Somethings never change. In a repeat of their performance at TI8, OG managed to 2-1 Evil Geniuses in the Upper Bracket Semi-Finals to book a rematch against PSG.LGD in the Winner Bracket Finals.
This was one of the most hyped up matches of the tournament. Fans speculated upon whether EG will get their revenge for last year’s loss or whether OG would continue their win streak against the North Americans.
Evil Geniuses vs OG
Game 1: In one of the most one-sided games we’ve seen in this International, Evil Geniuses carved apart the OG lineup to race off to an early lead. None of OG’s heroes were able to withstand the sheer damage that Evil Geniuses were dishing out in the lane, and ended up losing the laning phase.
Arteezy, in particular, was on top of his game, farming up a ridiculous 21-minute Manta and Butterfly averaging a GPM of 814. With the overwhelming amount of farm and resultant damage on their cores, EG were able to close out the game in just 30:44 minutes to secure a 1-0 lead.
Game 2: Arteezy was once again handed his signature Terrorblade. However, this time OG were prepared for it and drafted lane dominators to shut him down. Both s4 and Arteezy were picked apart by constant rotations from Topson’s Tiny and Jerax’s Earthshaker while ana farmed for the late-game on his Midas Faceless Void.
Although SumaiL was able to buy some time for Arteezy to rack up some farm on his Terrorblade and recover, OG was still able to hold on to their advantage thanks to ana’s overfarmed Void and managed to close out the game, teamwiping EG to tie up the series 1-1.
Game 3: The deciding game saw OG pick up an aggressive push heavy lineup, while EG resorted to a classic Anti Mage draft. Even though Evil Geniuses managed to win two lanes, Ceb managed to get himself off to a great start and decimated the NA squad in the mid game.
Every single play that EG attempted was spotted and shut down, with Jerax and Ceb making the right rotations every single time. Eventually, ana became a lategame force that EG was simply unable to handle.
He easily took down EG’s racks without much opposition and forced the GG call.
After the game, many were excited for the handshake between n0tail and Fly. However, unlike last year, nothing out of the ordinary occurred.
OG will now face PSG.LGD in the Winner Bracket Finals while EG drops down to the lower brackets. The NA team will face the winner of the RNG vs Team Liquid matchup.