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

Dota 2 Cristy “Pandoradota2” Ramadani

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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

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

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. 

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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Cristy “Pandoradota2” Ramadani
Pandora is a behind the scenes Dota 2 professional Jack of All Trades. When not busy with Dota 2 work, she is out trying to save the world or baking cupcakes. Follow her on Twitter @pandoradota2


  • Aoi "alkermes" Kasuga ,
    I still remember OG.cr1t era. He was one of brilliant pos4 player. (actually, they fell TI06) but today, He was SO SHITTY ASSHOLE. whats the hell. What' the point? I want to say they REALLY need pos5&drafter. cr1t should be pos4. and I like pos3 zai(actually universe could be better) They are wasting something so important about drafting and position strategy. they need to change. FeelsSadMan.
    • Cristy "Pandoradota2" Ramadani ,
      Being captain is a tough gig and not everyone is suited for it.... i'm sure there will be changes post TI at this point
      • Arvind "arvindl" L ,
        I don't think cr1t is a bad captain but everyone needs to understand that this is the big stage and all teams are going to give their best. Sometimes teams get outplayed not because they suck but the other team just played better. It's kinda sad to see EG exit this early in the tournament but we've all go to give to Empire for their stupendous performance rather than complain about EG. Cheers :)
        • Cristy "Pandoradota2" Ramadani ,
          never said he's a bad captain, just not everyone is suited for it and not each captain even if good is a match for specific players/team style ... thats all ;) all is good!
          • Arvind "arvindl" L ,
            ohh my bad, i was replying to the guy above lol. I think i should have hit the reply to button for his answer instead of yours
            • Aoi "alkermes" Kasuga ,
              well... its me? :) The one of important points triggering me is that cr1t could do better in pos4 I believe. I'm not going to blame zai. I just point out EG hold two pos4 players. Why they stack? The other is their picking. in game1, why PL after ES? in game2, why so lack of nuke&stun? well I'm just a 5k player. I don't know 10k thinking. but looks like its outdrafted so much. anyway, Im busy with my sharmanic ritual for OG. gg.
              • Ewerton "tonworms" Miranda ,
                I agree 100% with you. Their picks before PL were shaker, aa, batrider. How THE FUCK do you pick PL? OK, they played that game and Sven owned them. Second game, first thing you should do? ban the FUCKING SVEN. WW to counter sven? Really cr1t? Sven must be controlled at the fight or Win before he get strong. You have rtz as carry, why not ursa at second game? Why not Lycan? With puck and nature, GG 20 minutes. But no. Man, I can't understand, I swear to God.
        • James "Jackstraw_11" Long ,
          This makes a lot a sense.
      • James "Jackstraw_11" Long ,
        They underestimate Empire. Trying to hide their strategy
    • James "Jackstraw_11" Long ,
      RTZ deserve more support in EG. Sometime, feels sorry for RTZ, he play as if he was Carrier. But no much high position in the team


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