DOTA: Team Spirit, T1 earn final upper bracket spots at International 10
Team Spirit won both of their matches in group stage play Sunday to earn placement in the upper bracket of Group B for the main event at The International 10 in Bucharest, Romania.
T1 took the final upper bracket spot in Group A, breaking a three-way tie with Evil Geniuses and Team Undying coming into the day.
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The $40 million tournament is the finale of the Dota Pro Circuit season.
Team Spirit (5-0-3) swept Beastcoast with a 38-minute win on the first map and a 29-minute win on the second. Then, it swept SG Esports in 32 minutes and 22 minutes.
Also in Group B, PSG.LGD (7-1-0) swept their final two matches to finish with a 15-1 map record. After a long 48-minute opener against Elephant, they wrapped their first match with a 17-minute romp on the second map. They also topped Beastcoast with a pair of 32-minute wins.
In Group A, EG, TI and Undying each began the day with 8-6 map records and just one match remaining.
EG and Undying played each other to a 1-1 split, while T1 swept Thunder Predator, winning in 28 minutes and 39 minutes, to lock up the fourth-place spot.
Invictus Gaming (6-2-0) finished atop Group A with a split against OG (3-4-1). OG took the first map in 41 minutes, but Invictus rallied to win the second in 34 minutes. Virtus.pro (5-1-2) swept Team Aster in 30 minutes and 21 minutes to finish second in the group.
Group A’s Thunder Predator (0-0-8) and Group B’s SG Esports (1-0-7) were eliminated after finishing last in their groups.
The main event of TI10 takes place Tuesday through Sunday. Eighteen teams are competing in a round robin in two groups of nine. All group-stage matches were best-of-two series. The top four teams in each group advance to the upper bracket of the main event, teams Nos. 5-8 will start in the lower bracket, and the last-place teams are eliminated.
Group A Standings (record, map score)
1. Invictus Gaming, 6-2-0, 14-2
2. Virtus.pro, 5-1-2, 11-5
T3. OG, 3-4-1, 10-6
T3. T1, 5-0-3, 10-6
T5. Evil Geniuses, 3-3-2, 9-7
T5. Team Undying, 3-3-2, 9-7
7. Team Aster, 2-1-5, 5-11
8. Alliance, 1-2-5, 4-12
9. Thunder Predator, 0-0-8, 0-16
Group B Standings (record, map score)
1. PSG.LGD, 7-1-0, 15-1
T2. Team Secret, 4-2-2, 10-6
T2. Vici Gaming, 4-2-2, 10-6
T2. Team Spirit, 5-0-3, 10-6
5. beastcoast, 2-3-3, 7-9
T6. Quincy Crew, 2-2-4, 6-10
T6. Fnatic, 1-4-3, 6-10
T6. Elephant, 2-2-4, 6-10
9. SG esports, 1-0-7, 2-14
–Field Level Media.
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