The penultimate day of The Summit 6 was all about elimination matches, with only lower bracket games to play. Only one Dota 2 team would be able to make the top three after a day of regional rivalries and a rematch of The International 6 grand finals.
To kick off the day, Evil Geniuses and Team NP matched up for the first time since the latter eliminated the former from the Northern Arena BEAT Invitational on Nov. 10. EG came into game one seemingly with a grudge, as an Outworld Devourer pick for Sumail "Suma1L" Hassan created serious problems for Team NP. At just 19 minutes in and a 14-3 kill differential, Team NP called "Good Game" and conceded game one to EG.
Game two was not as quick an affair, with Kurtis "Aui_2000" Ling carrying the weight for Team NP on Juggernaut. Team NP broke EG's high ground early and put on the pressure, but EG found some key moments to push back and inflict damage on NP's base as well with Artour "Arteezy" Babaev's Morphling. In a critical last teamfight, Hassan shone again on OD with a massive ultimate, grabbing three kills in two seconds, opening enough of a window for EG to take the enemy's Ancient and the series, 2-0.
The second series of the day was a rematch of the TI6 grand finals. Digital Chaos and Wings Gaming, both one best-of-three from elimination, were ready to have it out one more time before the Boston Major in Dec. In keeping with the spirit of the first series, game one was a 22-minute rout of DC by Wings, who used an aggressive combo of Zhou "bLink" Yang on Mirana and Zhang "Faith_bian" Ruida on Night Stalker; they grabbed a combined 12 kills before closing it out.
Digital Chaos kept better pace with Wings in game two, in an hour-long match that swung back and forth several times. Aliwi "w33" Omar's Ursa created big problems for Wings, whose magic damage-oriented lineup struggled to deal with the quick Black King Bar purchases on DC. Those BKB durations trickle down with use, however, and soon Zhou and Zhang were finding easy kills once the short-lived magic immunity was baited out. A series of unfortunate misplays on DC's part piled up, and when the final push came, Wings couldn't be held back and took the series 2-0.
Wings Gaming wouldn't have long to recuperate after that hour-long match, as it would be facing Evil Geniuses in the final series of the day to determine who would move on to the lower bracket finals to play OG. Game one was, again, a quick 24-minute match, with an odd Treant Protector pick for Li "iceice" Peng completely shutting down the Venomancer jungler for Evil Geniuses. Every lane for EG seemed countered from the outset, and with a 15,000 net worth advantage for Wings at 22 minutes in, EG called the game and prepared for the next.
Whereas game one's drafting phase seemed to spell a loss for EG, Wings Gaming had trouble executing its overall strategy in the second game. Babaev found endless space to farm and kill on Anti-Mage, and Wåhlberg's Venomancer, which had been picked to varying results throughout the day, had 80 percent kill participation on the poisonous support. A farming Faceless Void for Chu "shadow" Zeyu and Li's support Naga failed to control EG's aggression, and Wings fell at 33 minutes in, sending the series to game three.
Babaev's Morphling made a return in game three, where an Ethereal Blade and Silver Edge combination created a lot of problems for Wings' lineup. The early lead was in EG's favor, though the team struggled to take Wings Gaming's high ground thanks to Zhou's Sniper. Wings could never surmount the deficit of the lane phase though, and Evil Geniuses left little room for Wings Gaming to capitalize and secure a solid footing for a comeback. At 43 minutes in, Wings called "Good Game," and Evil Geniuses secured a spot in The Summit 6's top three in a 2-1 victory.
Tomorrow, EG will face OG in the losers' bracket finals. The winner will then face Virtus.pro in the grand finals.