TI11 Last Chance Qualifier Day 4 Recap: T1 & NAVI Exit as Secret and VP advance to UB Finals
Day Four of The International 11 (TI11) Last Chance Qualifier saw four more team’s hopes of qualifying for the biggest stage of the Dota 2 scene end as they were eliminated from the LCQ. In the Upper Bracket, the two finalists for the Upper Bracket Finals will be Team Secret and Virtus.pro after defeating their respective opponents.
In the Lower Bracket, the number of teams remaining in the LCQ are reduced to the final four as another four teams will make their exits from the event after its losses.
Recap of Day 4 of the TI11 LCQ
Both Team Secret and T1 came into the series with plenty of momentum behind their backs with the former having beaten Chinese powerhouse Xtreme Gaming and the latter beating Group A toppers NAVI in their road to the Upper Bracket Semifinals.
However, T1 looked to be in complete disarray as Team Secret quickly dispatched its opposition with a 2-0 stomp to advance into the Upper Bracket Finals. Despite his shaky performances, Remco "Crystallis" Arets managed to end the series with a combined KDA of 20/1/19 with his Morphling and Ursa.
The second Upper Bracket Semifinals match saw Virtus.pro and Team Liquid come head to head to secure the second slot in the Upper Bracket Finals. Like Secret & T1, both teams also came into the series with confidence behind them with Virtus.pro beating Chinese team Vici Gaming and Liquid defeating Polaris Esports yesterday.
Despite an impressive Game One from Team Liquid, Virtus.pro paid back its defeat in the first game by fully dominating the next two games as Virtus.pro defeated Team Liquid to secure a match with Team Secret in the Upper Bracket Finals.
With the Upper Bracket concluded for the day, the numbers of teams that will remain in the LCQ continues to dwindle as four more teams will be eliminated. The first Lower Bracket match saw NAVI going up against Chinese powerhouse Xtreme Gaming.
While NAVI managed to gain victory in Game One off the back of Alik "V-Tune" Vorobey’s Drow Ranger, Xtreme Gaming went on to win Game Two and Three in a reverse sweep as NAVI had no answers for Xtreme’s aggression. Xtreme Gaming’s victory also marked the end of the road for NAVI as it will be the first team to be eliminated today from the LCQ.
Despite its shocking win over Polaris Esports, Wildcard Gaming were looking to get one over Vici Gaming as it looked to proceed further in the tournament. However, things did not end well for the last North American team in the LCQ.
While Wildcard Gaming provided an impressive performance despite its loss in Game One, Game Two saw Vici Gaming fully dominate the map as Wildcard Gaming slowly bleed out to the Chinese team. Vici Gaming advanced to the next stage after the 2-0 win, while Wildcard Gaming’s journey ended prematurely as it became the second team to be eliminated.
While the team did lose to Team Secret in the Upper Bracket earlier today, T1 are still hopeful that the team would be able to qualify for TI11 from the Lower Bracket. However, Vici Gaming were looking to qualify themselves at the expense of T1.
Despite a brilliant series from both teams with a back-and forth game in Game Two, Game Three saw Vici Gaming had an upper hand thanks to Pan "Frisk" Yi’s plays on the Rubick as he managed to steal crucial spells to turn the tides against the Southeast Asian team. The series ended with Vici Gaming’s victory as T1’s journey in the LCQ has ended, becoming the third team to be eliminated.
Despite Xtreme Gaming being heavy favorites in the series, Team Liquid were looking to advance further in the Lower Bracket. However, Team Liquid went above and beyond as the team went on to stomp Xtreme Gaming 2-0, much to the surprise of everyone.
Team Liquid did not give Xtreme Gaming any chances to play their game as it dominated the whole series, sealing Game One after just 20 minutes and Game Two after 26 minutes. Despite its loss to Virtus.pro earlier today, Team Liquid were looking to make a statement as it took down the heavy favorites in quick succession. Xtreme Gaming however, will be the final team to be eliminated from the LCQ as Day 4 comes to a close.
The Last Chance Qualifiers will conclude tomorrow, as the final two teams that will advance to the TI11 Group Stage will be determined tomorrow, while two more teams will be eliminated from the LCQ which would signal the end of their journey at TI11.
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