By Jeremy Say

The International 6 is finally here, and we’ve got quick recap of Day 1 and the Wild Card for you.

 

Warning- spoilers abound.

Wild Card

Complexity (NA), EHOME (China), Escape Gaming (Euro), Execration (SEA)

Notable Game/Highlights

Abed Meepo

Results

1st – EHOME, 2nd – Escape Gaming

 

Day 1

Group A

Alliance, Escape Gaming, Evil Geniuses, LGD Gaming, Natus Vincere, OG, TNC Gaming, Wings Gaming

LGD with stand-in Wang “Banana” Jiao seems to still be on form as they end the day in the top 3, alongside Evil Geniuses and OG.  It is not really surprising that two time major winner OG is on the top in the group stage, but Evil Geniuses finally seem to have found their form again (without Artour “Arteezy” Babaev’s again). Perhaps Evil Geniuses could win another TI or Banana wins two- or perhaps OG can prove yet again that they are not a one patch team?

Wild-card Escape Gaming falls to the bottom with a single win against Na`Vi who had a tough day finishing at 2-4.

Notable Games/Highlights

    • Zai: 


  • Natus Vincere vs Escape Gaming Match 2 – Na`vi deploys Drow “Range” strategy

navi-range-strat

    • Highlights: 



  • Evil Geniuses vs OG Match 1 – MoonMeander first blood again

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    • Highlights: 


  • OG vs LGD Match 2 – 9K Juggernaut and Refresher Elder Titan
    • Highlights: 



Group B

Digital Chaos, EHOME, Fnatic, MVP PhoenixNewbee, Team Liquid, Team Secret, Vici Gaming Reborn

The group of DEATH is strong with this one, as there is a 4 way tie for first place with Newbee, EHOME, Team Secret and Digital Chaos coming out on top. Hopefully these teams can keep their footing as Team Liquid and MVP Phoenix continue to nip at their heels. Sadly, both Vici Gaming Reborn and Fnatic are at rock bottom without a single win. *Secretly cheers for Team Secret*

Notable Games/Highlights

  • MVP Phoenix vs Team Secret Match 2Jacky “EternaLEnVy” Mao’s Batrider and the battle that never ended (5+ minutes of nonstop action)
    • Infinite Fight: 

    • Highlights 17%:


    • Highlights Comeback: 


  • Team Secret vs Vici Gaming Reborn Match 2Arteezy raid boss Huskar
    • Highlights:


  • EHOME vs Team Liquid Match 2 – Naga’s Song -> BurrowStrike -> Epicenter
    • Don’t clump: 

Results

TI6-Group-Stage-Day-1-Standings