Three days plus one into the highly-anticipated Epicenter 2017 Dota 2 tournament, the group stages have eventfully come and gone, and the stage has been set for the teams that will move on.
At the top of the seeds emerged one team from each group: LGD.Fy from China in Group A, and Evil Geniuses from North America in Group B. Each team came out of their group stages undefeated, with only one game dropped each, and will continue directly to face the quarterfinal winners in the semifinals of the tournament.
Evil Geniuses faces a chance of winning two back-to-back tournaments, after their victory in the Manila Masters weeks ago.
Meanwhile, LGD.Fy hasn’t seen a LAN since April’s DAC, where they fell in the 9th place pool. Epicenter would be an opportunity for the team to regain their status as a top Chinese team.
Close behind each team were, respectively, European Team Secret and CIS squad Virtus Pro. On the fourth unplanned day, Secret played their final delayed group stage match against LGD.Fy, where they dropped their only game of the tournament. VP dropped their match to the group leaders.
Also hanging onto their spots are China’s Invictus Gaming and Europe’s Team Liquid. They’ll face off respectively against Secret and Virtus Pro, respectively, in the quarterfinals.
For this tournament, Epicenter took an interesting spin on tournament format. On top of the playoffs’ seeding, the bottom two teams from each group were directly eliminated from the event.
In Group A, this was fan-favorite CIS team Natus Vincere, and four-time Major winner OG. The former wasn’t expected to do well, but the latter shocked fans after performing poorly the second tournament in a row.
Group B’s bottom teams, meanwhile, fell in yellow and green, as SEA’s hope, Clutch Gamers, and NA-gone-EU team Planet Odd (formerly Thunderbirds) took the hit. Odd was the only team to take a game off Evil Geniuses, but it unfortunately wasn’t enough to keep them in the game. Clutch Gamers also showed hope coming into the tournament, though their hopes were dashed after a 0-8 run.
The live LAN playoffs begin June 9th at 12:00 CEST (6AM EDT, 3AM PDT).