Day 2 of the TI9 group stages is over and we’ve seen some crazy results in Shanghai giving us an indication to expect the unexpted – which is pretty much the theme of most TI championships! After day 2, this is what the two groups look like:https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js
It was a good day in the office for OG, who started off the day with a 2-0 win over their arch-rivals Evil Geniuses. That was followed up by a win over NiP with Io as their position 1 carry in both games. OG closed off the day with a convincing 2-0 win over RNG, putting them on the top of group B. The TI8 champions seem to be in great form two days into TI9, quite opposite as compared to their plight last year in the group stages early on.
PSG.LGD bolstered their record of 5-1 from day 1 to 8-2 to put themselves second in group A, behind the undefeated Team Secret. Their first game of the day ended with a draw against Newbee. The Chinese team played Faceless Void in both games, winning the first one without a lot of resistance and losing a nail biter after it. But the result that should give them a lot of confidence going into day 3 is the 2-0 win against Team Liquid. PSG.LGD have had a bad record against Team Liquid in the recent past, losing to them in the crucial stages of big tournaments. The most recent loss was in the lower bracket of the last DPC Major of the season, the Epicenter Major. It must have felt good for LGD to exorcise the ghosts of the past and propel themselves into a commanding position to reach the upper bracket.
Evil Geniuses and their supporters must be breathing a sigh of relief at the end of that day. Between yestrday and the start of today, EG’s score was 1-5. But the team that finished third at TI8 dug deep and brought themselves back into contention for the upper bracket with successive series wins over RNG and Vici Gaming. A win against RNG wasn’t too surprising, but the one against Vici Gaming was. Vici Gaming seemed to be the Team Secret of group B, winning their first three series. But then they dropped a game unexpectedly against Infamous and could not manage to get anything from their series against EG.
Peruvian Dota 2 supporters must celebrating as the only South American team made some waves in group B. After a loss on day 1, a lot of people might have probably thought Infamous was the team that would drop out from the group. But on day 2, they took a game off the in-form Na’Vi, the Chinese Juggernaut Vici Gaming and defeated SEA top dogs Fnatic to end on a high. Their carry, Hector, gave the SA Dota 2 community some more reasons to cheer with a stellar Wraith King performance, which managed to break a few records.
Props to @Infamous_GG who pull off their second huge upset of the day. Hector’s 930 GPM on Wraith King is the 2nd highest on the hero in pro #Dota2 history. He’s the first player ever to break 30k Net Worth on the hero by 35:00. #TI9— Nahaz (@NahazDota) August 16, 2019
The final story of the day includes two TI9 favorites who might not make the upper bracket – Team Liquid in group A and Virtus Pro in group B. Both teams are languishing at the 6th position in the group, although Liquid have played a series more than VP. The two teams don’t seem to have found their foothold and the next two days will bear a lot of importance if they wish to mount a challenge for the Aegis.
Games to look out for on day 3:
Team Secret vs TNC (first series)
Virtus Pro vs OG (second series)
Team Liquid vs Alliance (third series)
Team Secret vs PSG.LGD (fifth series)
Team Liquid vs Keen Gaming (fifth series)