With Day 1 of the Main Event at the International coming to a close, We say goodbye to all of the South American teams competing at the tournament
Unfortunately, there can only be one winner of the International. And because of the group stage and today’s events, it will not be a team from South America. All three of the teams competing in this year’s TI have now been eliminated.
Earlier in the group stage, both South American teams were knocked out out of their respective groups. Thunder Predator unfortunately got knocked out of their group without winning a single game. SG Esports was able to take one series win. This is not to say that either team played badly, in reality, many of the games were very close. With time perhaps we will see these teams again in next year’s DPC.
As for Beastcoast, the team showed up to TI with a very strong performance. The team finished with 2 series wins, 3 draws, and 3 losses. Casters have been pointing out exceptional performances from offlaner Adrián “Wisper” Céspedes Dobles. As a result of this performance, BC were able to choose their opponent in the lower bracket elimination match. They chose Alliance, a WEU team that has been having a slightly lower level of performance finishing with 1 win, 2 draws, and 5 losses.
According into the rules of the International, the first-round matches in the lower bracket are best of one elimination matches. To the analysts, Beastcoast was largely the favorite going into this match.
Both teams in this match picked a lot of comfort heroes. For Beastcoast, Héctor Antonio “K1” Rodríguez got a chance to play his signature Sven. Jean Pierre “Chris Luck” Gonzales, played one of his favorites, Windranger. Meanwhile, for Alliance, they picked up the ever present Dragon Knight for Gustav “s4” Magnusson. In addition, Linus “Limmp” Blomdin got to play a high damage Lina for a favorable mid-matchup.
The laning stage went pretty awful for Beastcoast. k1 ended up getting first blooded and the rest of the match didn’t go too hot for him either. In all of the lanes, each of the players on Beastcoast were not able to win their lanes. Despite this early disadvantage, k1 was still able to farm incredibly well and eventually clinch the top net worth spot. With a couple of well-placed buybacks, Beastcoast was able to stay in the game despite the disadvantage.
Though Beastcoast held on for as long as they could, they were unable to stave the tide of Alliance. Thus, with the final blow against the Ancient, they were eliminated from the International.
Despite the loss, Beastcoast still had some hope for their future in Dota. Alvaro “Avo+” Sanchez caught up with Chris Luck and Elvis “Scofield” De la Cruz Peña to ask them how they were feeling. Both players said that although it was a high-stress situation, they were not feeling the pressure as much and just focusing on the game. Scofield said that going forward, they need to work on their communication so that they can improve as a team. Though a heavy loss, the team still had smiles on their faces, going out playing the game they love.
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