The first day of the biggest DOTA 2 tournament of the year was given over to determining the final two participants in the event, as the four 3rd place finishers from the Regional Qualifiers met in a double elimination bracket of Best-of-Three matches, with the top 2 finishers rounding out the International field of 16.
Ultimately, Chinese powerhouse EHOME and European upstarts Escape Gaming secured their spots in the International tournament, with EHOME surviving a brief early scare against SEA (Southeast Asia) wild card Execration to take the first spot via the Upper Bracket, and Escape Gaming then taking the Lower Bracket final from Execration (featuring an absolutely dominant 9-0 shut-out in the second game of the series that saw Era’s Huskar completely shred Execration’s melee-heavy lineup) for the second slot.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the day was the poor performance of North American squad compLexity Gaming, who had a very strong showing at the Shanghai Major earlier in the year that raised their profile immensely, but in this playoff for a share of the biggest prize pool in eSports history, they dropped every match they played, washing out in fourth place of the four wild cards.
The International 6 Group Stages are up next, with the 16 teams split into two groups (one wild card will be placed in each group) where they will play a series of 2-game Round Robin matches in order to determine placement in the final tournament bracket, with the top four in each pool starting in the Upper Bracket, and the bottom four relegated to the lower.
Wild Card Playof Results
EHOME d. Execration 2-1
Escape Gaming d. compLexity Gaming 2-1
EHOME d. Escape Gaming 2-0 (EHOME wins first Wild Card spot)
Execration d. compLexity Gaming 2-0
Escape Gaming d. Execration 2-0 (Escape Gaming wins second Wild Card spot)