Day 2 of The International 2019: Grands fall, underdogs rise!

August 16, 2019

The second day of the group stage of The International 2019 has come to an end. This was a day full of beautiful DotA, great plays and close matches. Let’s analyze today and look at the forecasting results of our MoreMMR AI.
 
Top matches of the second group stage of The International 2019

On the second day of the group stage of The International 2019 there were as many as three top matches. I would like to point out the first series with the participation of the CIS team. Virtus Pro met with a team from China - Vici Gaming.

In the first game, the Bears did not have a good start. Both teams played quite accurately, but the bears made much more mistakes, which led to an obvious loss. It is also worth noting that the main carry of “Bears” - Ramzes died very often - as both cores of opponents combined together.

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First game results

And on the second map, a crazy push from the Chinese team allowed them to occupy the enemy side of tyhe map and close VP at their base. As a result, the CIS team was forced to surrender - 0: 2. Our neural network, like many experts, believed that the teams would not reveal a winner in this bo2 series, but the machine was mistaken.

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Second game results

The second parallel series between 2 top teams was in group A, where EG met OG. The North American team had a very poor first day and really needed victories.

Unfortunately for them and their fans, they were not able to do this in the first match of the second gaming day. First, excellent actions from N0tail and Ana, and later great macro plays from the entire team did not allow Fly and his team to win on the first map.

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First game results

The second card was more or less equal. Carry of both teams did a great job with the farm and packed with the necessary artifacts very quick, so the game was promising to have great fights and intrigue at the end. Unfortunately, everything in such games is usually solved by the human factor and minor errors are super important. EG made a few macro mistakes, for which they were punished by OG - 0: 2. For this match, our neural network also could not determine the winner and believed that the teams would disperse in peace, but N0tail and the band thought different.

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Second game results

The last top game of today took place between EG and Vici Gaming. For the “Evil Geniuses” it was extremely important not to lose this series, because then it would be very difficult for them to get to the main stage.

On the first map, a very long farming and slow game from both teams lasted more than one hour. As a result, all attempts of the Chinese team failed, which subsequently led to defeat. In the second game, the North American team demonstrated a smart start, which allowed them to dominate at all stages of the game.

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First Map Results

Of course, I want to note the moment when Arteezy was left with low hp alone against the entire enemy team and managed to kill everyone on Lifestealer. All these moments in total allowed EG to defeat one of the favorites of this group with a score of 2: 0. Our artificial intelligence when placing a bet on this match was also unable to identify the winner, but EG could.

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Second Map Results

Na’Vi and Virtus Pro at the second day of the group stage of The International 2019

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The most hyped game in the CIS

For CIS this day is remembered primarily by the series of teams from our region. NaVi showed a very good game. Even in difficult situations the team found the most useful solutions and showed great teamplay. In the games against Virtus Pro, Na"Vi managed to open up and show how well they prepared to The International. In turn, the Bears did not count on such great preformance from Natus Vincere, which led to a defeat. Both games are executed in the best traditions of of the CIS “El Clasico” Our neural network was not able to give preference to one of the teams, which turned out to be a mistake.

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VP and NaVi players shake hands after the match

In general, the day was successful for NaVi and a failure for Virtus Pro. Na’Vi did not manage to defeat Infamous on the first map of the game day, but then they did not give a single card to the opponents from Virtus Pro and NiP. The team finished the game day with 2 wins and one draw, and on position 3 in the group. The Bears have an opposite situation. The guys did not manage to find their game against Vici Gaming, after which they lost to NaVi. Thus, the team for the second gaming day did not win a single card and took 6th place out of 9 in the group.

The shocking performance of Infamous on the second day of The International 2019
A team from the South American region came to TI9 as an outsider. As a rule, all teams from South America are commonly considered weaker than teams from other regions. But this year, unexpectedly for many teams, players and casters, Infamous went through closed qualifications and achieved the slot at TI9.

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Infamous passed closed qualifications

Today, the team had an excellent series of matches. In the first one against NaVi the game was close, but after a well-conducted first game, the team failed to squeeze the opponent into the second - 1: 1.

Next came the series against Vici Gaming. In this confrontation, everyone obviously said that the Chinese team is too strong for guys from the American region. But Infamous didn’t think so and managed to win one card from opponents.

The last stress-test on the second day of the group stage of The International 2019 was the Fnatic team. By this point, Infamous had already warmed up on more powerful rivals and managed to find their game. Unfortunately for Fnatic and their fans, the team failed to cope with the young South American team - 0: 2.

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Fnatic roster who lost to Infamous

Another day is behind, but this is only the beginning of The International, and we are sure that all of the most interesting and intriguing matches are still ahead. Follow our MoreMMR blog and don’t forget to share this article with your friends.

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