DOTA 2’s The International 2018 – Day 4!

Half of the sixteen teams have been eliminated from the main event, leaving the top eight DOTA teams in the world still fighting for their chance to hold the Aegis aloft. Today will be a lower bracket special, as three more teams will be going home today. Prestige and prize money are at stake here, as the battles only increase in intensity.

Who will be left after another Lower Bracket bloodbath?

Related: A look back at Day 3!

Oh, and also, here are some dogs dressed as DOTA 2 heroes. Only at the biggest e-sports tournament of the year.

All the action’s in the Lower Bracket this time:

[divider]OpTic Gaming v.s.[/divider]
OpTic obliterated Team Serenity in two quick games, barely working up a sweat as they kept their TI dreams alive. All three cores performaed well, including a godlike performance on Storm Spirit and Alchemist by CCNC. Up next is the team that prevented them from getting a direct invite to the International not once, but twice – faced a strong teamfight team in Mineski, almost losing Game 1. However, their coordination and execution proved too much for Mineski, eventually grinding out a win. Game 2 was clearly won by VP against a fatigued Mineski, and VP retains their status as one of the favourites.

VP should take down OpTic with ease. OpTic has only ever won one game against VP. They will have triple that count if they want to take VP down tomorrow, and I find that unlikely. 2-0 to VP.

Related: The Teams to Watch This TI!

[divider]VGJ.Storm v.s. Team Secret[/divider]
VGJ.Storm eviscerated Winstrike in two games with two Drow picks. Resolut1on’s signature hero paid off handsomely as he put in two MVP performances, securing them a meeting against Vici Gaming. Having already secure top eight, VGJ.Storm will want to prove their mettle as one of the best.

Secret is the first team to have a three game series, and what a series it was against Vici Gaming. Losing a hard fought game one to Vici, they nevertheless calmed down and won two quick games against Vici. Secret is a team that

Secret looked a little shaky against Vici, but did kind of find their stride towards the end. VGJ.Storm’s blitzkreig style looks like a good matchup against Secret’s slower, sluggish play. In a matchup heavily decided by the laning, I’ll favour VGJ.Storm. 2-1.

[divider]Winner of Optic v.s. VP v.s. EG[/divider]
EG and OG played an amazing series, a grudge match filled with drama and comebacks of epic proportions. After a strong game one performance by OG, where Topson’s sensational Quas-Wex Invoker dominated, EG was on the ropes in game two. SumaiL turned up huge, and secured the game two for only the second three game series on the main stage so far. The roles were reversed in game three, and SumaiL’s godlike Tiny secured two barracks for EG. However, OG’s young cores showed up big, with ana’s spectre simply proving impossible to kill. An amazing series played by both teams, and EG will feel like they could have won the series.

Regardless of who ends up here, the series will be one for the ages. Either it will be an all-American showdown with OpTic, or the season’s best team in VP, truly, only the fans win. If OpTic reaches here I see EG takes it, but it’s much more likely for VP to be here. VP should take this 2-1.

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