By Jeremy Say

Day 2 is now underway, with many teams under intense pressure as they try to either stay on top or climb the group rankings. If you missed Day 1, here is a link to our previous article. Warning- as usual, spoilers abound.

Day 2

Group A

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

Group A is shaping up well with players like Jimmy “Demon” Ho, well known for the “Classic Jimmy”, has finally found himself captaining rising team TNC as they tie for 4th place with Alliance.  Above TNC but not far ahead are Evil Geniuses, OG and Wings Gaming.

Congratulations are in order to Wings Gaming making it to the top 3, bumping LGD down as they start to show some wear due to a significant drop. Day 3, however is going to be the provings grounds for some as they can still secure a top finish in the group stages. With only two more best of 2 matches ahead, teams can only win at most four points as they try to leapfrog to the front, assuming they win all their matches. Not to mention the possibilities of tie breakers.

Notable Games/Highlights

  • Natus Vincere vs Alliance – Level 1 Roshan in Match 2
    • Level 1 Roshan (4:16) + Highlights : 


  • TNC Gaming vs Evil Geniuses Match 1 – Full 5 man wipes stealing the aegis + 72 minutes of Drow “Range” strategy.
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Group B

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

Well, Team Secret lost 6 games on Day 2 with the drafts looking awkward even with Kanishka ‘Sam’ “BuLba” Sosale’s amazing plays, they now have dropped faster than an anchor to the bottom of the group. This wasn’t the only unexpected event, it was as if a hurricane swept through Group B. The hurricane that is Digital Chaos which swept through the standings, making Shannon “SUNSfan” Scotten proud- perhaps those Sunsfan desktop backgrounds finally worked. Digital Chaos in an impressive showing schooled not only Team Secret but Newbee as well 2-0. The hurricane doesn’t end as other upsets occurred, like Vici Gaming Reborn vs Team Liquid 2-0. Then lastly there is EHOME’s phenomenal display as they already on Day 2 secured themselves a guaranteed top 4 position in the group stages. Expect clownly things from EHOME on Day 3.

Notable Games/Highlights

  • EHOME vs Team Secret – Team Secret falls apart as EHOME crushes them
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Results

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