Again The International 2015 is marred by delays as the first game of the day has hit nearly an hour of pause time so far and more than half the seats have emptied. The cause of delays appear to be different than yesterday because the Key Arena network is still working. AT 12:32 local time, Paul 'Redeye' Chaloner announced that the cause was linked to Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attacks.
In the second series of the day, Cloud 9 G2A could not hold back the rampaging force of nature in CDEC.Douyu. The Western squad succumbed in a (2-0) sweep after enduring an approximately hour-long pause. CDEC now moves onwards after already securing a purse of over 1 million USD. How did C9 end up in a fight to the death against VG as early as day 2?
Na'Vi surprised most of the world when they took their qualifier seat at the top of the European scene. It speaks volumes that a team including three former TI winners with more combined TI games than almost any other modern team would be considered a dark horse in the qualifiers. Where many teams would falter or switch crew, Na'Vi stuck with Dendi and XBOCT. But is loyalty costing Na'Vi championships?
NBA superstar Jeremy Lin made a cameo on the TI5 panel earlier today during the opening LGD versus Empire game. The Charlotte Hornets gave his insights into the 'aggressive warding' coming into play, as well as commenting on the similarities between Dota 2 and basketball. The NBA player has made his love of the game known in the past but his appearance on the panel clearly made an impact on the Dota 2 personalities.
TI4 defending champions Newbee were an underdog last year and took down the top teams in the world to finally claim the Aegis. Thereafter, the team faced a period of disappointing performances. They were nonetheless directly invited to TI5 to defend their title as the best team in the world. However, Newbee will not be claiming such a title this year as MVP Phoenix rose to the occasion and ended Newbee's run in TI5.
With Cloud 9's upper bracket under fire, festivities were delayed when the network suddenly dropped during game #2 against CDEC. Not only did the broadcasters lose connection to the game, but all inbound Internet traffic ceased to the stadium as well. The players, however, still had access to their game over local network and continued to play several minutes before pausing.
LGD Gaming's Zhang 'xiao8' Ning did not expect his team to do so well, but the Chinese team just knocked down Empire to be certain of at least $1,000,000. We spoke to the TI4 champion, who shared his thoughts on the importance of the psychological factor as well as his respect for the Western scene's ability to adapt faster to patches. However, Xiao8 is staying humble: 'even if it's not a good result, I won't regret.'
We are coming LIVE from Seattle! After a dazzling opening ceremony with a speech from Gabe himself, LGD vs. Empire kicked off The International. If you missed the opening series of TI5's Main Event, here are the decisive moments that gave LGD the edge in the BO3 series!