Dawn of the third day in Los Angeles would see the first teams pack their bags at The Summit 6, as two elimination matches put three qualifiers and an International runner-up on their last legs. Meanwhile, the European squads of Virtus.pro and OG met in the upper bracket finals to determine who would secure the first spot in the grand finals.
In the first series, EHOME and Team NP played to stay alive in the lower bracket after tough losses on Day 1. The North American NP started out strong, with the team finding early kills on Zhang "LaNm" Zhicheng's Undying. Though EHOME's cores farmed hard to keep up with NP, the kills never went the right way for the Chinese qualifier squad. Team NP closed the game out in 29 minutes at a 22-3 kill differential.
EHOME, on its potential last match of The Summit 6, went to tried-and-true picks like Wang "old chicken" Zhiyong's Juggernaut and Ren "eLeVeN" Yangwei's Sand King. Though some early deaths on NP's supports kept EHOME at an even pace, Ren's Sand King died too frequently and so EHOME struggled to take fights in the mid-game. The net worth graph spiked in NP's directions after a few teamfight victories, and it never swung back. Team NP eliminated EHOME from The Summit 2-0, and continue on to face EG.
Digital Chaos, the runner-up from August's The International 6, found itself in the lower bracket against Team Faceless, an intimidating lineup to say the least. DC looked confident, though, last-picking a Meepo for Aliwi "w33" Omar that paid off in spades. In a 19-minute slaughter, DC set record pace, with Omar farming faster than Anucha "Jabz" Jirawong's Alchemist and consistently finding kills. DC quickly took the series lead 1-0 and put Faceless on tournament point.
The Southeast Asian squad fought back in Game 2, taking the game late and holding back Roman "Resolut1on" Fominok's Ursa. Holding a net worth advantage for most of the game, DC tried to hold the high ground against the never-ending onslaught of Faceless, but a crucial series of deaths at 45 minutes in spelled the end and set up Game 3. On elimination point, both teams decided on comfort picks; Omar on his Invoker, Dominik "Black^" Reitmeier on Anti-Mage. It was David "MoonMeander" Tan, with a number of clutch Chronospheres on Faceless Void, who secured the mid-game for Digital Chaos and kept the team alive in the tournament, winning the series 2-1.
In the winner's bracket finals, the two European teams clashed to see which team would earn the first spot in the grand finals. OG opened Game 1 strong, with the combination of Gustav "s4" Magnusson's Batrider and Jesse "JerAx" Vainikka's Pudge, creating huge problems for VP's lineup. At 11 minutes in and a 15-3 kill differential in favor of OG, VP forfeited and got ready for the next match.
Game 2 was another quick contest, this time in favor of Virtus.pro. Magnusson struggled in the offlane against Roman "RAMZES666" Kushnarev's Bloodseeker, and a last-pick Chen for Ilya "Lil" Ilyuk took OG by surprise, as their draft was unable to contest the march of jungle creeps. VP secured the win in 24 minutes and took the series to Game 3.
On match point, a four-role Weaver pick for Ilyuk earned VP an early lead against OG, but the combo of Magnusson's Bat and Vainikka's Earth Spirit turned a few fights to OG's advantage. The cores of OG struggled to keep pace with Kushnarev's Drow though, and an Aghanim's Scepter pickup for Ilyuk's Weaver made it nearly impossible for OG to find kills or Lassos. Virtus.pro closed the series out 2-1, and secured a spot in the grand finals.