posted by Smyke,
Technical issues are still a huge problem for the viewing experience at The International 2018. However, Day Two had some amazing highlights which made us forget about the problems. First and foremost the world class midlaners take action.

He can run, but he can't hide

Let's start with the most incredible Sun Strike we saw in a while. Omar 'w33haa' Aliwi demonstrates his patience while Yeik Nai 'MidOne' Zheng desperately tries to run home for the safe fountain.

The fight to death

However, this was not MidOne's first and only battle of the day: he was matched with Vladimir 'No[o]ne' Minenko on his lane. This time he killed his opponent in a beautiful fashion.

Abed fights in the wrong base

Fnatic vs. Mineski - this game took way too long. The first clip confirms it:

Fnatic sits on a very satisfying 16k gold lead at that point and is pushing high ground to destroy the second set of racks while Abed 'Abed' Yusop is able to kill Michael 'ninjaboogie' Ross on Vengeful Spirit.

Johan 'pieliedie' Åström tries to rescue Abed out of the 1v3, but he jumps on Kam 'Moon' Boon Seng. Too bad: the Tinker player just blinked in the base and Abed on Huskar with him - this was the end of Abed and the start for Moon's all-star performance.

Almost ten minutes later Mineski and Fnatic are fighting again. Fnatic tries to kill Moon on the Tinker, but can't get a hold on him, thanks to his teammates. He barely escapes on 25 health thanks to a perfect usage of Manta Style - what a wonderful game!

"kpii with the Wiggly Wobbly Taunty Woo"

Jin 'flyfly' Zhiyi against Damien 'kpii' Chok in a fight to death - at least for Team Serenity's carry. No wonder ODPixel gets excited.

The ultimate thief

Ludwig 'zai' Wåhlberg saw the perfect opportunity to snatch the Aegis. In the end he kills Rosh and gets the Aegis - worth it!

Miracle- with the tip against BoBoKA

The series between Invictus Gaming and Team Liquid was pure excitement. Game one already developed into a huge fight around the Ancients in the end.

Liquid lost the first game, but didn't get nervous. Especially Miracle- stayed cold as ice in game two. In a very important team fight he kills Ye 'BoBoKa' Zhibiao and takes the time to tip him with a 'Well Played!'.

Here is the same play again, just from Miracle-'s point of view. Bad mannering or not, you need to have the guts to do that during a team fight at the most important tournament of the Dota year.

Which was your highlight of the day?