In the Lower Bracket Finals of The International 2012, we had an all Chinese finals between iG and LGD, the top two Chinese teams of The International 2012. This was a match up that many would have expected to be the Grand Finale of the entire event as LGD went 14-0 in the Group Stage and went up to 19-0 until they suffered their first loss to Na'Vi, whom they eventually lost to. Invictus Gaming also had a brilliant Group Stage as they went 13-1 and came close to beating Na'Vi in the Semi-Finals.
The last day of The International 2012 was one to remember, as we saw dreams come true along with the ones that got ruined. It marked the end of what was truly an epic event for the professional Dota 2 scene, at least until next year! In the Upper Bracket, we had a match up between the mighty LGD Gaming team that haven't lost a single game till that point, against the miraculous Na'Vi (Natus Vincere) team that overcame all odds and defeated a couple Chinese powerhouse teams in DK and iG (Invictus Gaming) to find themselves in the Upper Bracket Finals. In the Lower Bracket, we had the two previously mentioned teams in iG and DK, facing off to play against the loser of the Upper Bracket Finale, for a chance at the Grand Finals and the $1,000,000 prize!
After the first day of the Knockout Stage, we saw two out of the three Upper Bracket western teams in Complexity Gaming and EG (Evil Geniuses) being knocked out by the east. In the Lower Brackets there was mTw (Mortal Team Work), mouz (Mousesports), M5 (Moscow Five) and aL (Absolute Legends) that got sent home in the one game single elimination Lower Bracket. The only team representing the west in the Upper Bracket was Na'Vi (Natus Vincere) as the last hope of the western team, against a powerhouse iG (Invictus Gaming) team from the east for Day 2 of The International 2012. Read on to see how things wrapped up!
The knockout stage for The International 2012 had a lot of mixed feelings when it started. After having 5 out of 8 teams representing the East in the Upper Bracket, things were feeling uneasy for not only the home crowd but for teams, fans and supporters of the many Western teams that found themselves at the Lower Bracket in a do or die position. Has the gap between the East and West been increased that much? Were the Chinese teams better prepared or just flat out better? Read on to see how things started off in what was an intense International 2012 knockout stage!
Although the third and last game day would be the shortest day for the teams to finish off the Preliminaries, as there will only be two series played instead of six or one match up of two games for each team, it was be the most crucial of the group stage series as several teams from Group A and B were tied in points to decide which four would go to the top 4 in the Winner's Bracket to start the playoffs and which ones would end up in the single-elimination Loser's Bracket for a tougher road ahead. Read on to see how things wrapped up in the last day!
The second day of the preliminary group stage at The International 2012 was as eventful as any other, as some of the rankings got flipped around completely and others stayed just the same for the good and bad. Some of the teamssuch as LGD kept their game going and unfortunately, others that did well on Day 1 like CLG (Counter Logic Gaming) failed to follow through. Here's a recap of how the day went:
Group B definitely features some of the most prestige teams in the competitive Dota2 scene including last year's champions Natus Vincere and the runner ups in EHOME. Almost every match up in this group will be at the highest level you can get so you'll definitely want to catch these games!
There's already been so much hype around The International 2012 which started earlier today that we'll be covering each group at a time for now during the group standing stage. We'll be taking a look at Group A to start things off!
JeeSports' very own online Dota 2 tournament, JeeDota2 Championship Season IV, is close to reaching its peak as the group stage has recently come to an end after two weeks of group stage scrimmages to determine which top two teams from each group will advance to the Playoffs. Prior to the group stages, over 50 teams participated in weekly 5v5 JeeDota2 cups for close to two months and gained ranking points to place top 16 to find themselves in the main event. Now with only 8 teams remaining from the bunch, we'll soon be seeing a new JeeDota2 champion once the Playoffs start on August 26th, 2012! Be sure not to miss out!
Although the It's Gosu Razer Mini Madness Tournament wasn't as big, it featured something we don't see covered too often around these parts. It was a single elimination online tournament that took place from the 12th to the 19th of August, 2012, held by Gosu featuring some of the best eastern teams out there. With 4 out of 5 of the top Chinese The International 2012 invitees, this tournament was definitely worth a watch. It's Gosu Razer Mini Madness featured eight eastern teams: DK, EHOME, HARROSH, LGD Gaming, Mineski, MUFC eSPORTS, Orange Esports and TongFu. That makes it 6 out of 8 The International 2012 invitees for this powerhouse all out brawl right before the main event coming at the end of this month! The total prize of $500 is not as much as some out there, but this event means more than the money, it's a good way to test the water against other high end teams before The International 2012 and not to mention bragging rights!