Two underdogs of The International 2019 would fight for their tournament lives today in Shanghai, China as Day 3 of the event kicked off with Newbee taking on Infamous.
While Newbee were able to place into the upper bracket, they were unable to stay afloat, facing OG as their first opponent. But the North American squad, playing under the Chinese organisation banner still had a shot at a lower bracket run – however, they would need to face off against the dark horses of TI9, Infamous. Unexpectedly to everyone in the Dota 2 community, Infamous have played some absolutely amazing games and were on the brink of reaching a milestone as the highest placed South American team in TI history, if they could overcome Newbee.
Right off the bat, the SA team went for their strongest picks, grabbing the Wraith King for Hector ‘K1’ Antonio Rodriguez – a pick that has seen them through many games at the event so far. While Newbee put up a great fight, they seemed to forget that they were constantly losing as a 5v4, with Hector farming uncontested. There were few moments where it seemed as though the NA squad would turn things around but there was always someone from Infamous waiting to shut the door.
Backs against the wall, Newbee seemed to find their footing in the next game. Yawar ‘Yawar’ Hassan’s Lifestealer as well as Quinn ‘CCnC’ Calahan’s Outworld Devourer were able to control and destroy Infamous – never allowing the South Americans to get any sort of grip on the match and forcing a decisive game three.
Not learning from game one, Newbee gave away the Wraith King once again and it would end in their demise. With only four heroes ever seen from Infamous they took control of the game, leaving Hector to farm up once more. By the time he joined the fight, Infamous already had a sizeable lead – but this time Newbee were a little more resilient.
It took some time but it was seemingly inevitable as Infamous forced the GG call, sending the South Americans into the top 8 of The International 2019 and making them the first ever South American team to reach that point. For Newbee, they would leave TI9 in an admirable 9th-12th place.