The final Dota 2 major of the year has had a fair share of surprises already—and it’s only two days old.
Playing for a total of $3.1 million, the 16 teams competing at the event have now been placed into a single-elimination bracket. That means we will at least see one tournament favorite eliminated in the first round.
The champions of the International 6, China’s Wings Gaming are set to face the North American super team Evil Geniuses, meaning that one of the teams will be sent home after only playing nine games in total. The team that wins this series in particular is almost guaranteed to face Virtus Pro in the second round of the bracket, meaning that two of the tournament’s biggest favorites will be gone by the third round.
The reason for one side of the bracket being so exceptionally stacked? Two teams surprising in the group stage: compLexity Gaming and WarriorsGaming.Unity. CompLexity succeeded in defeating their North American rivals Evil Geniuses in two consecutive series during the group stage, putting them in second place of the group and just narrowly missing out on having to face Wings in the early stage of the bracket.
As for the Malaysian WarriorsGaming.Unity squad, the thoroughly untested line-up successfully defeated Wings in the group stage, ruining the Chinese team’s chances of advancing out of the group in first place.
The playoffs may not have started just yet. But from the look of things, at least one tournament favorite will have to enjoy the rest of the event from the sidelines as the playoffs start on Dec. 7.