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!
The players arrived to the biggest event of the year in style, in stretched limos. Teams arrived one after another, with the players then doing the long walk up the red carpet. For most of the players it was a mixture of excitement and trepidation, with Cloud9 probably looking the most excited about the manner in which they arrived at the illustrious event.
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Tomorrow the first casualties of the main event will hit the floor $50,000 richer and a year's worth of aspirations lighter. Unlike prior TI's, every qualified team will play the big stage this year... but still only one can walk away the champion. Twenty players have won before, but twelve players this year are striving to be among the first repeat winners in history.
Team EG captain Peter 'ppd' Dager was quizzed on the current state of the American scene, and the DAC winner put the lack of strong US teams down to a lack of strong leadership. 'I think compLexity is a really good team, they have what a lot of other teams lack which is solid direction and focus in a game,' said PPD, who also went onto explain that some players have the potential but do not have the drive yet.
NaVi's carry Alexander 'XBOCT' Dashkevich wore his heart on his sleeve in an interview by IneskaUA posted earlier today, in which he admits being left bewildered at his team's poor performance at TI. Much like team-mate Dendi who commented that their team had initially started their campaign in high spirits, XBOCT said that TI was like 'a whole new world' and that they were struggling to adapt to it.
Metagame is a complicated web of value and evaluation, with each team trying to determine the balance between denying opponents effective heroes without losing their own. Every major tournament sees metagame shifts in hero, strategy, itemization, and laning popularities, but The International traditionally has a larger impact. Which heroes were most valued and which were most effective?