In Group B VGJ.Storm had a great day without losing any matches. In Group A, EG ended a successful day with 5 wins and only one loss. Team captain Tal “Fly” Aizik selected his two favorite supports to ensure a smooth first day of play in Vancouver, Canada. With Crystal Maiden and Phoenix in support, EG defeated VGJ.Thunder and Mineski with a score of 2-0.
According to The International 2018 tournament rules, players cannot swap heroes and EG has fallen into this irony situation. In their match against IG, they confused fans after the ban/pick phase ended, where Fly and Artour “Arteezy” Babaev missedclick and resulted in RTZ using Phoenix and Fly using Clinkz.
IG was also affected when they were surprised by this, despite this unfortunate missclick EG still managed to beat the IG team with a brilliant Enigma performance by Gustav “s4” Magnusson.
“Having a good laugh after a certain missclick…”
— Evil Geniuses (@EvilGeniuses) August 15, 2018
The funny thing here is that although the team won the first match, the team lost the second match even though Phoenix went to Fly. IG owns a pair of Gyrocopter and Io, which makes Sun “Agressif” Zheng play more aggressive and confident, ending the match with a KDA score of 20/2/14.
Chinese teams don’t play at their level
Group A’s 2 favorites are Liquid and PSG.LGD started TI with an unexpected result. The TI7 champions looked like they weren’t at their best when they lost their 2nd game to Fnatic with a 39-1 kill score. At the same time, PSG.LGD had the same problem as they tried to get a perfect win against OG.
— OG (@OGesports) August 15, 2018
The Chinese team had a great victory thanks to the Io – Gyrocopter pair, although they still owned this pair in the 2nd game, the team could not win thanks to the counter pick Silencer from OG. The unlucky day continued with PSG.LGD and the team taking 5th place in Group A, this was because they always drew with the teams they faced. Meanwhile, 2 teams from the SEA region, Fnatic and Mineski, are in 3rd and 4th place.
The first day of TI8 went badly for Chinese fans. None of their teams performed great and out of the 6 Chinese teams, 2 of them were at the bottom of the group, VGJ.Thunder in Group A with 1 win and 5 losses, in Group B Vici Gaming with no. win is 0.
— Wykrhm Reddy (@wykrhm) August 16, 2018
However, there are still many opportunities for them to take it back. The group stage of TI8 has just begun and 18 teams have more than 3 days left. Rankings are bound to change, so stay tuned for more info.
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