Elimination was on the cards as EPICENTER continued with two lower bracket best-of-one match ups. The first would be between Alliance and Infamous while the second was a massive battle of titans between OG and Evil Geniuses.
Alliance were looking to move forward at the EPICENTER Major as a high placed finish would give the team enough Dota 2 Pro Circuit points to reach The International 2019. Their opponents would be the South American hopefuls, Infamous. The game was over quickly with Alliance just running over Infamous without too much trouble. Unfortunately for the South Americans, that would be the end of their Major experience and if they would make it to TI9, they’d have to brave regional qualifiers.
Next up was a gigantic battle between two winners of The International and old teammates too as OG and EG fought for tournament survival. For OG, the stakes were extremely high because of their want to reach TI9 via DPC points – while they seemed fairly certain at this moment in time, anything could happen to knock them off from their pedestal. OG were also still without their stalwart Johan ‘n0tail’ Sundstein as he is still feeling sick.
The match was fairly one sided in the early period with EG going for an Alchemist mid-lane pick which allowed them control of the game. However, even with control, OG were quick to pounce when given the chance. The game was everything we could have expected from such a huge matchup and in the end, OG were able to prevail in the only way they know how – turning the tides. EG were just never able to really fight against what was being thrown at them, which included a double-Butterfly Anathan ‘ana’ Pham Slark.
OG’s victory will see them march forward in the lower bracket of EPICENTER and all that done without their captain, but they will have to face Team Secret next. EG don’t even get close to third place as they exit the Major in the bottom ranks.
The day is not over just yet at EPICENTER with one last series remaining; a best-of-three upper bracket semi-final between TNC Predator and Vici Gaming.
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