The International 2019 day one group stage matches marathon came to an end sometime around 11:00 PM in Shanghai China. All 18 teams fighting this year for the Aegis of Champions disputed their first series of the tournament. Some had three match-ups scheduled on day one, some had only two encounters to deal with.
Team Secret, the 2018-2019 Dota Pro Circuit rankings leaders played three series today, a total of six games won for them despite making their TI9 debut with a hard fought game one against Alliance.
Team Secret Day 1 results:
- 2:0 versus Alliance
- 2:0 versus Newbee
- 2:00 versus Team Liquid
Secret’s prodigy carry, Michał “Nisha” Jankowski made his TI debut today. His very first game at the most important Dota 2 tournament brought him a negative record as he registered his worst performance of his entire career. He was drafted Arc Warden and got bullied by Samuel “Boxi” Svahn’s offlane Ogre Magi. Fortunately for Secret, AW wasn’t their only plan to win the game and while the Swedish team was choking them in the base, Yeik “MidOne” Nai Zheng built Secret’s comeback option by taking the mid lane tier three tower from Alliance. Secret made a comeback from mega creeps to score their first victory of the day and continued to toy with their adversaries’ morale through the next series. Newbee were almost in the same situation with Alliance, losing two games in a row that looked like secured victories. Team Secret’s last series was versus Team Liquid and it was a battle of mind games between the only two players who have attended every TI so far.
Kuro “KuroKy” Salehi did his best to hide the picks for Aliwi “w33” Omar, but his efforts were in vain. In game one, Kuro went with a Mars pick in the first phase of the draft and the hero proved to be for w33. Liquid did manage to take the early laning stage lead with on point rotations from Mars, but they ran out of steam through the mid stage of the game and found themselves in the impossibility of delivering the high magic damage they needed, as Clement “Puppey” Ivanov on Chen was constantly showing in battles with three creeps with magic resistance auras. In game two, Liquid had an early Puck pick, which in the end was meant for Kuro in the support 5 position, while w33 got Meepo with his team last pick. However, Team Secret had the overall last pick of the drafting stage and countered the Meepo master with a mid-lane Earthshaker to finish the day with 6 victories.
Vici Gaming Day 1 results:
- 2:0 versus Royal never Give Up
- 2:0 versus Fnatic
Third in the DPC rankings, VG are regarded as one of the Chinese teams with the best shot at keeping the Aegis in Shanghai. Day one in the group stage started for them with a China vs China battle against RNG. It was mostly a warm up series for VG, who played a fast paced tempo around Alchemist in game one and Gyrocopter in game two. Their series with Fnatic, however, was a bit more disputed as game two went on for nearly one hour. Fnatic had in game two a safe lane Pudge and a mid-lane Arc Warden and despite not creating serious issues for VG in the early game, the high ground push was an absolute nightmare for the Chinese. They needed three Aghanim Scepters, on Gyrocopter, Shadow Fiend and Windranger to be able to cut through the incredible strong defense of Fnatic.
PSG.LGD were also extremely close to end the day with a clean performance, but they stumbled in their last series upon TNC Predator, who managed to take game one from them. Nonetheless, the TI8 finalists do have a record to be proud of at the end of day one at TI9.
Maybe becomes the player with the highest kill score for a single team
Lu “Maybe ” Yao at his 23 years old is at his fourth consecutive The International playing in the LGD jersey and today he surpassed the Dota 2 iconic mid laner, Danil “Dendi” Ishutin in numbers of kills scored for a single team. Upon winning the second game against TNC, Maybe boasts now 10413 kills for LGD Gaming, taking down Dendi’s record of 10405 kills landed under the Na’Vi banner.