Will PSG.LGD drop out first?
The first round of the lower bracket, which starts off the day tomorrow, will be the toughest for local fans in Changsha. All four teams knocked down early were Chinese squads, meaning fan favourites will be sent home no matter what.
To add to the stress, those first two matches will be single-game series. This could mean that PSG.LGD, champions of EPICENTER XL and runners-up of Dota 2 Asia Championships 2018 could be swiftly knocked out of the event without winning a single DPC point.
Once two of the four Chinese teams make it through to the second round of the lower bracket, they'll have made it to the best-of-three rounds. There, the two losers of the quarterfinals await them. OG will face the winner of Invictus Gaming versus Newbee and the final match of the day will be between TNC Predator and the winner of PSG.LGD versus iG.Vitality.
At the end of it all, four teams will have finished their run in Changsha. The two surviving teams will have a tough task awaiting them on Saturday - semifinal losers Mineski and Team Secret are already awaiting their opponents in the third round of the lower bracket. Whichever two teams get through that round will have made it into the Top 4, scoring those much-needed DPC points.
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