MSI Day 7: Marines Shut Down SuperMassive

3 – 1 win secures a main stage appearance for the Vietnamese team.

by Kim Newsome, EIC

GIGABYTE Marines are the final team to qualify for the group stage of the 2017 Mid-Season Invitational, taking down SuperMassive 3 – 1.  A team of relative unknowns from the Garena Pro League, GIGABYTE Marines have made their mark on MSI’s Play-In rounds in Sao Paolo, Brazil thanks to their aggressive play style and top notch team fights.

Quantas Studios in São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil on 6 May 2017.

There wasn’t much hype around the team coming into the tournament, and most analysts didn’t pick the team to emerge from a Group B that included Virtus.Pro and Lyon Gaming.  Marines topped the group with ease, and then shocked the world by taking Team SoloMid to five games in their Round 2 match.

Games 1 and 4 were sub-25 minute matches featuring Marines swashbuckling offense and uptempo play style.  SuperMassive managed to take Game 2, but just couldn’t keep up in the third game.

GIGABYTE Marines are the third team to qualify from the Play-In rounds, joining Team SoloMid and Flash Wolves in the group stages.

The main part of the 2017 Mid-Season Invitational begins Wednesday, May 11th, as G2 Esports faces SK Telecom T1, followed by a match between Team WE and Flash Wolves.

Photos courtesy of Riot Games.

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