Our poll earlier in the week saw more than 47% of our users vote that Group A in the TI5 groupstages was the harder group, and the voices of the analysts on the opening day seemed to agree with the verdict. The first day of matches in Group A is over, and for those looking to get the main headlines, we look back on the big talking points and things to take away from Day One of Group A.
The second game of Fnatic versus Invictus Gaming was a 94 minute extravaganza, the longest game in the groupstages by far, and featuring a 3rd pick Wraith King, two casual rapiers and a Witch Doctor ultimate from within the treeline that would make a grown man cry. The game was cast by TobiWan and Wagamama, who could both not contain their excitement at what was unfolding before their very eyes.
On the back of SoNNeikO outstanding performance on Earthshaker Na'Vi secured a draw against Cloud 9. However, it could have definitely been a 2-0 win as they were leading significantly in the first game also. C9 on the other hand are underperforming significantly as they have only 1 point after two series, and could well struggle to make a top 4 placement if they do not gather their thoughts before tomorrow's matches.
Still reeling after being thrown out of ESL One Frankfurt to Team Secret's Techies and Tusk combo, Chai 'Mushi' Yee Fung led his team to a triumphant victory in Game 2 in the first round of matches in the TI5 Group Stage. While it splits the series 1-1, it's certainly a huge upset for Secret, who most likely expected to cruise through the earlier parts of TI with little difficulty.
Cloud 9 G2A just threw away an enormous 20k net worth advantage in the first game of the LGD Gaming vs Cloud 9 G2A. LGD with their backs against the wall got behind their star midlaner Yao 'Maybe' Lu's Divine Ember Spirit, who took over the game after a questionble C9 fountain dive. Maybe scorched C9 with his unique item build which included two Divine Rapiers by the end, but it was C9's game to lose.
The final game for the Wildcard saw MVP Phoenix completing the lineup for the main event. With their sister team, MVP HOT6 already in the group stages, this year's TI5 will see 2 Korean teams taking home a share of the $17mil prize pool. Hot_Bid sat down with Tae Won 'March' Park a day before the Wildcard Rounds for a quick, yet personal interview.
MVP Phoenix bounced back from a poor start in the decisive match against Vega Squadron in a climactic final game. A last pick Omniknight for MVP turned out to be a crucial pick versus the Slardar/Windranger combo of Vega, but the star of the finale was Kim 'QO' Seon-Yeob, who run rampant on Shadow Fiend. The long road for Vega who qualified through a stacked EU qualifiers is over, and MVP.Phoenix take the second groupstage...
The first day of the TI group stages is Monday the 27th, but with three games running simultaneously in five blocks across the day it's getting awfully difficult to choose what to watch. Don't worry: jD will be your groupstage sherpa to guide you through the tortuous peaks and demanding valleys of these group stages. What games should you watch day one? Which ones have the best backstories? Let's find out.