They take a 4:0 group stage score to directly advance to the semi-finals
The second day of StarLadder i-League Invitational 2 featured the opening games for Group B – and saw a clear winner and perhaps contender for the title itself. Team Liquid drop no games in their entire group stage run, starting with a commanding 2:0 win over Team Faceless.
The opening series was a short one, as Team Liquid took early leads and closed out their games quickly. The first game was a quick 24-minute game that saw some stellar play come out of Amer “Miracle-” Al-Barkawi on the Tinker, ending the game with a 6/0/5 score who also opted to put more levels on Heat-Seeking Missiles and Lasers early on instead of the usual split-push March of the Machines build. The second game was a little less one-sided, with Faceless taking a few good team fights, but they ultimately couldn’t surmount the lead Liquid had already built up for themselves and ultimately had to call GG in 26 minutes.
The second series of the day between Newbee and Vega Squadron was more nail-biting, as the first game was a one-hour affair of back-and-forths. The early laning stage went well for Vega, but Xu “Moogy” Han (formerly playing under the name “uuu9”) had some early Roshans to help the team come back in the mid-game. However Sergey “G” Bragin on the Queen of Pain wreaked havoc all game, reflected by his 15/4/13 KDA giving Illya “ALOHADANCE” Korobkin’s Troll Warlord to reach critical mass and be pretty much un-killable by Newbee’s lineup. Game two was more one-sided in favor of Vega, who took a substantial laning-stage advantage they eventually snowballed to close the game.
The final series of the day saw Liquid and Vega squadron battle it out for the top seed – granting an instant advancement to the semi-finals. The first game was a reminder of Miracle-‘s prowess on his signature Invoker, granting his team control over team-fights and securing kills via sunstrike thanks to set-ups from Lasse “MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen on the Faceless Void. The second game seemed more of the same story – Miracle- on the Outworld Devourer racked up an impressive 11/0/9 KDA, no doubt thanks to support from Maroun “GH” Merhej on his signature Io and Kuro “KuroKy” Salehi Tahasomi on the roaming Tusk.
Today’s games will decide the groups’ second seeds – who will match up with the top seed of the opposite group. As a reminder, TNC Pro Team has already advanced to the semi-finals thanks to taking the top seed in Group A, and will be facing the second seed of Group B (either Faceless, Newbee or Vega Squadron) in tomorrow’s second series.
KaLeRei usually can’t shut up about video games, so she writes about them instead. Single-player RPGs or empire-builders/strategy games are her usual cup of tea, but she’s also been an avid follower of the Dota 2 and CS:GO professional scenes for a while. She has a fascination for old pros trying to prove they’ve still got what it takes, and cats.
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