Only five teams remain in The International, and two more will be going home before the final day. Whoever is left standing at the end of the day will enjoy their podium finish, and at least US$2.6 million to take home. The stakes are high, and the stage is set. Who will be the top three teams of The International 2018?
PSG.LGD v.s OG
LGD dismantled Liquid easily in the upper bracket. What was supposed to be hyped matchup turned into a 2-0 stomp, as LGD outdrafted, outplayed, and ousted Liquid from the upper bracket. Now, they are definitely considered the favourites to win it all, having already dispatched the other two (VP and Liquid) in this tournament.
OG played a nail-biting series against EG to secure their top three status, as the series went a full three games, with both games two and three one for the ages. Back and forth leads and comebacks eventually culminated in a hard earned victory for OG. Already exceeding all expectations, they will look to continue their fairytale run only a few months after their surprise roster reshuffle.
Really, I would love for OG to continue their fairytale run. Their long time captain and TI champion offlaner leaving their team? Having to play with their coach, a scouted pubstar, and an old teammate that left DOTA to finish school? I couldn’t have written a script better. Howevr, PSG.LGD looks absolutely dominant. Not only have they consistently outdrafted and outplayed the best teams in the tournament, the TI tradition means that a Chinese team has to win it this year. The signs all point to another 2-0 victory for PSG.LGD.