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Team Empire's convincing 2:0 sweep eliminates Evil Geniuses from TI 7

Posted by Cristy "Pandoradota2" Ramadani at 09 August 2017 06:00


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Team Empire continue to surprise fans as they take Evil Geniuses out of contention with an overwhelming 2:0 sweep in the lower brackets of The International 2017

Armed with the better drafts, fantastic execution and playing their hearts out Team Empire have been the underdogs of the event rising to the top. Coordination, movement and rotations, synergy and making the right decisions have all been on point for the CIS team and are key factors that have secured a top 8 finish and resulted in an undefeated main stage run so far.

Team Empire still have a daunting path ahead of them and will move on face Team Liquid next on August 10th at 10:00 PDT/19:00 CEST.

Game One

vs
Evil Geniuses lineup

The Dire

Zai Sand King Sand King
Universe Mirana Mirana
Cr1t- Winter Wyvern Winter Wyvern
Arteezy Phantom Lancer Phantom Lancer
SumaiL Invoker Invoker
Bans:
Kunkka Lich Weaver Faceless Void Outworld Devourer
Team Empire lineup

The Radiant

Earthshaker Earthshaker RodjER
Ancient Apparition Ancient Apparition Miposhka
Batrider Batrider Ghostik
Sven Sven Resolut1on *
Ember Spirit Ember Spirit Fn
Bans:
Puck Naga Siren Enchantress Nature's Prophet Enigma

* This player was a stand-in for this match

With a relatively low key start, Team Empire came out into the mid game swinging and struck hard. On the back of Roman 'Resolut1on' Fomynok and with Rostislav "fn" Lozovoi' s spectacular performance in the mid lane, the CIS team would seize the lead. Once moving ahead Empire maintained their control, turning the tables on EG with a crushing first game victory in 60 minutes.

Game Two

vs
Evil Geniuses lineup

The Dire

SumaiL Puck Puck
Zai Night Stalker Night Stalker
Universe Nature's Prophet Nature's Prophet
Cr1t- Winter Wyvern Winter Wyvern
Arteezy Terrorblade Terrorblade
Bans:
Kunkka Lich Lycan Faceless Void Batrider
Team Empire lineup

The Radiant

Nyx Assassin Nyx Assassin RodjER
Ancient Apparition Ancient Apparition Miposhka
Venomancer Venomancer Ghostik
Sven Sven Resolut1on *
Mirana Mirana Fn
Bans:
Earthshaker Naga Siren Drow Ranger Enigma Troll Warlord

* This player was a stand-in for this match

In the second game, the two teams started out trading blows but overall Evil Geniuses had a much better start in comparison to the previous game with Artour 'Arteezy' Babaev's uncontested farm and great start giving the North American giants the slight edge. Team Empire were undeterred and pushed forward with counter pushes and strong team fights once again led by Resolt1on on Sven. 

Thrilling encounters and both teams going toe to toe with everything they had showcased clutch plays, flashes of brilliance and proved Team Empire were not a push over team for the TI5 champions to take lightly. 

An intense fight at 50 minutes in favor of Team Empire allowed them to start to push high ground and forced the buybacks as Evil Geniuses just began to crumble. With nothing they could do as sitting ducks in their own base, Team Empire destroyed the ancient and the North American's TI7 dreams. 

Upper Bracket

Round 2

BO3
Liquid
1
iG.
2
Newbee
2
EG
0
LGD.FY
2
TnC
0
LGD
0
Virtus.Pro
2

Round 3

BO3
iG.
1
Newbee
2
LGD.FY
2
Virtus.Pro
0

Round 4

BO3
Newbee
2
LGD.FY
1

Lower Bracket

Round 1

BO1
Secret
1
XctN
0
Cloud 9
0
Empire
1
OG
1
Infamous
0
iG.V
0
DC Dota2
1

Round 2

BO3
Liquid
2
Secret
1
EG
0
Empire
2
TnC
0
OG
2
LGD
2
DC Dota2
0

Round 3

BO3
Liquid
2
Empire
0
OG
0
LGD
2

Round 4

BO3
Virtus.Pro
1
Liquid
2
iG.
0
LGD
2

Round 5

BO3
Liquid
2
LGD
0

Round 6

BO3
LGD.FY
1
Liquid
2

Final

BO5
Newbee
0
Liquid
3

The action resumes on Wednesday, August 9th at 10:00 PDT/19:00 CEST with the best-of-three elimination series between TnC and OG. 

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