In their first meeting on the main stage of Benaroya Hall, Alliance dominated Na’Vi. That series let Alliance rest on top the Upper Bracket while Na’Vi had to prove themselves in a battle for the Lower Bracket crown to continue their journey.

The first game of the Finals started the same as the last, Na’Vi chose a bizarre draft that left them with a high risk move that simply failed. Alliance dominated them in under 30 minutes and it looked like Alliance would continue easily.

But then Na’Vi came roaring back. They put the pressure on and were quickly farming - farming in Alliance’s base. It took us 1-1.

The third game started with Na’Vi going strong, but then it just wasn’t clear if any team could string together any fights. Na’Vi would attack, Alliance counter, only to have Na’Vi counter again.

At one point, Na’Vi tried for Roshan, Alliance blocked by wiping Na’Vi. This put it in Alliance’s hands and they came charging back. The bear was a nightmare for Na’Vi in team fights and they simply could not establish control.

Finally Na’Vi started connecting fights and taking towers. Na’vi was in Alliance’s base making it look like a Tornado hit, taking down multiple rax. Alliance countered with a push that failed and resulted in GG.

Game four proved that each team was able to be dominate in the right conditions. From the six minute mark on, this was Alliance’s game. Na’Vi never gave up - but they never were in it.

This made it all down to game 5. The first game five ever for the International. One game would decide who became the Grand Champions.

Game 5? It’s too soon to put into words maybe. In a Tournament filled with great games, it was the greatest game we have ever seen. Not one single action by one team went uncountered by the other. It was a slug fest of team fights.

Na’Vi pushed on Alliance’s rax, so if you are Alliance what do you do? Take a tier three tower, maybe two of them, take some rax for yourself, push on the ancient.

That just means Na’Vi will come back and defend. Na’Vi pushed again but for every action, an equal reaction until we were left with an epic team fight on Na’Vi’s ancient battling for control while Alliance continued to sneak in attacks on the Ancient - UNTIL IT FELL.

Alliance wins. Alliance wins. We will post the video soon. Watch it. Sitting down.
Then There Were 2

What an incredible series.

Orange dominated the first game and it looked bleak for Na’Vi but they would not go down easily. They came back in the second game and took it convincingly as theirs.

That made it all about the third game. One team would be eliminated and end their day in third place and the other would go on to face Alliance.

Orange leapt out to an early lead, that looked insurmountable. At one point Orange was just hunting Na’Vi and dominating in gold, experience, and kills going to 26-12 at one point.

But then Na’Vi won one team fight, they looked like they were coming back only to have Orange shut them down.

This was their third act, this was their moment to either fade away in this tournament or turn it around.

To Orange’s disbelief, Na’Vi won one team fight by just not dying, then they won a team fight, then another, and another, and another. It turned into a slug fest with Na’Vi just overwhelming Orange and destroying any lead they had until Orange could do nothing but throw up their hands and type GG.

What a run by Orange. They have been in the lower bracket since day of the main event. They played more games, won more games against opponents who were favored. Somewhere along the way, led by Mushi, they become the darlings of The International.

And now this afternoon, they are gone.

We look to Na’Vi and Alliance to see who will be the best Dota team in the world.
Final Day of The International

We start today with a best of three match - Na’Vi vs Orange.

Na’Vi has won first place in the 1st International, second in the 2nd, are they destined for third place in the 3rd? No one can count them out yet. They beat Orange in their first meeting on the main stage but lost in two straight to Alliance. Will they keep their eye on the first match or will they be caught looking for revenge later this afternoon?

Orange will be tough competition. After their first loss to Na’Vi, they have won and played more games than anyone else. On Wednesday they followed their loss with a win over Dignitas. After a break on Thursday they started their marathon run - a single elimination win on Friday over Fnatic, then a loss in the first of three against DK. They woke Saturday morning and won two straight against DK and then came back that night to win two of three against TongFu only to have to wake up this morning and face Na’Vi once again.

Alliance waits for the winner. They have cruised through The International with only one loss to DK in both group and main stages. Teams have called them the scariest team they play - but most pick Na’Vi over Alliance to win it all. WIll they prove them wrong and win it all on their first visit to The International?

There are three teams starting today and only one will lift The Aegis of Champions tonight.