The International: Alliance falls apart while Cloud 9 shines

2 min read
34

chuan

The International 4 is now gathering steam, with more than a handful of teams battling out for a spot in the finals last night. Many of the favourites struggled against smaller teams, while wildcard winners Team Liquid were one of the teams to beat on the night. But who has their head on the chopping block for today’s matches?

Surprisingly, Alliance are definitely one of them. The champions from last year got their title defence off to the worst start possible, losing four games and putting them dangerously close to the bottom of the pecking order. Fan favourites Na’Vi seemed to be going down the same path early on, but a victory in their second game lifted morale. They ended the night with three wins out of four, matching their American based team.

The real winners of the night were definitely Team Liquid, the wild card winners of this year. They impressed everyone with three wins out of four games, proving that they really are here to reach the Main Event. Cloud 9 were nearly unstoppable throughout the night. They won four out of their five game, with one shock loss against the struggling Mouz (mousesports).  Arrow Gaming find themselves virtually eliminated already, while DK and Fnatic have to do well in today’s matches to keep their heads above water.

Here’s how everything went down last night:

  • 1. Cloud 9 (4-1)
  • 2. iG (3-1)
  • 2. ViCi (3-1)
  • 2. Na’Vi (3-1)
  • 2. Na’Vi.US (3-1)
  • 2. Liquid (3-1)
  • 7. Newbee (3-2)
  • 7. Evil Geniuses (3-2)
  • 7. Fnatic (3-2)
  • 10. Titan (2-2)
  • 11. Team DK (2-3)
  • 12. Empire (1-3)
  • 12. Mousesports (1-3)
  • 14. Alliance (1-4)
  • 14. LGD (1-4)
  • 16. Arrow (0-5)

Thirty games took place on the first day of Phase Two, which will seed teams for the Main Event next week. The top two teams at the end of Phase Two will automatically qualify for the Main Event’s upper bracket, while the next eight teams will be forced to play in Phase Three this weekend. The bottom six teams at the end of Phase Two will be packing their bags, just like Holland.

In case that sounds confusing, you can check out this colour coded table here that is a little clearer. You can also watch all of last nights replays on the official International website, as well as check out the schedule for tonight’s games.

1331

Last Updated: July 10, 2014

Alessandro Barbosa

You can all call me Sandy until I figure out how to edit this thing, which is probably never. Sandy not good enough? Call me xXx_J0k3R_360degreeN0Sc0pe_xXx. Also, Geoff's a bastard.

Check Also

Valve has been forced to halt CS:GO and DOTA 2 trades for Dutch gamers after loot box controversies

Both the Dutch and Belgian gaming authorities have found that loot boxes and their resulta…