Last game of the day for StarSeries Season XII was between Alliance and Invictus Gaming in the Upper Bracket Quarter Finals. IG had just arrived after being detained in the Frankfurt Airport due to visa issues. Despite their delayed appearance and stressful circumstances including spending the night at the airport as they were not permitted to leave, they showed no signs of fatigue or lack of focus as they swept through Alliance 2-0 with style and ease.
Invictus Gaming’s first pick was Storm Spirit, one of Luo Feichi “Ferrari_430” signature heroes. IG went for an aggressive tri-lane, which was not very successful for them. Early game was fairly quiet until a IG smoked and stole the ancient stacks that Alliance had set up for Per Anders “Pajkatt” Olsson, helping IG’s gold and experience jump upwards and also crushing Alliances investment of time on the stack and the hopes for a fast blink dagger on Axe. While Zhilei Xu “burning” on Naga was trying to catch up on farm after a bad start the team successfully managed to secure a couple of good pick offs here and there. Even though Jonathan “Loda” Berg’s Chaos Knight was first in networth, it did not last long before he dropped. It appeared overall that Alliance did not have a good response to the Chinese team’s strategy of a Naga-Storm Spirit core duo making it near impossible for Alliance to stop the pushes or take down and control the fights. IG took game one with style.
The second game started out with fearsome picks on both sides. It looked like both were trying to counter pick each other back and forth. It seems that both teams went for semi early mid game fights withh back-up late game plan. IG was able to execute their lineup better with magnificent plays by Yinqi Luo “Xi” on Spirit Breaker, they were able to sweep up Alliance pretty quickly in a convincing game with total domination. After a team wipe by IG at minute 28 the game was over.
IG will continue in the Upper Bracket Semi finals tomorrow vs Team MY at 13:00 CEST, while Alliance will drop to the Lower Bracket quarter finals vs Team Secret at 09:30 CEST.
Luo Feichi “Ferrari_430”
Wong Hock Chuan “Chuan”
Yinqi Luo “Xi”
Zeng Hongda “Faith”
Zhilei Xu “burning”
Per Anders “Pajkatt” Olsson
Jonathan “Loda” Berg
Joakim “Akke” Akterhall
Niclas “Niqua” Westergard
Sébastien “7ckingMad” Debs
The first game for tomorrow will take place at 09:30 CEST in the Lower Bracket Quarter Finals between Team Secret and The Alliance.
Team Tinker will play against the loser of Secret/Alliance match at 16:30 CEST in the Lower Bracket Semi finals
TBD at 16:30 CEST Lower Bracket Semi Finals
Lower Bracket Final at 20:00 CEST
ViCi Gaming will play vs Cloud 9 at 13:00 CEST
Invictus Gaming will play vs Team Malaysia at 13:00 CEST
Winner Bracket Final at 20:00 CEST