After brilliant performances through the group stages of The International 2019 closed qualifier, Invictus Gaming failed to win a single game in the playoffs and were quickly eliminated.
Invictus Gaming had made it through the first open qualifier for China, surprising everyone as they took down everyone in their path with a squad which had been completely missing in the Dota 2 Pro Circuit. Nobody really expected them to make such an amazing showing at the qualifier, but once they die, the team lost only a single game and looked primed to be one of the top contenders to claim the TI spot. Unfortunately for the team, the playoffs did not go as well as the group stage.
EHOME were the first team that iG were to go up against in the playoffs and on paper, EHOME were not looking the better squad at all. After struggling through the group stage, it seemed as though iG would send EHOME packing, but that was definitely not the case. iG barely scratched the EHOME squad over the two games and would be forced intoo the lower bracket to face Royal Never Give Up – another team that had been doing amazingly thus far. When it came down to it, RNG were far too powerful for iG to deal with and with their second loss of the playoffs, they were sent packing from the qualifiers.
Progressing to the finals of the China closed qualifier was a team that had made it through open qualifiers, CDEC Gaming. Another team that had been completely void of Dota 2 action for the DPC, CDEC has been looking to be a major contender for the final China spot at TI9. The team now wait for their challenger in the final which will come in the form of either EHOME or RNG.
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