DOTA 2 International 4: Wild Card Play-In Results
Posted by Stephen Randle on 07.08.2014
Who earned their way into the last spot in TI4?
Today was the Wild-Card Play-In for the sixteenth and final entry into the Round Robin Stage of The International 4. The four teams competing finished second in their respective regional qualifiers, and faced off in a series of Best-of-Three single elimination matches to determine a winner.
TI4 didn't have to wait long for its first shocking upset, as the fledgling Korean team, which only formed six months ago, handily defeated the heavily favoured veteran Russian squad.
Team Liquid defeated CIS Game 2-0
Liquid showed no mercy against the overmatched Chinese team, flattening them in two quick matches.
Team Liquid defeated MVP Phoenix 2-0
MVP Phoenix came out strong in Game One, taking an early lead against a scrambling Liquid. However, unlike Virtus.pro, Team Liquid bent but did not break, and staged a comeback in the shadow of their mid barracks, breaking MVP's momentum and eventually winning on the strength of superior teamfighting.
In the second game, Liquid came out flying and never looked back, riding a wave of early ganks and lane domination to an easy sweep of MVP Phoenix, punching their ticket to their second straight International.
1v1 Solo Mid Championship
In other preliminary action, eight players from various teams participated in an invitational 1v1 competition, where Alliance's s4 defeated Invictus Gaming's Ferrari_430 in the finals to become the new champion. Last year's champion, Team DK's iceiceice, was defeated by s4 in the first round.
TOMORROW: The Round Robin stage begins, with a grand total of 36 matches set to take place on Day One!