The International 2018 Group Stage Recap – Day 4

Invictus Gaming, paiN Gaming knocked out in Vancouver as Group Stage ends on Day 4. Main Event bracket set to begin Monday.

Day 4 brought an end to the Group Stage action at TI8, as the final series were played and the standings in both groups were finally sorted out. 4 teams entered the day already knowing where they would end up in the Main Event Bracket, but the other 14 were all fighting to improve their positions. At the end of the day, Group A remained largely unchanged, with the 1st through 7th place teams staying in their positions. At the bottom of the group, Winstrike Team was able to force a tiebreaker that it subsequently won to claim the last Group A slot in the Main Event. In Group B, there was quite a bit of movement, as 6 of the 9 teams ended up moving at least 1 spot in the standings. OpTic Gaming won 4 straight matches as well as its tiebreaker match in order to move up 5 spaces and snatch an Upper Bracket slot, and Team Secret moved itself into that same tiebreaker in order to lock down an Upper Bracket position of its own. Meanwhile, TNC Predator, Vici Gaming, and paiN Gaming all suffered some less ideal shifts in their position. TNC Predator and Vici Gaming still ended up surviving and advancing to the Main Event, but paiN Gaming was eliminated from TI8 altogether.

Squads ranked in the Top 8 on the Pro Circuit:
Against non-Top 8 ranked squads: 4-3 (Day 4); 44-37 (Cumulative)
Combined overall record: 13-12 (Day 4); 69-62 (Cumulative)

Squads ranked outside of the Top 8 on the Pro Circuit:
Against Top 8 ranked squads: 3-4 (Day 4); 37-44 (Cumulative)
Combined overall record: 15-16 (Day 4); 79-86 (Cumulative)

Standings

Group A

Pos. Team Record
1st 600px-Team_liquid_logo_2017    Team Liquid 13-3
2nd Evil Geniuses    Evil Geniuses 13-3
3rd PSG LGD    PSG.LGD 11-5
4th 425px-OG_RB_Logo    OG 9-7
5th Fnaticlogo    Fnatic 7-9
6th VGJ Thunder small VGJ.Thunder 6-10
7th 600px-Mineski-dota_logo    Mineski 5-11
8th Winstrike Team Winstrike Team 4-12 (2-0 Tiebreaker)
9th 600px-Ig_logo    Invictus Gaming 4-12 (0-2 Tiebreaker)

Group B

Pos. Team Record
1st VGJ Storm small     VGJ.Storm 12-4
2nd Virtus Pro       Virtus.pro 10-6
3rd Secret_logo Team Secret 8-8 (1-0 Tiebreaker)
4th OpTic_Gaming    OpTic Gaming 8-8 (1-0 Tiebreaker)
5th Newbee_logo       Newbee 8-8 (0-2 Tiebreaker)
6th Tncproteam       TNC Predator 7-9
7th Team Serenity  Team Serenity 7-9
8th Vici Gaming small       Vici Gaming 7-9
9th paiN Gaming alt    paiN Gaming 5-11

Team Performances

With the Group Stage now officially at an end, the group standings fully updated, and the Main Event Bracket now set, we can take a short look at how each of the team’s stacked up on the final day of the play in this first segment of TI8. This section will not be particularly in depth, but VODs of the official TI streams will likely be up on Twitch and Youtube and websites like dotabuff and datdota will have match information for those looking for a more thorough examination of the matches. For each of the teams, their name, records, and daily matches will be outlined as shown below, along with a short summary and a look at their upcoming matches at the TI8 Main Event beginning Monday, August 20th.

Format: Team Name (Record for Day) (Record Overall) (Record in Tiebreakers): [Matches for Day]

Group A

Evil Geniuses Evil Geniuses (2-0) (13-3): [Win vs Fnatic]:

There wasn’t a whole lot be get excited about on Day 4 for Evil Geniuses, as the North American squad was already guaranteed a place in the Upper Bracket of the Main Event. However, there was the matter of seeding that was still undecided, as the team still had the chance to reclaim its former 1st place position depending on how the final series of Group A went. EG managed to do everything that it could on its own end, taking down Fnatic 2-0 with back to back solid performances that dropped its opponent down to the Lower Bracket while improving its own record to 13-3. Unfortunately, that win wasn’t enough to get EG back on top, as Team Liquid also pulled off a 2-0 win to retain the 1st place position thanks to its head to head result against EG. That being said, Evil Geniuses is still set to advance to the Upper Bracket, where it will face off against Team Secret in a Bo3 series on Tuesday with a guaranteed Top 6 finish on the line.

Fnaticlogo Fnatic (0-2) (7-9): [Loss vs Evil Geniuses]:

Fnatic started Day 4 of the Group Stage outside of the top half of the Group A standings for the first time since play began at TI8, with just 1 series left on its schedule. The bad news for the team was that it needed help from the other teams in its group if it wanted to reclaim that position in the top half of the standings and secure an Upper Bracket spot. Before taking into account any performances from its group mates, Fnatic first needed to handle things on its own end by securing at least 1 win in its final series against Evil Geniuses. Unfortunately, the Southeast Asian squad wasn’t able to accomplish this, as the team fell short against EG for a 0-2 loss that tanked its chances at reaching the Upper Bracket. At 7-9, the squad is not locked into the 5th place position in Group A, and will advance to the Lower Bracket of the Main Event to play a Bo1 Elimination Match on Monday against Team Serenity.

600px-Ig_logo Invictus Gaming (0-0) (4-12) (Tiebreaker: 0-2): [Loss vs Winstrike Team (tiebreaker)]:

Invictus Gaming began Day 4 of the Group Stage with a 4-12 record and the 8th place position in the Group A standings, sitting just 1 win above Winstrike Team in the elimination spot. At the start of the day, Invictus Gaming was set to simply be a spectator for the Game 4 matches, as the Chinese squad had already completed its original schedule on Day 3. Despite having completed its Group Stage matches, Invictus Gaming was not secure in its position, as Winstrike Team had 1 series left and could potentially eliminate iG or force it into a tiebreaker scenario. A 1-1 split for Winstrike Team brought it up to a 4-12 record overall and called iG back into action for a tiebreaker series to determine which squad would survive the Group Stage and advance to the Lower Bracket of the Main Event. After breaking through in a back and forth match in Game 1, iG was rolled over in Game 2 for a 0-2 loss. With that loss, Invictus Gaming’s time at The International 2018 comes to a close, with the Chinese squad finishing in the 17th-18th place position overall.

600px-Mineski-dota_logo Mineski (0-2) (5-11): [Loss vs PSG.LGD]:

Mineski entered Day 4 of the Group Stage already knowing that it was destined for a spot in the Lower Bracket of the Main Event regardless of how it performed in its final series. However, the team did have a chance to potentially deny its opponent, PSG.LGD, from securing a place in the top half of the Group A standings and a spot in the Upper Bracket. Unfortunately, the Southeast Asian squad wasn’t able to pull off that feat, as the team was taken down in both of its matches by a fairly convincing margin. To be fair, the team’s only motivation being a small chance to hurt PSG.LGD’s Group A standing wasn’t exactly a recipe for an all out, do or die sort of performance from Mineski. However, claiming at least 1 match against one of the TI8 favorites coming into the event would have been a significant boost in confidence and momentum for the squad. As it stands, the team finishes its Group Stage run in the 7th place position in Group A, and will face off against regional rival TNC Predator in a Bo1 Elimination Match on Monday.

425px-OG_RB_Logo OG (1-1) (9-7): [Draw vs Winstrike Team]:

OG entered the final day of the Group Stage in a fairly high pressure situation, as the team was attempting to maintain its hold on a place in the top half of the standings in Group A. At 8-6, the team needed at least 1 win in its final series against Winstrike Team in order to secure at least a tiebreaker match for an Upper Bracket spot against Fnatic, VGJ,Thunder, or both. The team did manage to secure that win, splitting a series 1-1 against Winstrike Team thanks to an incredible comeback victory in Game 2. As luck would have it, the European squad ended up not actually needing that win at all in order to claim its coveted Upper Bracket spot, as both Fnatic and VGJ.Thunder suffered 0-2 losses in their final Group Stage series and ended their runs with worse records than what OG began the day with. With its Group Stage campaign at an end, OG sits in 4th place in the Group A standings, and will advance to the Upper Bracket to play against VGJ.Storm in a Bo3 series on Tuesday.

PSG LGD PSG.LGD (2-0) (11-5): [Win vs Mineski]:

PSG.LGD entered Day 4 sitting in the top half of the standings in Group A, but the team still needed just a little bit more in order to lock down that position and secure itself a place in the Upper Bracket. The Chinese squad came ready to play in its final series of the Group Stage, as the team earned a convincing 2-0 win over Mineski. PSG.LGD was in control of both matches from the earliest stages, and never too kits foot off the gas pedal to shut down Mineski and improve its overall record to 11-5. With that record, the team locks down the 3rd place position in Group A and will advance to the Upper Bracket of the Main Event to play a Bo3 series on Monday against Virtus.pro.

600px-Team_liquid_logo_2017 Team Liquid (2-0) (13-3): [Win vs VGJ.Thunder]:

Team Liquid came into Day 4 of the Group Stage knowing that it was already locked into the Upper Bracket of the Main Event, but it still had something to play for in its final series. The team still needed to put up an equal or better record than Evil Geniuses in order to maintain its hold over the 1st place position in the Group A standings, and the defending TI Champion was able to pull that off with a 2-0 win over VGJ.Thunder. Team Liquid was pretty much in full control of both matches against the Chinese squad, claiming back to back wins in just under 70 minutes of total game time and holding the net worth lead for all but a handful of those minutes. At 13-3, Team Liquid’s record is even with Evil Geniuses, but thanks to Team Liquid having beaten the North American squad 2-0 in their Day 3 match up, it lays claim to the top spot in Group A. Team Liquid will advance to the Upper Bracket of the Main Event, where it will play against OpTic Gaming in a Bo3 series on Monday.

VGJ Thunder small VGJ.Thunder (0-2) (6-10): [Loss vs Team Liquid]:

After one of the weaker starts to the Group Stage, VGJ.Thunder entered Day 4 with a shot at sneaking its way into the top half of the Group A standings and claiming a place in the Upper Bracket of the Main Event. The squad was going to need quite a lot of help to reach that position though, as it needed both a loss from OG and either a loss or draw from Fnatic in their respective final series. On top of that, the Chinese squad would have to secure a 2-0 win over TI7 Champion Team Liquid, and all of that would only be enough to trigger a tiebreaker scenario for the final spot in the top half of the standings. Things fell apart on step 1 though, as VGJ.Thunder lost 0-2 to Team Liquid in fairly convincing fashion and was locked into the 6th place position in Group A. Despite the team’s slow start in Vancouver, it still managed to survive the Group stage and advance to the Main Event, where it will face fellow Chinese squad Vici Gaming in the Lower Bracket in a Bo1 Elimination Match on Monday.

Winstrike Team Winstrike Team (1-1) (4-12) (Tiebreaker: 2-0): [Draw vs OG]:

Winstrike Team came into Day 4 of the Group Stage with its TI life on the line, as the squad sat in the 9th place position in Group A and was at risk of being eliminated from the event. The good news for the CIS squad was that it knew exactly what it needed to do in order to stay alive and secure a place in the Lower Bracket. A win in its final series against OG would put Winstrike team into the Main Event outright, while a draw would force a tiebreaker scenario against Invictus Gaming. An increidbly aggressive strategy allowed Winstrike Team to claim a Game 1 win against OG in just under 25 minutes. However, the team stumbled in Game 2, blowing a massive net worth lead in the late-game and allowing OG to claim a comeback win that dropped Winstrike Team to a 4-12 record overall. That left the squad tied with Invictus Gaming for the 8th place position, leading to a tiebreaker series to determine which team would be eliminated. After a long and drawn out fight in Game 1 of the series, Winstrike Team was able to pull out a narrow victory, and followed that win up with an absolute stomp in Game 2 to take the series 2-0 and secure itself a place in the Main Event. Now that it has survived the Group Stage, the CIS squad can turn its attention to its Lower Bracket match up, as Winstrike Team is set to play Newbee in a Bo1 Elimination Match on Monday.

Group B

Newbee_logo Newbee (2-0) (8-8) (tiebreaker: 0-2): [Win vs Team Secret, Loss vs OpTic Gaming (tiebreaker), Loss vs Team Secret (tiebreaker)]:

Newbee entered Day 4 just 1 position shy of a place in the top half of the Group B standings with just 1 series left in its Group Stage schedule. The Chinese squad needed help from some of its group mates in order to make a run at that position and an Upper Bracket slot in the Main Event, but first it needed to claim at least 1 win in its final series against Team Secret. The team ended up getting 2, as Newbee clawed its way to a hard fought 2-0 victory in a series that lasted over 2 hours of game time. As it turns out, Newbee ended up need both of those wins, as its now 8-8 record was enough to put it in a 3 way tiebreaker for the final 2 Upper Bracket slots of Group B. Unfortunately, Newbee’s success did not carry over into the tiebreaker matches, with the Chinese squad losing Bo1 matches to both Team Secret and OpTic Gaming to finish last among the 3 tied squads. The performance dropped Newbee down into the 5th place position in Group B, and Newbee will now advance to the Lower Bracket of the Main Event beginning Monday with a Bo1 Elimination Match against Winstrike Team.

OpTic_Gaming OpTic Gaming (4-0) (8-8) (tiebreaker: 1-0): [Win vs paiN Gaming, Win vs Vici Gaming, Win vs Newbee (tiebreaker)]:

As the team sat the very bottom of the Group B standings, OpTic Gaming knew that it had quite a task set before it on Day 4 of the Group Stage. The squad needed as many wins as it could get its hands on if it wanted to move out of the 9th place position in the standings, and it would need a near perfect run to have any shot at threatening for a place in the top half of the standings. A perfect run is exactly what the North American squad put together, as OpTic Gaming defeatead both paiN Gaming and Vici Gaming for a 4-0 record in its scheduled series. That performance raised the team’s record up to 8-8, and put OpTic Gaming in a 3 way tie with Newbee and Team Secret for the final 2 Upper Bracket slots in the group. OpTic Gaming won its opening tiebreaker match against Newbee, and a subsequent loss from the Chinese squad against Team Secret brought the tiebreaker to a swift conclusion. At the end of Day 4, OpTic Gaming had made a meteoric run up the standings, moving from 9th place to 4th with 5 straight wins. Now, the North American squad will have to hope that it can carry over some of its considerable momentum into the Main Event, as OpTic Gaming is set to face of against OpTic Gaming in a Bo3 series on Monday.

paiN Gaming alt paiN Gaming (0-4) (5-11): [Loss vs OpTic Gaming, Loss vs Team Serenity]:

Entering Day 4 in a 3 way tie for 6th place in the Group B standings, paiN Gaming was in desperate need of a solid performance as it played its final 2 series of the Group Stage. The South American squad still had a shot at a spot in the top half of the standings, but were also not safe from elimination either with just 2 wins separating the teams in 4th and 9th place. Unfortunately, paiN Gaming dropped the ball in a massive way on Day 4, as the team failed to earn a single win across its 4 matches and dropped all the way down into 9th place in the standings. The squad was simply out matched and out played at every turn, as the squad lost all 4 matches by a wide margin and held a net worth lead for just minutes across both series. The team’s 0-4 record on Day 4 and 5-11 overall record leaves it at the bottom of the Group B standings, which means that paiN Gaming’s run at TI8 has officially come to an end as it is eliminated in the Group Stage.

Secret_logo Team Secret (2-2) (8-8) (tiebreaker: 1-0): [Win vs TNC Predator, Loss vs Newbee, Win vs Newbee (tiebreaker)]:

Team Secret began the day in the 4th place position in Group B, but the European squad’s quest to retain its position in the top half of the standings was certainly more harrowing than it may have anticipated at the beginning of Day 4. A strong 2-0 victory over TNC Predator had the team feeling confident in itself, as it needed just 1 more victory in order to secure itself a place in the Upper Bracket of the Main Event. Unfortunately, the team couldn’t secure that win in its final series against Newbee, as the Chinese squad refused to give up without a fight and fought its way to an incredible 2-0 win in a series that lasted over 2 hours of in-game time. At the end of that series, Team Secret was sitting on a 8-8 overall record that had it tied with both OpTic Gaming and the very same Newbee squad that it had just lost to. A 3 way tiebreaker ensued, although Team Secret only ended up having to play a single game in that tiebreaker, earning its revenge against Newbee by winning the Bo1 match up between the 2 teams. Since Newbee had already lost its first match against OpTic Gaming, its 0-2 record dropped it into the Lower Bracket. Since Team Secret owned the better head to head result against OpTic Gaming, its has able to claim the 3rd place position in Group A without playing another tiebreaker match. Though its final day in the Group Stage was a bit more tense than it may have preferred, Team Secret managed to get itself into the Upper Bracket in the end, and now awaits Evil Geniuses for a Bo3 series on Tuesday in the TI8 Main Event.

Team Serenity Team Serenity (2-2) (7-9): [Loss vs VGj.Storm, Win vs paiN Gaming]:

Day 4 was do-or-die time for Team Serenity at TI8, as the squad began the day sitting in a 3 way tie near the bottom of the Group B standings. The Chinese squad had 2 series left to play on its schedule, and had an opportunity to finish inside of the top half of the standings or to fall all way into the 9th place position and face elimination from TI. With its fate in Vancouver on the line, Team Serenity was able to put together a solid record across its final 4 games of the Group Stage, coming away with a 2-2 record that kept it safe from elimination. That outcome appeared to be in jeopardy at the beginning of the day, as the squad was demolished by Group B leader VGJ.Storm in an incredibly quick 0-2 loss in its first series. However, the Chinese team was able to recover nicely and took advantage of a struggling paiN Gaming squad to claim a 2-0 win and secure itself a place in the Lower Bracket of the Main Event. For a team that many considered to be one of the weakest in the field at TI8, avoiding elimination comes as a significant achievement, but Team Serenity isn’t likely to be satisfied at that. The team will face its first Lower Bracket match up on Monday in a Bo1 Elimination Match against Fnatic.

Tncproteam TNC Predator (0-2) (7-9): [Loss vs Team Secret]:

TNC Predator began Day 4 in 3rd place in the Group B standings, but it needed at least 1 win in its final series of the Group Stage in order to set itself up for a spot in the top half of the standings or at least a tiebreaker for that position. Unfortunately, the Southeast Asian squad was out played in its series against Team Secret, as the European squad claimed back to back lopsided victories to hand TNC Predator a 0-2 loss. In both matches, the team proved unable to keep pace in the mid and late-game stages, and that lack of power over the second half of its matches left it incapable of turning the tides against Team Secret. With the squad’s loss on Day 4, its overall record drops to 7-9, and the team’s hopes of advancing to the Upper Bracket have been dashed. The Southeast Asian squad will have to begin its campaign at the Main Event of TI8 from the Lower Bracket, where it will face off against Mineski in Round 1 on Monday in a Bo1 Elimination Match.

VGJ Storm small VGJ.Storm (2-2) (12-4): [Win vs Team Serenity, Loss vs Virtus.pro]:

VGJ.Storm came in to the final day of the Group Stage knowing that it was already guaranteed a place in the top half of the Group B standings and a place in the Upper Bracket of the Main Event. However, the team’s seeding was not yet secure, as there was still a chance that the North American squad could lose its 1st place position depending on how the day’s matches progressed. A dominant 2-0 series to begin the day against Team Serenity combined with a loss from Virtus.pro against Vici Gaming proved to be enough to secure that top position, meaning the team’s final series would have no impact on its own standing in Group B. However, the team had a chance to potentially send Virtus.pro into a tiebreaker scenario if it could win its series against the CIS squad. The North American squad suffered its first series loss against VP though, ending VGJ.Storm’s Group Stage run at the top of Group B with a 12-4 record overall. That finish advances the team into the Upper Bracket of the Main Event, where it will play OG in a Bo3 series on Tuesday.

Vici Gaming small Vici Gaming (2-2) (7-9): [Win vs Virtus.Pro, Loss vs OpTic Gaming]:

Vici Gaming entered Day 4 of the Group Stage as a member of the tense, 3 way tie for the 6th place position, but the Chinese squad has a big opportunity to improve its position in Group B with 2 series scheduled for the day. The day began with an absolutely incredible 2-0 win over Virtus.pro that actually had Vici Gaming in a position to threaten for a place in the top half of the standings and an Upper Bracket slot at the Main Event. Unfortunately, the squad’s momentum appeared to abandon it in its final series against OpTic Gaming, as the North American squad dominated the match up to claim a lopsided 2-0 victory. The loss in that series brought Vici Gaming’s ambitions of earning an Upper Bracket position to an abrupt end, but the good news for the Chinese squad was that its 2-2 record was enough to keep it out of an elimination scenario in the Group Stage. However, the squad will immediately be facing an elimination scenario at the Main Event in Vancouver, as the squad will begin its Lower Bracket run with a Bo1 Elimination Match against VGJ.Thunder on Monday.

Virtus Pro Virtus.pro (2-2) (10-6): [Loss vs Vici Gaming, Win vs VGJ.Storm]:

Virtus.pro needed just 1 more win on Day 4 in order to lock down its position in the top half of the Group B standing and secure a place in the Upper Bracket, and the CIS squad had 4 chances to earn that win with 2 series scheduled for the day. Things got tense pretty early into VP’s day though, as the team lost its first series of the day 0-2 against Chinese squad Vici Gaming. A blowout loss in Game 1 combined with a lost lead in Game 2 put the team’s Upper Bracket hopes in jeopardy heading into an incredibly tough match up with Group B leader VGJ.Storm. In a strange twist, VP was able to hand the North American squad its first and only 0-2 loss of the Group Stage, with VP puling off 2 incredibly one sided victories to emphatically secure a 2nd place finish in Group B. With a 10-6 record and its 2nd place position, VP will advance to the Upper Bracket, where it is set to play PSG.LGD in a Bo3 series on Monday.

Main Event Bracket

TI8 Main Event Bracket
Complete Bracket via Liquidpedia.net
TI8 Main Event Bracket Close up
Upper & Lower Bracket Round 1

Main Event Day 1 Match Ups

Upper Bracket

600px-Team_liquid_logo_2017 Team Liquid vs OpTic_Gaming OpTic Gaming – Bo3

Virtus Pro Virtus.pro vs PSG LGD PSG.LGD – Bo3

 

Lower Bracket

Fnaticlogo Fnatic vs Team Serenity Team Serenity – Bo1

Tncproteam TNC Predator vs 600px-Mineski-dota_logo Mineski – Bo1

Newbee_logo Newbee vs Winstrike Team Winstrike Team – Bo1

VGJ Thunder small VGJ.Thunder vs Vici Gaming small Vici Gaming – Bo1

 

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