.
LGD’s carry player, Wang ‘Ame’ Chunyu, also posted yet another stellar Anti-Mage performance, finishing Game 2 with a monstrous 888 GPM and 922 XPM.
The International 7 – The Final Eight
With the conclusion of OG vs TNC and LGD vs DC, we’re now down to eight teams.
Invictus Gaming, Newbee, LFY and Virtus Pro round out the four teams fighting it out at the upper brackets for a Top 3 finish. Meanwhile, we have Team Empire, Team Liquid, OG and LGD in the lower brackets.
Which of the eight remaining teams do you think will win it all this year? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.