ESTNN’s Veselin Ignatov walks fans through the results of the TI 9 Chinese Closed Qualifiers.
After several days of amazing Dota, fans finally know the name of the last Chinese team that will attend the biggest tournament in Dota 2 – The International 2019, this time in Shanghai, China.
The Group Stage in the Chinese qualifiers was probably one of the most difficult out of all of the closed qualifiers. Every single team competing had what it takes in order to continue to the Playoffs. At the end of the day though, only four of them moved forward. If you want to check what happened in detail, be sure to read our Group Stage overview.
Having said that, let’s take a look at what happened during the Playoffs.
The main star of the show was CDEC Gaming and Royal Never Give Up. Both of them did a fairly good job in the group stage and continued their domination afterward. However, both teams had to face each other in the first round of the playoffs.
CDEC won the series 2-0, but it was definitely not a walk in the park for them. In Game One, both teams decided to go with a late-game setup. However, CDEC had better heroes, especially in the face of Medusa. After several team fights going in their favor, RNGU had no other choice but to call it in.
Game Two was rather one-sided as the TI 5 runners up dominated the entire game. This gave them the needed advantage in order to close the game as soon as possible.
CDEC vs EHOME
The next challenge ahead of Eve and his teammates was EHOME, a team notable for performing very well when it’s needed. Unfortunately for Ferrari and Co., they couldn’t pull it off.
Game One was yet another hour plus long epic battle with tons of back and forth action and various 322 plays all around. However, as soon as CDEC grabbed the lead, EHOME was unable to keep up with them.
Having the mental advantage on their side, CDEC just outplayed their enemies. In fact, they needed around 30 minutes to secure their victory, similar to their previous game against RNGU.
Royal Never Give Up
After the loss in Round 1 against CDEC, RNGU was pumped up and played three phenomenal series’ in a row. They definitely deserve their spot for TI, especially after missing out on a direct invite
In the second series, RNGU had to fight against the best performing team during the Group Stage – IG. Unfortunately for IG, however, they were miles away from their best performance and the results have proven it. Monet and his team-mates needed just 30 minutes in both games in order to seal the deal.
Their domination continued in their next match against EHOME, who had lost to CDEC just prior to their game against RNGU. Fans saw three epic, fast-paced games. Even though EHOME gave it their all, they missed out on several opportunities to win the series.
On the other hand, RNGU took full advantage of that and quickly managed to counter-attack their enemies, securing themselves the victory and a spot for the Grand Final.
The Grand Final – RNGU takes the victory!
ROYAL NEVER GIVE UP
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— Beyond the Summit (@BeyondTheSummit) July 14, 2019
Well, fans couldn’t have asked for any more from this Grand Final. Viewers saw five epic games, full to the brim with pretty much everything they expected to see from some of the best in Dota. In the end, RNGU managed to take the whole thing home.
RNGU will join the likes of Vici Gaming and PSG.LGD very soon. In fact, if they are able to bring the same performance, nailing a good finish will be a piece of cake.
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