Invictus Gaming Lives To See Another Day in TI11 China Qualifiers
With elimination on the line, Invictus Gaming and LBZS faced each other in the second round of the Lower Bracket for The International 2022 (TI11) China Qualifiers with the winner continuing its journey in the qualifiers. Despite an impressive showing from LBZS, Invictus Gaming will move on in the Lower Bracket as it defeated LBZS in an amazing series, securing a 2-1 scoreline.
Invictus Gaming will face ShenZhen in the Lower Bracket Round 3 tomorrow as it continues its journey in the China Regional Qualifiers, eliminating LBZS in the process.
Invictus Gaming vs LBZS: Match recap
Going into the match, both teams had roster changes before the regional qualifiers. However, people were looking at Invictus Gaming as the favorites to win the series as its roster had more experienced players.
In Game One , Invictus Gaming drafted Monkey King, Lina, Mars, Dazzle and Marci while LBZS decided to draft Phantom Lancer (PL), Queen of Pain (QOP) and Pangolier supported by Enchantress and Earthshaker.
Although the game went in the way of Invictus Gaming in the first 20 minutes, the late game was heavily shifting towards LBZS’s favor as they shut down Jin "flyfly" Zhiyi’s Monkey King. While Zhou "Emo" Yi’s Lina was allowing IG to come back into the game, LBZS’s teamplay was simply flawless as LBZS secures Game One at the 50th minute mark.
Game Two saw LBZS drafting Troll Warlord, Winter Wyvern and Primal Beast while retaining both Pangolier and QOP. On the other hand, Invictus Gaming went with a more stable draft, picking Spectre, Ember Spirit and Dawnbreaker supported by Marci and Skywrath Mage.
During the early game, LBZS dominated the laning stage as they had the networth advantage during the first 20 minutes of the game. However, Xu ``fy'' Linsen's Marci was crucial in catching LBZS’s heroes off guard as both flyfly and Emo managed to turn things around for IG. The game ends at 42 minutes as IG forces a Game Three decider.
Game Three saw LBZS drafted the lineup of Lifestealer, Death Prophet, Tidehunter, Phoenix and Tusk. On the other hand, Invictus Gaming went with an aggressive draft, picking up Morphling, QOP, Pangolier, Earth Spirit and Ancient Apparition (AA).
The game was fairly stable during the first 30 minutes, as both LBZS and IG constantly fought each other while stalling the game for late game itemization. However, IG dominated the game as they just steamrolled through LBZS’s draft in the late game. The game ended at 42 minutes, with Invictus Gaming securing a 2-1 win in dominating fashion.
Thanks to the win, Invictus Gaming will play against ShenZhen tomorrow in the third round of the Lower Bracket as they eliminate LBZS to live another day in the China Regional Qualifiers.