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The group stage of Dota 2‘s inaugural event, The International 7, has come and gone. While most of the matches went exactly as predicted, there were still a couple of twists and turns. The biggest just might be Fnatic’s early departure from the tournament after placing last in Group A. This means that fans will not be treated to Ohaiyo’s fancy gameplay, this year. 

Check out the finalised group stage table below.

via: gosugamers.net

Winners of each group were given the license to choose their first opponent in the main event. They could pick either the team that finished 3rd or 4th from the opposite group.

This is how the brackets shaped out to be.

via: gosugamers.net
via: gosugamers.net

There are a couple of interesting things to note here. For one, China once again proves that they’re a force to be reckoned with in this competition as FIVE teams made it through to the main event  — four teams in the upper bracket and one in the lower bracket. However, history suggests that a non-Chinese team will be taking home the Aegis of Immortality this year. Chinese teams were the victors of TI 2, TI 4 and TI 6. Once again, most fans around the world will be rooting against the Chinese teams as they’re considered “boring,” “lacking in personality” and “robotic.”

Two teams from the Philippines has also made it through to the main event: TnC and XctN. Unfortunately, there are no Malaysian teams (or teams with majority Malaysians) that made it through.