The final day of group stages wrapped up and the stage is set heading into the Main Event. While most teams didn’t change positions in the standings, there were a few major developments in the middle-of-the-pack area of Group B. Apart from VG, the top teams all secured their spots in the winner’s bracket on Thursday. VG had an up and (mostly) down Group Stage. They never seemed to find anything that they looked extremely comfortable on. Even Fy looked helpless in a few of their games, achieving very little with Bounty Hunter and his usual signature Rubick at times. IG finally showed some signs of life but it was too late to avoid a loser’s bracket date in the first round. Can they claw their way out of their self-inflicted hole?
LGD Gaming continued their roll and ended the group stages similar to how they started, taking two games off of Fnatic, looking very strong as the tournament moves on. EG also made a statement on day 4, sweeping surprising (at that time) first place CDEC Gaming, claiming the top position in their group. Team Secret only managed a 1-1 split against MVP Phoenix, but you have to wonder just how much effort they actually put into the match, as they had very little to play for on day 4. When the real games start, no doubt these 3 have to be considered the heavy favorites at this point.
CDEC came down to earth a little bit on the final day, losing the aforementioned series against EG 0-2, and then splitting with EHOME in their final match. Still, no doubt that the Chinese Qualifiers are extremely satisfied with how their group stage went; 2nd place in a deep, solid group B.
One of, if not the biggest, surprises of the tournament has to be the success of Complexity Gaming. Billed as a bottom 3 team coming into the tournament, they finished 3rd in their group and 4th overall after a pair of back to back sweeps of Cloud 9 and Fnatic on the final day of play. Combining solid drafting with good decision making and, maybe mostly importantly, confidence, they are now definitely a team to keep an eye on in the Main Event; could they be this year’s Orange eSports and make a Cinderella run deep into TI5?
The other big winner of the final day was, unquestionably, EHOME. Seemingly coming out of nowhere, they snuck into 3rd place in Group B, after sweeping VP and then splitting CDEC Gaming. Perhaps it is simply their solid, yet unspectacular playstyle that causes people to overlook them somewhat, but they have a nice blend of experience, individual skill, and teamwork that they could catch some teams off guard at the Main Event.
The day ended with a playoff tiebreaker between Team Empire and Virtus Pro to decide the last winner’s bracket spot in Group B. While I’m sure neither team was trying to lose, the winner of the match was pencilled in to face off against either LGD Gaming or Team Secret in the first round of the Main Event, while the loser got a choice between Fnatic and Na’Vi in the loser’s bracket. If for nothing other than momentum reasons, this was a situation where the loser of the tiebreaker probably didn’t feel too bad about dropping the series. In the end, it was Team Empire proving to be too much for Virtus pro. The Russians rode the back of a semi-global presence lineup to take the first game of the best-of-three tiebreaker, but then Team Empire fought back with 2 consecutive wins, securing themselves a trip to the winner’s bracket and $150, 000. Their biggest win to date, congratulations and we look forward to a great Main Event.
TI5 Group Stage Day 3 Stats, Standings & Results – Group A
TI5 Group Stage Day 3 Stats, Standings & Results – Group B
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