After a cut-throat phase one of The International 2014's group stage, phase two resulted in just as surprising of an outcome. It wouldn't be Dota 2 otherwise. Six teams were eliminated in phase one, two more eliminated in phase two, but perhaps most surprising were the victors. ViCi Gaming and Evil Geniuses proved themselves by finishing at the top after the round robin, while phase two's winners are Team DK and ... NewBee!?
Is that the very same NewBee that was fighting for its life in a tie-breakers scenario at the end of the round robin? Yes, yes it is. Newbee started phase two at the bottom of the brackets, facing Titan to see who would next be eliminated. They defeated Titan 2-1, then went on a rampage afterwards through Na'Vi and iG to earn their own spot in the winners bracket of the official tournament. It just goes to show that playing best-of-three sets is a much different environment that round robin group play.
In the other phase two bracket DK didn't have to worry about any rampaging NewBees. LGD fought tooth and nail to defeat Liquid, but were then defeated by Cloud9, who were then defeated by Team DK. The brackets, in this case, worked out as intended. Team DK will pass on to the winner's bracket of The International where they will face Evil Geniuses in round one's best-of-three.
Rather than detail the entire bracket in paragraph form, let's go ahead and detail the upcoming tournament with something more organized -- bulleted points:
Winner's Bracket - July 18
- ViCi Gaming
- Evil Geniuses
- Team DK
Loser's Bracket - July 19- 20
Grand Finals - July 20
Those in the winner's bracket can lose their matches and still climb their way to the Grand Finals through the loser's bracket. Losing in the loser's bracket, however, will result in elimination. Plus, considering every victory now comes with a reward of tens, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars, the pressure to perform is higher than any other point of the tournament. There's a $5 million first place prize on the line!
As always, expect a more robust update on the eve of the final tournament beginning - July 18. I'll try and take a look at each of the eight individual teams, along with their strengths and weakness. In the mean time, I think it'd be best if we waved goodbye and applauded the 8 teams who have already been eliminated. Don't worry, most of them won't be going home empty handed.
There's still a lot more Dota 2 left to be played at The International 2014.
- Titan - $48,612
- Liquid - $48,612
- mousesports - $37,809
- Alliance - $37,809
- Empire - $21,605
- Fnatic - $21,605
- Na'Vi.US - No Prize
- Arroa - No Prize