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The International 2018's final day – A story for the Aegis

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We are entering the final day of The International 2018 and in the early hours of Sunday morning, one team will lift the Aegis of Champions and claim the lion’s share of the biggest prize pool in esports history. The prize pool now stands at over $25,3 million, which is R360 million at the current Dollar to Rand exchange rate.

It has been one unforgettable ride as we have been so excited to bring you all the coverage from The International 2018, so I just want to thank all our readers for joining us on this journey.

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During the show yesterday, the cosplay winners where drawn and my mind was blown just looking at the level of detail and work going into these amazing creations, with my personal favourite being the Ogre Magi. It’s been one of the best tournaments ever so far and the final day promises some of the greatest Dota 2 you have ever seen.

Below the cosplay video, there are obvious spoilers in the form of the results from Day 5, fantasy picks and most importantly, a story unfolding that will be remembered forever.

Main Event Day 6 Matchups

Tonight at 19:00, The International 2018’s final day will kick off and no one should miss it. The first match will be the lower bracket finals with the last remaining Chinese team facing off against Evil Geniuses. PSG.LGD, the Chinese juggernaut, have proven themselves both in the DPC and in The International 2018 so far as one of the strongest teams out there and since it is China’s turn to win, and the number “8” is considered to be very lucky in Chinese culture, the odds are stacked against Evil Geniuses.

However, I would love to see Evil Geniuses take down PSG.LGD as then, the Grand Finals of The International 2018 will no doubt have one of the greatest Dota 2 stories ever told. The winner of PSG.LGD and Evil Geniuses will face off against a team that very few people thought would make it this far, the comeback kings, OG.

Friendship, betrayal and the Aegis

After the completion of Day 2 of The International 2018’s Main Event, I spoke about a heart-breaking and intriguing story slowly unfolding when EG faced off against OG in the upper bracket. OG proved to the world in that match that they are to be feared and respected, taking down EG in a stunning match, coming back from an immense deficit to clinch the series.

However, there is much more to it than just two great teams going up against each other. For those who haven’t been following the scene, you should know that the long-time friend of N0tail and co-creator of OG, Fly, left the organization and took S4 with him in a shocking turn of events a few months before The International 2018.

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N0tail and the rest of OG were left in a position where they had to go through the gruelling qualifiers and from the interview during The International 2018, it is clear that the loveable N0tail took the split hard, as he didn’t want to speak about it at all.

There is definitely a lot of feelings between these two players and as a long-time OG fan, I had tears of joy in my eyes when OG managed to bring down EG in the upper bracket. Unlike N0tail who didn’t want to speak about the situation, Fly was ready to talk about it and honestly, I think he is eating his words at the moment with OG awaiting the winners of EG and PSG.LGD in the grand finals of The International 2018.

In an interview by Kaci with Evil Geniuses at The International 2018, Fly was asked why he left OG and said the following:

The team hasn’t worked for a long time and I can say personally that I lost a lot of motivation. When the whole situation arose where I could join EG, I felt a new surge of motivation where I felt like this is really a team I could win with, as opposed to the previous team where I felt we kind of hit a dead end. In the end, I want to win and I want to do it with teammates I believe in.

Now, OG awaits the winners of EG and PSG.LGD in the finals and judging by their performance against PSG.LGD and all the others they faced in The International 2018 so far, they might just be the favourites now to take it all down.

Check out the highlights from OG versus PSG.LGD in the upper bracket finals below. It was, by far, the best match of the tournament so far in my opinion and the entire three-game series was basically one big highlight reel, with OG showing why they are the comeback kings and proving to the world that they are to be feared and respected by every top team out there.

It was an incredible match that went the distance and showcases OG’s resolve when their backs are up against the wall facing the best teams in the world. Is there any doubt left that OG is a top tier team? No, there is not.

Fantasy Challenge Picks

My fantasy picks for Day 5 of the Main Event paid off as I went all in on Team Liquid and as it turns out, they did manage to beat down Team Secret so they played two matches on the day. Sitting at a total score of 2788.82 right now means that if you’ve been following my picks you have probably secured a top 10% finish and that tasty reward of 16,000 Battle Points.

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Now on to my picks for the final day and this is really a tough one. Either EG or PSG.LGD will play two matches on the day, with the winner of the lower bracket finals having a total of five games count towards their fantasy point score.

If you are a bit behind in the fantasy challenge, the maximum point pick will be either full EG or PSG.LGD, while you can also play it a bit safer and pick a mixed team between these two organizations.

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As you can see, I went with the safer route, picking from both PSG.LGD and EG, then N0tail from OG just for the love. However, there is an even safer route to take, because three games in the grand final count toward a player’s fantasy points, going full OG guarantees 3 games worth of points, while EG and PSG.LGD are only guaranteed 2 games worth of points since one of them will lose.

Only GabeN knows what will happen in the upper bracket finals. Therefore, with the above picks, I should very likely be able to break the 3000 points.

So, there you have it, everything you need to know about The International 2018’s final day.  

Which team do you think will claim the Aegis of Champions and what are your thoughts on the whole EG and OG drama? Let us know in the comment section below and share your predictions for the final day of The International 2018 with us.

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