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Team Spirit slaughter OG
Whereas the first map was a thrilling battle between the two teams, in which TS slowly but surely outperformed OG, the second one was a 30-minute bloodbath. Ilya 'Yatoro' Mulyarchuk's Lifestealer and Alexander 'TORONTOTOKYO' Khertek's Void Spirit found kill after kill, sporting impressive scores at the end (14/1/8 and 13/2/9). Although the net worth lead didn't exceed more than 1-2k for quite sometime, the Russian-Ukrainian stack didn't leave OG any room to breathe and hunted them down mercilessly.
In a stunning upset, after having tumbled to the Lower Bracket, OG meet their tournament end at the hands of Team Spirit. Now more than ever, the Aegis of Champions awaits. #TI10 pic.twitter.com/p1hJQJuA2L— The International (@dota2ti) October 15, 2021
Although many fans expected the defending TI champions to turn around the series somehow and force a third map, OG were out of luck this time. Neither Topias 'Topson' Taavitsainen's Invoker nor Sumail 'SumaiL' Syed Hassan's Tiny could stop the stampede that Team Spirit had begun.
By defeating OG, Team Spirit advance to the next round where they'll meet another CIS team, Virtus.pro. No matter which team comes out on top in this one, this will be Eastern Europe's highest TI finish since Natus Vincere in 2013, as the winner will be in the top 4 of TI10.
Four TI champions still in the running
For the first time since 2017, we will see a champion other than OG. With that being said, there are still four TI champions in the running for the Aegis: Clement 'Puppey' Ivanov, Lasse 'Matumbaman' Urpalainen, Zhang 'y`' Yiping, and Zhang 'Faith Bian' Ruida all still have a shot at claiming their second TI trophy.
All four of them will meet in the Upper Bracket finals on Saturday to determine the first TI10 finalist, so you had better not miss it!
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