Dota 2 The International 6: Main Event Day #3

 

 

Can EG repeat history, only 8 teams remain!

By Jeremy Say

We are halfway through the main event with half of the teams eliminated so far. Already Day 3 of the main event, and two more teams are eliminated from the tournament, closing down on the sure-to-be tight finals. We must say GGWP to Alliance and Newbee for games well fought and congratulate Wings Gaming and Evil Geniuses (EG) for securing a top 3 finish. Not only did two of the most entertaining teams to watch, MVP Phoenix and Wings, clash in a spectacular brawl, but the  EHOME vs EG clash was arguably one of the best series of TI6 so far.

LB Round 2

Alliance vs Fnatic

2 Game Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NBTXP76X88

Game 1

Match ID: http://www.dotabuff.com/matches/2562091541   

  • As with any game with Bounty Hunter minor skirmishes occur across the map during the laning phase
  • Alliance slowly takes the lead in kills and towers, but Fnatic was still ahead in terms of net worth
  • By 16 minutes with the Roshan taken by Fnatic, map control was taken away from Alliance
  • Both teams continue to pick each other off as another Roshan goes to Fnatic leading to a 2 for 1 trade in Fnatic's favor
  • A beautiful scan scouts out Alliance’ movement which lead to smoke by Fnatic at their T2 top as take take another favorable engagement 3 for 1
  • Alliance known for their Roshan plays, attempted Roshan at around 39 minutes, only to have it snactched away with the Aegis by Bounty Hunter allowing Fnatic to trade 4 for 1
  • Alliance defends their base and was able to eventually kite and kill MuShi’s Sven, delaying the game
  • Even the fourth Roshan and Aegis wasn’t enough to breach high ground as MidOne, MuShi and Loda fell and bought back
  • Fnatic made good use of Shadow Demon’s Disruption to slowly siege the Alliance’s base and took a patient approach
  • The game finally ended with MidOne committing fully to jumping Loda and the other supports, forcing diebacks all the while AdmiralBulldog who was picked off earlier was waiting to respawn and had no buyback.
  • MidOne ends the game with an ultra Kill as Alliances calls the first GG

Game 2

Match ID: http://www.dotabuff.com/matches/2562207201    

  • Alliance in a dominating fashion quickly took the lead 26 minutes into the game with 20 kills to 8, due to amazing Nature’s Prophet and Enchantress early game
  • MuShi’s Faceless Void proved the turning point as he quickly leapfrogged to the top of the net worth and using the diffusal to great effect
  • With  Ohaiyo’s Batrider able to catch up on farm, Alliance slowly crumbled during the teamfights
  • Couple of well timed initiations from Batrider and Faceless Void Chronosphere proved the final nail in the coffin as Alliance is eliminated from the tournament

Newbee vs Team Liquid

3 Game Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0sdKnpyl90    

Game 1

Match ID: http://www.dotabuff.com/matches/2562303634

  • KuroKy’s Kunkka came out in full force with sand king for a 12-0 lead 17 minutes in
  • Newbee’ Naga was able to farm eventually, thanks to the Nyx Assassin/Lifestealer combo able to pick off Fata and Matumbaman’s Mirana and Ember Spirit
  • Liquid slowly loses control of the game as pickoff after pickoff occurs leading to Newbee regain map control and control over Roshan
  • Matumbaman bought the desperation Divine Rapier at 50:44 with a brand new Aegis they managed to sneak in
  • Game still ended in Newbee favor as Ember Spirit couldn’t solo carry his team

Game 2

Match ID: http://www.dotabuff.com/matches/2562388622

  • Liquid draft the dreaded Shadow Demon/Mirana combo and an Undying trilane
  • Early game was a breeze for Liquid as the Shadow Demon’s Disruption set up so many kills
  • The snowball lead, ability to push and quickly pick off heroes with the Mirana had Newbee call GG at 17 minutes as they only had 3 kills to Liquid’s 20

Game 3

Match ID: http://www.dotabuff.com/matches/2562425844

  • Newbee first picks Wisp
  • Liquid once again pick up Shadow Demon, Mirana and Undying.
  • Mirana/Undying middle was able to pressure and out farm Morphling/Io
  • The game was a back and forth as the score is near even 8-9 at 15 minutes in Liquid’s favor
  • Behind all this Anti-Mage is able to free farm as Liquid plays 4v5
  • Anti-Mage by 18 minutes had Battle Fury, Yasha, Vladmir’s Offering and Power Threads
  • 19 minutes, Liquid took Roshan and Newbee gave Anti-Mage a triple kill and then soon a double
  • Liquid did not push their advantage aggressively but took it slow as to not throw the game
  • Liquid took a 30 minute Roshan and slowly push Newbee out of the tournament at 36 minutes

UB Semifinals

MVP Phoenix vs Wings Gaming

2 Game Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0P0PP1j6DA    

Game 1

Match ID: http://www.dotabuff.com/matches/2562482317    

  • Wings drafted a five ranged Drow lineup, while MVP.Qo’s had his signature Phantom Assassin
  • MVP started off with their aggressive style with a pre-rune spawn first blood
  • MVP while able to pick off heroes, Wings took early towers
  • MVP secured Roshan at the 14 minute mark despite a rampaging Warlock earlier
  • MP’s invoker underperformed/underfarmed and was constantly picked off
  • 28 minutes in Wings turned the game around marched down mid barracks for a 32 minute GG

Game 2

Match ID: http://www.dotabuff.com/matches/2562521800   

  • MVP had a point to prove as they drafted five melee heroes again
  • Wings took tournament favorites Elder Titan, Faceless Void, and Batrider
  • First blood goes to MVP and Spirit Breaker’s 17% bash chance
  • 7 minutes in 7 kills for MVP, however oddly the courier wasn’t upgraded
  • 15 minutes, Wings slowly were able to counter MVP’s aggression
  • MVP never found their footing again as Wings took minimal losses in every teamfight 0/1-4
  • Wings.Faith was so far ahead that he 1v3ed MVP and still survived and claimed a victory over MVP Phoenix

EHOME vs Evil Geniuses (EG)

2 Game Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwSQv_sNZBI     

Game 1

Match ID: http://www.dotabuff.com/matches/2562582896    

  • EG fed EHOME’s Timber/Warlock safelane and jungle Beastmaster 5 early kills
  • EG lost their T1 Tower by 6 minutes
  • EG ceded four more kills in a horrible mid T1 defense, letting EHOME dominate the early game
  • EHOME map dominance and control of the Roshan pit allowed for and easy Aegis pick-up
  • 18 minutes in and EG’s T3 defenses were tested
  • Old Chicken’s Juggernaut with the Aegis overextended as Universe place a beautiful Chronosphere, leading to four dead for EHOME and EG’s base successfully defended
  • Midgame EG took back control, at 27 minutes SumaiL’s Mirana was topping the net worth charts
  • After the 40 minute mark, the BKB purchase on EHOME’s Timbersaw gave EHOME a much needed edge and securing Roshan and the Aegis plus cheese
  • SumaiL’s Ethereal Blade-Dagon combo proved too much for EHOME trying to break high ground as BKB heroes were kited
  • EG was able to slowly siege EHOME’s base with help of illusions taking the first melee barracks
  • A wild back and forth game, EHOME eventually managed to take EG’s base for megas
  • EG barely held on to their T4’s with triple Dagons and death marched down mid
  • Epic battle from dire’s base all the way back to radiant’s fountain as Juggernaut makes a last ditch effort to base race
  • Universe’s Faceless Void ends the game with a GG Divine Rapier

 

Game 2

Match ID: http://www.dotabuff.com/matches/2562671370    

  • EG and EHOME seemed to start the drafts similar to the first game
  • EHOME tried to counter the Drow Ranger by offensively trilaning, but EG’s supports proved deadly and secured first blood causing Warlock into the jungle
  • With Warlock in the Jungle this gave space for EHOME’s Axe to be on the top of the net worth charts at 10 minutes
  • EHOME’s Timbersaw didn’t fare so well as Drow’s Precision Aura proved too much
  • With Axe’s blink dagger, EHOME proceed to five-man smoke looking for a pickoff, however a timely Disruption and a well placed Chronosphere from Universe netted three kills for EG instead
  • Midgame everything was defined by a Chronosphere, and EG’s better teamfight potential won out
  • After securing Roshan, a siege at 36 minutes began on EHOME’s base
  • With the tank of a Medusa whittling away at towers and a Shadow Demon for protection, EHOME couldn’t mount a proper defense and called GG
  • EG are in the top 3 and are only two series away from being repeat champions of The International

 

 


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