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Team Secret struggles in Group B on Day 1 of The International 2018

Posted by Hitanshu "Anomalina" Budhwani at 16 August 2018 09:00

The favorites of Group B conceded games to an unexpected dark horse of the event, while VGJ.Storm surprised everyone by topping the group after the first day of matches at The International 8.

The group stage of The International 2018 started off with a bang, as teams gave us a glimpse of their planned strategies to make it to the top 4 of their respective groups. The TI8 meta is already taking shape, and certain heroes have suddenly jumped into the spotlight as potential most-contested picks of the tournament. Despite the fact that there hasn't been any major patch update, the meta is notably different from that of the last major of the DPC, the China Supermajor and The International 2018 Qualifiers.

VGJ.Storm made quick work of their first opponents, Vici Gaming, taking the series with an easy 2:0 victory. Newbee were able to accomplish the same against TNC Predator, who looked shaky in this first series but would come back to redeem themselves in their next one. One of the most talked about teams after just the first day was Team Serenity, the ultimate dark horse of the tournament who managed to take a game off of both Team Secret and Virtus.pro. The latter are generally expected to come out on top of the groups, but both had moments of underwhelming plays.

Virtus.pro did manage to nab some early points by decimating OpTic Gaming, who many believed performed way below their expectations. The American squad currently sits in the second to last place of Group B, but have plenty of opportunity to recover after their only series of the day, which was against none other than the CIS powerhouse. VGJ.Storm continued to please fans with another 2:0 victory, this time against Team Secret. The first team to qualify from the NA TI Regional Qualifiers were on fire today.

TNC was able to nudge into the top 4 after a 2:0 victory over Vici Gaming, who has been very disappointing in today's showing. Hopefully, they will evolve in the little time that they have to rise above the last place slot in the group. PaiN Gaming, the sole representatives of the South American region at TI8, had mixed results after their only series of the day. With a 1:1 score against Newbee. It is hard to say how competent they are right now, but time will soon tell.

Group B had fewer games played today, with only eight series played in total compared to the twelve of Group A. However, tomorrow that will get balanced out and we will have a better understanding of the power levels of each team. Perhaps the most anticipated and hype series will be the one that kicks off the day, the match between Virtus.pro and Team Secret. Simultaneously, NA mavericks OpTic Gaming and VGJ.Storm will be at the loggerheads to prove who's the best of the region.

That, and a lot more is to be expected on Day 2 of the group stages of The International 2018. 

Group A

Team P W D L Pts
Liquid 8 5 3 0 13
EG 8 6 1 1 13
PSG.LGD 8 4 3 1 11
OG 8 3 3 2 9
Fnatic 8 1 5 2 7
VGJ.T 8 2 2 4 6
Mineski 8 1 3 4 5
Winstrike 8 1 2 5 4
iG. 8 0 4 4 4
Schedule
PSG.LGD 1 – 1 OG Dota2
Team Liquid 1 – 1 Fnatic
Evil Geniuses 2 – 0 VGJ.Thunder
Invictus Gaming 1 – 1 Mineski
Team Winstrike 0 – 2 Mineski
VGJ.Thunder 1 – 1 PSG.LGD
Invictus Gaming 1 – 1 Evil Geniuses
Team Liquid 2 – 0 OG Dota2
Team Liquid 1 – 1 PSG.LGD
Evil Geniuses 2 – 0 Mineski
Fnatic 2 – 0 VGJ.Thunder
Team Winstrike 2 – 0 Invictus Gaming
Fnatic 1 – 1 Mineski
Team Winstrike 0 – 2 PSG.LGD
OG Dota2 0 – 2 Evil Geniuses
Invictus Gaming 1 – 1 Team Liquid
Team Winstrike 0 – 2 VGJ.Thunder
Mineski 0 – 2 OG Dota2
Invictus Gaming 1 – 1 Fnatic
PSG.LGD 0 – 2 Evil Geniuses
Invictus Gaming 0 – 2 VGJ.Thunder
OG Dota2 1 – 1 Fnatic
Mineski 0 – 2 Team Liquid
Team Winstrike 0 – 2 Evil Geniuses
VGJ.Thunder 1 – 1 Mineski
Team Winstrike 0 – 2 Team Liquid
Invictus Gaming 0 – 2 OG Dota2
PSG.LGD 2 – 0 Fnatic
Team Winstrike 1 – 1 Fnatic
Evil Geniuses 0 – 2 Team Liquid
OG Dota2 2 – 0 VGJ.Thunder
Invictus Gaming 0 – 2 PSG.LGD
Fnatic 0 – 2 Evil Geniuses
Mineski 0 – 2 PSG.LGD
Team Winstrike 1 – 1 OG Dota2
VGJ.Thunder 0 – 2 Team Liquid

Group B

Team P W D L Pts
VG.JS 8 5 2 1 12
Virtus.Pro 8 3 4 1 10
Secret 8 2 4 2 8
OpTic 8 3 2 3 8
Newbee 8 3 2 3 8
TnC 8 2 3 3 7
Serenity 8 1 5 2 7
VG 8 2 3 3 7
paiN 8 0 5 3 5
Schedule
OpTic Gaming 0 – 2 Virtus Pro
Team Serenity 1 – 1 Team Secret
VGJ.Storm 2 – 0 Vici Gaming
Newbee 2 – 0 TnC
TnC 2 – 0 Vici Gaming
paiN Gaming 1 – 1 Newbee
Virtus Pro 1 – 1 Team Serenity
VGJ.Storm 2 – 0 Team Secret
Team Secret 1 – 1 Virtus Pro
VGJ.Storm 1 – 1 OpTic Gaming
paiN Gaming 1 – 1 TnC
Vici Gaming 2 – 0 Newbee
paiN Gaming 1 – 1 Team Secret
Virtus Pro 1 – 1 TnC
OpTic Gaming 2 – 0 Newbee
Team Serenity 1 – 1 Vici Gaming
TnC 2 – 0 OpTic Gaming
VGJ.Storm 2 – 0 paiN Gaming
Team Secret 1 – 1 Vici Gaming
Newbee 2 – 0 Team Serenity
VGJ.Storm 2 – 0 TnC
Virtus Pro 2 – 0 Newbee
OpTic Gaming 1 – 1 Team Serenity
paiN Gaming 1 – 1 Vici Gaming
paiN Gaming 1 – 1 Virtus Pro
Team Serenity 1 – 1 TnC
VGJ.Storm 1 – 1 Newbee
Team Secret 2 – 0 OpTic Gaming
VGJ.Storm 2 – 0 Team Serenity
paiN Gaming 0 – 2 OpTic Gaming
Vici Gaming 2 – 0 Virtus Pro
TnC 0 – 2 Team Secret
paiN Gaming 0 – 2 Team Serenity
Vici Gaming 0 – 2 OpTic Gaming
Newbee 2 – 0 Team Secret
VGJ.Storm 0 – 2 Virtus Pro

Group B:

China ViCi Gaming
Brazil PaiN Gaming
China Team Serenity
United States OpTic Gaming
Russia Virtus Pro
Philippines TNC
United States VGJ.Storm
Europe Team Secret
China Newbee

 

The International 2018 Format:
 

  • Group Stage - August 15th - August 18th, 2018
    • All eighteen teams are divided into two groups where they play in a Round Robin format
      • All matches are played in a Bo2
      • The top four teams in each group advance to the Upper Bracket of the Main Event
      • The bottom team in each group is eliminated
      • The remaining teams advance to the Lower Bracket of the Main Event

 

The International 2018

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The International 2018 is set to begin on August 15 and scheduled to run through August 25. For the first time ever, The International will be held in Vancouver, Canada with a total of 18 teams competing. Currently, the prize pool is over a staggering $24 million. 

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