Halfway through the TI5 group stage, LGD suffered their first and only loss so far and are tied for the top place in Group A with TI5 favorites, Team Secret, both with 10 points. Evil Geniuses are leading Group B with 8 points, followed by the Chinese Wild Card winners, CDEC, with 6 points. Both MVP teams and Na’Vi are sitting at the bottom of their groups, having struggled to find their rhythm thus far.
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LGD Gaming suffered their first and only loss in the TI5 group stage so far to Invictus Gaming, due to Xu “BurNIng” Zhilei’s infamous Anti Mage.
Team Secret went undefeated today, having swept through all of their opponents and giving fans a Techies showcase in one of their games against Cloud 9.
compLexity Gaming continue to look unexpectedly strong, besting Na’Vi, 2:0, and taking one game from Invictus Gaming. The North American team is now in the third place in Group A.
Cloud 9 finished the second day of the TI5 group stage with a 50% win-rate, winning their series versus Fnatic, but dropping both games against Team Secret. Barely holding on to it, they are currently in the fourth place position in Group A.
Fnatic and Invictus Gaming are sitting with a 3-point record, while Na’Vi and MVP.Phoenix are at the bottom of Group A, with 2 points each.
Evil Geniuses went undefeated, taking all four of their matches today, and landing the first place in Group B, with 8 points.
Chinese Wildcard contenders that qualified for the main event, CDEC, are second in Group B, with 6 points. Although they lost both of their matches against Virtus.Pro, they managed to chew through Team Empire, 2:0.
Virtus.Pro and ViCi Gaming are tied in the 3rd/4th spot in their group, with 5 points each.
Team Empire bested their CIS counterparts, Virtus.Pro, 2:0, but fell to CDEC in both games, despite Airat “Silent” Gaziev’s rampage.
Both Newbee and EHOME are sitting in the lower half of Group B with 3 points each, after having tied the series between them, while MVP.Hot6ix are at the bottom of the group, with only one point.
TI5 Group Stage standings, day 2
TI5 group stage day 2 games
Group A: Fnatic 0:2 Cloud 9
With Johan “BigDaddy” Sundstein on his signature hero, Io, one of the meta’s favorite picks, Gyrocopter, and Adrian “FATA-“ Trinks having a great game on Beastmaster, Cloud 9 were able to convincingly take the first game from Fnatic, in 39 minutes.
Cloud 9 went with the Gyrocopter pick again, while Fnatic’s Chai “Mushi” Yee Fung went with an Ember Spirit for Game 2. Although Mushi had a great game yesterday with the hero, today’s game would not go as well for him. Cloud 9 would start to steadily take control and eventually pushed for the victory.
Group A: Invictus Gaming 1:1 LGD
LGD seized first blood in Game 1, proving to their Chinese counterparts that they were ready for a serious match. They continued to establish control, even though Invictus Gaming had picked the Tiny-Io combo. With the Bristleback and Gyrocopter on their lineup, LGD were able to easily take the first game, extending their undefeated record from the first day of the TI5 group stage into the second one.
IG drafted Xu “BurNIng” Zhilei his infamous Anti Mage for Game 2. By 11 minutes into the game, BurNIng was already able to obtain his Battlefury and went 8:0:0. Even though LGD’s Lu “Maybe” Yao on Templar Assassin was well farmed and the team did their best to hold their ground, when late game rolled around they had no disables to shut down BurNIng’s Anti Mage, allowing him to split push and fight them fairly safely.
Group A: compLexity 2:0 Natus Vincere
compLexity scored the first kill of the game but it would be Na’Vi that would dominate the early game. compLexity were able to repel Na’Vi’s early advances into the base in early mid game with a four-man wipe and give themselves some much needed space. After some back and forth exchanges and thrilling game-play, compLexity would seize the advantage they needed and push themselves to victory.
In the second game of the series, Natus Vincere lost top and bottom lane and continued to lag behind compLexity. It would be eight minutes before the Ukrainians would get their first kill. A team wipe at minute 18, another one four minutes later and yet another one less than two minutes after would destroy all hopes for Na’Vi to stage a comeback.
Group A: Team Secret 2:0 Cloud 9
Team Secret started Game 1 with a double kill first blood for Artour “Arteezy” Babaev. Cloud 9 went for the Anti Mage split push game and at one point they even managed to out-play Team Secret. However, it would not be enough, as Team Secret’s heroes were too strong and farmed. Kuro “KuroKy” Salehi Takhasomi showcased some beautiful plays and spell steals on his signature Rubick.
Team Secret picked up Techies for Game 2. The combo of Tusk-Techies seemed to be too much for Cloud 9 to handle, even with a Naga Siren pick. Team Secret closed in on them little by little and were eventually able to take base.
Group A: LGD 2:0 MVP.Phoenix
MVP.Phoenix Kim “Febby” Yong-min drew first blood, but LGD responded immediately. In a complete domination, LGD would take the first game in the series in 39 minutes, with a score of 33:10, thanks to their Tiny-Io combo and a strong Tuskar and Storm Spirit.
The second game of the series was completely one-sided in favor of LGD. The Chinese would end the game in only 32 minutes, with a score of 28:6. “Maybe” completely overpowered the game with a flawless Shadow Fiend which went 13:0:8 by the end.
Group A: Invictus Gaming 1:1 compLexity
Although the laning phase and early game were relatively even between both teams, Invictus Gaming started to pull ahead with an amazing game for both Luo “Ferrari_430” Feichi’s Storm Spirit going 11:0:15 and Zeng “Faith” Hongda’s Undying with a 9:1:12 score. compLexity quickly fell behind and the game became completely one-sided.
In the second game of the series, compLexity picked up Techies. With an overwhelming presence on the map, and a score of 12:9:5, including suicides, the Techies pick would prove to be strong enough to allow compLexity to dominate the game and take full control of the map.
Group A: Natus Vincere 0:2 Team Secret
In Game 1, Team Secret were sure to ban two of Akbar “SoNNeikO” Butaev’s signature heroes: Winter Wyrevn and Earthshaker. Na’Vi drew first blood on “Arteezy” and would establish a great early game, but it was Team Secret that would end up dominating and taking the victory.
Game 2 started with Na’Vi banning out Techies, but Team Secret would answer with a Tuskar pick instead. While the game started out relatively even, and Gleb “Funn1k” Lipatnikov showcased some stellar Phoenix ultis, it was Artour “Arteezy” Babaev’s incredibly farmed 30K networth Anti Mage that would prove to be the game winning hero.
Group A: Fnatic 1:1 MVP.Phoenix
Fnatic drew first blood and took the second kill almost immediately after on the mid lane to claim dominance. Although the game moved along relatively even between the both teams in the early stages, Fnatic were able to start to make their climb ahead of the Koreans, subduing their Gyrocopter. Lee “kYxY” Kong Yang finished the game 9:1:11 on his Storm Spirit.
The second game of the series ended up being a complete stomp by the Koreans over Fnatic, ending in only 21 minutes, with a score of 28:11. Kim “QO” Seon-yeop had an outstanding game on Lina, 14:3:6.
Group B: Virtus.Pro 2:0 CDEC
CDEC’s Liu “Garder” Xinzhou drew first blood against Virtus.Pro’s Artsiom “fng” Barshack to start the first game of the series. The game was back and forth with CDEC appearing to be the ones who would soar to victory. However, Ilya “Illidan” Pivcaev on his signature hero Silencer and an incredible performance by Ilya “Lil” Ilyuk would lead the CIS team to victory.
Although the second game started out with CDEC looking strong, Virtus.Pro would dominate the game overall. With the drafting, skill and teamwork that Virtus.Pro has become known for, the team took the victory easily.
Group B: Evil Geniuses 2:0 ViCi Gaming
The first game of the series was a very intense 65-minute-long game, with amazing team-play showcased by Evil Geniuses. With Syed Sumail “SumaiL” Hassan on his signature hero Storm Spirit, EG were finally able to claim the victory.
Evil Geniuses ran a first offlane Enchantress in the second game, which ended up being very successful for them. The healing on Enchantress paired with the Treant pick healing made it difficult for ViCi Gaming to secure kills and the Chinese only managed to pick off three kills by the end of the game.
Group B: EHOME 1:1 Newbee
In the first game, Newbee picked up Invoker for Zhang “Mu” Pan and a Gyrocopter, but it wouldn’t be enough to stop Chen “Cty” Tianyu’s Ember Spirit (with a 9:1:12 score) and Yang “Zyf” Pu’s Razer (10:1:12 score).
The second game of the series was a stark contrast to the first one. EHOME took the lead in the early game only to lose it in what would turn into a complete domination by Newbee, after 15 minutes in. Once they seized the lead, Newbee would quickly end the game, in only 26 minutes.
Group B: Team Empire 2:0 Virtus.Pro
In Game 1 of a well anticipated CIS carnage, Virtus.Pro took the lead with steady and solid control. With fights every few minutes and really aggressive plays, the action was be non stop. Once again, LiL would prove his talent, playing an amazing Earthshaker. Empire would strike back at the last moments and steal the victory.
The second game was another blood bath, with numerous kills for both sides. However, Team Empire would establish control early on and be able to maintain it for the entire duration of the match. With Maxim “yoky” Kim’s Bloodseeker, no one was safe on the map, as he ended up 11:5:11. Airat “Silent” Gaziev’s Queen of Pain was also exceptional with a 15:3:11 score.
Group B: Evil Geniuses 2:0 MVP.Hot6ix
MVP.Phoenix picked the first Tinker at TI5. The game started off relatively even, but Evil Geniuses would shut down the Undying pick and MVP.Phoenix failed to subdue Clinton “Fear” Loomis’ Gyrocopter, allowing him and SumaiL – with 70 last hits in only 10 minutes into the game – to then lead the North American team to victory, after 53 minutes.
In Game 2, the first blood and the two immediate kills following took place on the top lane and went in favor of MVP.Hot6ix. However, the rest of their game wouldn’t go as smoothly, as once again both Fear and SumaiL completely dominated the game, leading EG to victory.
Group B: EHOME 1:1 ViCi Gaming
The first game of the series was 60 minutes long and rather back and forth. Despite the heals on EHOME’s Treant pick, their meta favorite Gyrocopter and an amazing game from Cty on Queen of Pain with a 17:6:10 score, ViCi Gaming would end up pulling out ahead and taking the victory.
Although the second game lasted almost as long as the first one, only nine minutes shy of an hour, it would be much more one-sided in favor of EHOME. Once again, Cty managed to stand out with an amazing game, along with ZyF on Gyrocopter. Valiantly trying to defend their base and prolong the game, ViCi Gaming were unable to stop EHOME from taking the victory.
Group B: Team Empire 0:2 CDEC
The first game was a complete domination by CDEC, who played aggressively and managed to take kills all over the map. Empire’s Bloodseeker pick did not work so well this game, going 0:6 by the end. CDEC took Game 1 with a score of 34:13, in 33 minutes.
In the second game, Silent secured a Rampage, after Ilya “ALOHADANCE” Korobkin’s Rubick had stolen Queen of Pain’s sonic wave and helped to deplete most of the health of CDEC’s heroes. The amazing play wouldn’t be enough for Team Empire to take the win though. CDEC took the victory after 44 minutes, with a score of 44:19.
TI5 group stage schedule, day 3
TI5 group stage format
- Ten invited teams: Team Secret, Evil Geniuses, Vici Gaming, Team Empire, Virtus.Pro, LGD Gaming, Fnatic, Invictus Gaming, Newbee, Cloud 9
- Four qualified teams: Natus Vincere (TI5 European Qualifiers), MVP.Hot6ix (TI5 SEA Qualifiers), compLexity Gaming (TI5 Americas Qualifiers), EHOME (TI5 Chinese Qualifiers)
- Two Wild Card teams: CDEC and MVP.Phoenix
- Teams are placed into two groups of eight.
- Each team faces all the other teams in their group in a best-of-two series, over the course of four days, July 27-30.
- The winner of a best-of-two series takes 3 points. If the series is tied, both teams receive 1 point.
- Potential tiebreakers are played on the fourth day of the TI5 Group Stage, on July 30.
- Bottom four teams in each group will be placed into Lower Bracket of the Main Event.
- Top four teams in each group will advance into the Upper Brackets of the Main Event.
- The TI5 Group Stage establishes the seeding for the main event. All 16 teams will advance to the TI5 Main Event.
- Games are broadcast simultaneously on three streams. TI5 English streams: Stream A, Stream B, and Stream C
- TI5 Chinese streams: Stream A, Stream B, and Stream C
- TI5 French stream: GamingLive
- TI5 YouTube live-streams are also available: English, Russian
- Dota 2 fans can also catch all the games broadcasted live in 1080p, at 60 frames per second, on the DotaTV streaming platform. The platform features real-time stats, graphs, match data and more intuitive analytics.
- The Newcomer Show – a once-a-day show that is tailor-made for people who are new to Dota 2, with live commentary designed for those who want to learn the basics of the game.
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