The second match for The International 3’s main event is the Upper bracket match-up of Fnatic.EU and TongFu.
Fnatic.EU ended up with TongFu after Na’Vi chose NeoES,Orange. This is another east versus west match-up, and high hopes are open the streaking western team who finished second on their group and boasted of the only series win against their group leader.
Fnatic.EU vs TongFu
Game 1 – Fnatic pounced on the opportunity they were given on the draft phase, picking Weaver and Treant within seconds and without any hesitation. Meanwhile, TongFu went with a good all around line-up with Lifestealer, Chen, Puck and Gyrocopter. Fnatic has a very strong killing potential because of the Viper and Crystal Maiden, but the Chinese teams should have the better hero composition should the game drag on.
It was TongFu who drew first blood, getting two kills by the fourth minute. Rubick executed a beautiful body block on the fleeing enemy, forcing the enemy’s teammates to react and giving them multiple kills in the process. Aside from that, the Chinese were also able to pick off the courier of the European mix, further increasing their lead.
Fnatic’s bright spot was Viper on the middle lane. He was totally dominating Puck in both farm and experience, with a big help from Treant’s living armor. Help on Puck was not absent for so long though, as his teammates rotated to score two kills against the Viper. The Rubick who was able to steal Weaver’s Shukuchi was also causing Fnatic some trouble, once pairing up with Lifestealer for a convenient bomb.
TongFu was so far ahead because of their near perfect play. They took down Roshan on the 17th and the mid melee barracks on the 19th, both under very little or no resistance. Fnatic was teamwiped at the 22-minute mark and called GG right after.
Fnatic.EU 0-1 TongFu
Game 2 – With their backs against the wall, Fnatic opted to go with a Lifestealer and a Chen, together with a Venomancer and Nature’s Prophet. A line-up seemingly built for pushing, TF looks well equipped as they have a Batrider and a Gyrocopter.
It was TongFu again who secured the first blood, and more importantly, it was Gyrocopter who had the kill. Fnatic came storming right back though, led by n0tail’s Chen. Chen had three kills and two assists on his team’s first five kills, as they lead the kill score 5-2 and held on to a tiny gold lead because of the tower they took.
Another big fight happened at the 16-minute mark, with the European team ending up again on top. They completed a teamwipe, drawing huge cheers from the crowd. It was another awesome micro play by n0tail, and Lifestealer was finally starting to catch up from the large deficit he was put at. Fnatic also finally found themselves ahead on the experience graph and they also improved their lead on the gold graph.
With the big lead, Puck had a questionable decision of purchasing Boots of travel. The Chinese were able to keep themselves on the game by keeping Puck, fnatic’s initiator, contained through continuous pressure and gank. They can only do so much though, and the slippery intelligence hero finally got his Dagger. This paved the way for several successful Lifestealer bombs, with the Boots of travel finally paying off.
Despite being behind at that moment, the Chinese was able to maintain the farm on their carry. They were also able to sneak Roshan on the 24th minute. Fnatic tried to continue their hunt for pick-offs, but they got counterganked this time by the lurking Batrider and Atropos who used their skills to disable the raged Lifestealer.
The following teamfights never really fell in favor of any team, with both of them trading kills and forcing buybacks off each other. Despite the massive DPS of Gyro, fnatic showed they can still a teamfight as they kited Gyro and ended up on top of a 4-2 exchange. After that though, it was a long stand-off of both teams trying to farm some more.
A crucial jump on the high ground by TongFu happeneed on the 42nd minute, which was made possible after Firefly gave vision and the Storm pulling Lifestealer over. Lifestealer was forced to buy back, but Fnatic just collapsed and got picked off one by one. With big items on the Gyrocopter, the Chinese team went straight for the throne after taking the middle lane. With three out of five heroes dead, there weren’t much chance for the Western team to defend and they called GG.
Fnatic.EU 0-2 TongFu
TongFu will be facing Na`Vi on the next round of the upper bracket. Their match is scheduled on the day after tomorrow.
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