Day 3 of The International 2016 didn’t go well for a lot of teams. The closest match was Liquid vs. Newbee, which ended in a 2-1 but with a convincing German victory. However, the rest of the series ended with a 2-0 swipe. This was a quite surprise for EHOME, who lost against Evil Geniuses; the Chinese had an almost perfect tournament until they had to face defending champions. EG will now face Wings Gaming –who defeated MVP Phoenix– on day 5 in the UB Finals.
As for day 4, the first match will be really interesting as it faces two teams that no one foresaw coming thus far. On the other hand, we also have some teams that had a really tough Group Stage but have survived many UB teams that were already eliminated. Let’s see how things might end.
Predictions & betting tips – TI6 Main Event Day 4 – Lower Bracket
Main Event | Day 4: TnC Gaming vs. Digital Chaos
Start Time: August 11th, 10:30 AM PDT / 13:30 PM EDT / 19:30 CEST
Even though no one previewed these teams going so far in this tournament, TnC is the biggest surprise. OG, which finished first in his group, couldn’t take a single game from the newcomers from TnC, which were in the same group and didn’t got to UB. This tells us that as soon as a team starts playing a little bit worse, things can go to hell. That’s what happened to OG in the last two matches they faced.
DC looked really good until they had to face Wings Gaming, which is a team that TnC didn’t have any troubles with during the Group Stage. The American squad did win 2-0 against LGD in the last LB round, but TnC also beat them during the Group Stage with the same score. Still, DC had a much better run in their group, and even won one game against EHOME. This makes it really difficult match to predict.
Prediction: 2-1 TnC. We believe Wings are a really strong team that could potentially finish top 3-4 at least. And seeing that TnC didn’t have any trouble with them and that they have been able to win against opponents that DC also beat, we will give them a slight advantage.
Main Event | Day 4: Fnatic vs. Team Liquid
Start Time: August 11th, 13:30 PM PDT / 16:30 PM EDT / 22:30 CEST
Fnatic managed to win against Alliance yesterday in a 2-0 swipe, but to be honest it did not look as easy. We did expect Fnatic to win over Alliance because the Sweden team has been failing for years. The Asians did show strong game in the series, but they had too many troubles closing games that were already won a long time before. This can be considered a mistake and it’s something that Liquid will not forgive.
Liquid showed really strong in their games against Newbee. Even though they lost one game, the Germans dominated all three. It’s just that the first game the Chinese managed to outdraft them with a farming Naga that took over the game despite the huge advantage Liquid held. This was a reminder that this team is still one of the best that are still competing.
Prediction: 2-0 Liquid. Fnatic barely made it to this stage, and although it hasn’t been an easy tournament for Liquid either, the Germans have faced stronger lineups and have come on top. Fnatic hasn’t showed the same solid game we were used to see them play, while Team Liquid has been recovering steadily from their losses at the beginning of the tournament.
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*.) Odds may have changed by now – no guarantee! The predictions are the opinion of the author.
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Predictions by Will ‘WilDS’ De Sousa, E-sports Journalist and Dota player since 2010. Contact Will‘ WilDS’ De Sousa on Twitter!