Phase two of Valve's Dota 2 International Championships are over, and the eliminations have begun in earnest.
After all 16 teams in the tournament played 15 games a piece, the bottom six in standings have been cut from the competition. Arrow, Alliance, Empire, Fnatic and Na'Vi.US were cut at the end of scheduled play, as each had nine or more losses on their tournament record. However, a three way tie for ninth place between NewBee, LGD and Mousesports resulted in a round-robin series to determine which of the three would join the unfortunate six let go.
Ultimately, Mousesports ended up at the bottom of the heap, though they won't leave Seattle with nothing: Mousesports and Alliance both take home $37,508, and Empire and Fnatic will leave with $21,433 in winnings. Na'vi.US and Arrow were eliminated with no prize pool rewards.
The top 10 teams as of the end of day four of Phase Two follow:
- ViCi 12-3
- Evil Geniuses 11-4
- DK 10-5
- IG 9-6
- Na'Vi 8-7
- Cloud9 8-7
- Liquid 8-7
- Titan 8-7
- NewBee 7-8
- LGD 7-8
Phase three of The International began today with new brackets and new eliminations.