Virtus.pro vs Optic Gaming:
TI8 Day 4 started out with the lower bracket series of Virtus.pro vs Optic Gaming. In game 1, Optic managed to get a perfect last pick Huskar. He had a completely free lane against Noone’s Dragon Knight in the middle and Virtus.pro did not have any mid-late game counters to Huskar either. Virtus.pro did show some signs of life in the game and got a few good teamfights, but as time went on, Huskar just took over the game and forced out a GG in 31 min.
In the second game, Optic went for a Drow strat. VP drafted Broodmother for Ramzes which helped them secure the early-mid game. This was an intense match and even though VP seemed like they were always ahead, Optic played their draft really well and managed to extend the game for a long time. They even tried to defend against mega creeps but Virtus.pro had a 30k lead at that point and just decimated all of Optic’s heroes in their base, and won the game.
Game 3 was pretty straightforward. VP drafted a very aggressive lineup and just did what they do best – keep forcing fights and push together. After the early game, VP just rolled over Optic and eliminated them from TI8.
Team Secret vs VGJ.Storm:
The second series was Team Secret vs VGJ.Storm. Much like how VP managed to get a perfect Huskar game against Optic, Secret got a perfect Meepo game for Ace in the first game against VGJ.Storm. Secret completely dominated the game, giving absolutely no chance for Storm to come back into the game. After all their barracks started falling, Storm called GG at 32 min.
The second game was completely dead-even between the two teams and went on for 55 minutes. The game was so close that even after 54 min, there was only a 2k gold networth difference between them. VGJ.Storm drafted Medusa for Resolution which was doing fairly well for them, but Ace’s Terrorblade started to get scary after the mid-game. Storm went for an all-in teamfight after getting a Divine Rapier on Medusa but they lost, losing the rapier alog with it. They did not have buybacks and Secret just forced out the GG, eliminating Storm from the TI8.
Evil Geniuses vs Virtus.pro
The next and final series of Day 4 was the much awaited EG vs. VP Elimination BO3. In game 1, EG played a Drow strat and picked Sumail’s signature Storm Spirit. They were abusing the Drow strat really well, playing around objectives, pushing multiple towers after good teamfights. The game was fairly even but Sumail made some incredible plays on Storm Spirit with the help of Fly’s well-timed Global Silences. VP got worn down after losing multiple teamfights and called GG at 35 min, without even having lost a single lane of barracks.
Game 2 of the series was extremely intense. VP, the favorites to win the tournament were one game away from being eliminated. The game was dead even until the mid-game, both teams getting successful skirmishes here and there. Sumail was a big factor in this game as well. His Alchemist was very impactful throughout the game.
It seemed as though VP was on a ticking time-bomb as Sumail started piling up farm very rapidly. VP seemed like they were holding on to the game very well until the later part of the mid-game where Sumail just completely took over the game. They lost multiple teamfights in a row and lost their bottom lane barracks. After this, EG went for Roshan and VP were not able to reach the pit in time to contest and that’s it. At this point, VP was completely powerless and EG rolled over them, forcing out the GG at 46 min, eliminating the titans of the DPC season from TI8.