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Every team playing today is fighting for their tournament lives. Two teams have advanced to the playoffs but the remaining six teams will battle it out for the remaining two playoff spots today. Four teams will be sent home.






us Evil Geniuses vs. cn VGJ.Thunder


Match details

Game 1:


VGJ.T found success with Sylar's Anti-Mage twice earlier today, but when they picked it again against EG, the American squad were ready for it. pk Sumail 'SumaiL' Syed Hassan's Monkey King dominated the game. He bought an Abyssal Blade, meaning that even if the many other disables on the EG side ran out before the AM was dead, he could still finish him off. ca Artour 'Arteezy' Babaev took Lone Druid. The carry hero has fallen out of favour with many teams, but Artour showed that it can still be devastatingly effective, especially as a pusher.



Game 2:


EG didn't just draft the Drow Ranger/Visage strat (much less common these days than in the past), they also introduced a new hero for Universe in the Bane. Bane offlane with Drow's Precision Aura turned out to be able to stand toe to toe with Sylar's Weaver thanks to his already strong base damage plus the pure damage nuke/heal of Brain Sap.



We've seen some pretty one-sided games today, but none quite this bad. EG forced the GG out of VGJ.T by beginning to take barracks just short of the 22 minute mark with a 32-10 kill lead. With this win, EG advance to the playoff round tomorrow.



usca Immortals* vs. eu Team Secret


Match details

Game 1:


Team Secret moved around the map expertly, avoiding Immortals when they needed to and seeking out fights when they were strong. Their last-pick Meepo grew at a rate no other hero can manage. He progressed at about one level per minute all the way until Level 24, which he hit at the 24 minute mark. At that point, he had his second death of the game, which slowed him down a bit... but not much.



With their coordination and healthy lead, Secret kept up the pressure on Immortals and took the win in just over 33 minutes.

Game 2:


Both teams were vying for vision dominance with their drafts. Immortals had the treetops and Tracks from Monkey King and Bounty Hunter while Secret had the night and Charge of Darkness from Nightstalker and Spirit Breaker. Immortals' signature aggression was in full effect here. Even though they mostly focused heroes over buildings and lost some ground to split push from de Adrian 'Fata' Trinks's Nature's Prophet, Immortals eventually won after a bit of fooling around.



Game 3:


The pressure of potential elimination seemed to hold Immortals back somewhat in Game 3. They slowly built up a lead, but things didn't truly explode until a fight in Secret's base around the 47 minute mark when their lead skyrocketed to over 30k net worth. They secured Mega Creeps, regrouped, then returned to finish off Team Secret as they struggled to fight against Megas, Venomancer's Plague Wards and Immortals' heroes.



cn VGJ.Thunder vs. ua Natus Vincere


Match details

Game 1:


ua Danil 'Dendi' Ishutin's signature Lina was the hero of choice for Na`Vi. He secured an early Bloodstone and led the game in net worth, though the two teams went blow for blow in terms of kills. One Dendi had his Shadow Blade, a pick off on cn Liu 'Freeze' Chang's Ember Spirit led to a wipe, which led to three barracks for Na`Vi.



When Na`Vi got a five man wipe and gave up zero kills in a midlane teamfight near the river, VGJ.T knew their base would be the next casualty and pre-emptively called GG.

The ever elusive @DendiBoss face. :) @natusvincere #pglopen pic.twitter.com/sc8KuyRuNQ— PGL (@pglesports) October 21, 2017


Game 2:


cn Liu 'Sylar' Jiajun's Anti-Mage was hunted across the map, delaying his Battlefury to the 19 minute mark. cn Zhou 'Yang' Haiyang's Legion Commander had also had a rough early game, but his team helped him to find ru Vladimir 'RodjER' Nikogosyan's Riki and picked him off several times to build up quite a bit of Duel damage. Na`Vi's potential team fight wombo-combo was still very scary, but their execution was lacking. With Track gold from cn Tianyou 'Yoggee' Fan's Bounty Hunter, VGJ.T's lead grew until they took an Aegis and Cheese, won a fight in Na`Vi's base and forced a third deciding game.

Game 3:


Sylar's Anti-Mage came out a second time while Na`Vi changed tack to Troll Warlord and Mirana. Na`Vi's exectuion seemed better in this game without long-cooldown ultimates to play around. When their highground was being assaulted by an Aegis-carrying Anti-Mage, Na`Vi made a very impressive hold, even with their Troll dead without buyback.



Even so, VGJ.T returned as soon as their AM was back alive and overwhelmed Na`Vi in another fight inside the base, forcing the GG call.



pe Infamous vs. eu Team Secret


Match details

Game 1:


pe Infamous had some great moments in this game, but Team Secret outplayed them at almost every turn. jo Yazied 'YapzOr' Jaradat's Rubick had his pick of great spells to steal, and as Blitz predicted at the beginning of the game, he stole pe Alonso 'kotaro' Leon Arango's Luna's Eclipse multiple times. Once YapzOr had his Aghanim's, the Ion Cannon came online. Infamous heroes were repeatedly caught out alone but still managed to hold for so long that when Secret took the first win of the series they had built up a 59k net worth advantage.



Game 2:


There's no sugar coating it. Game 2 was an absolute disaster for Infamous. This clip demonstrates just how much they got crushed.



The Peruvian squad called GG less than three minutes later.

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