One of the two Chinese teams left in TI9, Vici Gaming was set to face Team Secret in a high-pressure best-of-three elimination match.
On the other hand, Vici Gaming had a tremendous group stage performance and handily defeated TNC in the Upper Bracket. However, they found themselves in the Lower Bracket after a loss to fellow Chinese powerhouse team, PSG.LGD.
Vici Gaming was unable to find their footing in the match against Team Secret, with the European squad finishing the Chinese squad off after two quick games.
Vici Gaming drafted a full disable line up with Leshrac, Tide Hunter, Lion, Earth Spirit, and a Medusa carry for Zhang “
Secret took an early advantage against VG, especially with their top tri-lane of Elder Titan, Rubick, and Io. And once Ludwig “zai’ Wahlberg hit level 6 on his Centaur, Secret was able to run down VG’s heroes.
Knowing how dangerous an Io carry
With an Aghanim’s Scepter on Nisha, Secret put the pressure on VG. And with
Team Secret was in complete control of game one and after a stolen Ravage from Yazied “Yapzor” Jaradat, VG was forced to tap out at the 23-minute mark.
With one game away from being eliminated from TI9, VG bet it all on an Alchemist carry for Paparazi. Secret countered with a Bristleback and Omniknight combo.
Again, Secret put the early pressure on VG by constantly threatening to take down their towers, while Alchemist focused on
Secret kept pressing forward with Nisha in the frontline, with Zai providing support with heals and his Heavenly Grace ability. At the 16-minute mark, Secret took down the Dire bottom set of Barracks.
Just like in game one, Secret stayed inside of VG’s base up until they were forced to fight back. But with a 13,000 gold lead on Team Secret’s side, the end was inevitable. VG was forced to call good game, and exit TI9.
Vici Gaming was understandably devastated after their loss to Team Secret, but they achieved a fifth-sixth finish at
Team Secret’s tournament run continues and must now face TI7 champions Team Liquid in the lower bracket semi-finals.