With the group stages over and the brackets made, day 1 will have the four teams from the lower bracket (LB) be the first 4 teams to be eliminated from TI6 in a best-of-one. Tensions are high in the lower bracket as 8 teams strategize and bide their time till after the upper bracket (UB) OG vs MVP Phoenix and Digital Chaos (DC) vs Wings Gaming games finish.
The opening ceremony started with all the teams being announced as they came out and lined up in front of our overlord Gabe Newell(picture above) in flip-flops as he gave his opening speech, which was nice and short. We then transitioned into an amazing performance by the lovely Lindsey Stirling in full Windranger ensemble, armed with her bow and violin. As the performance came to a close to a cheering crowd, we got a snippet of the AR-esque production value that will prove that TI6 and eSports has come a long way in five years. Who cares about the Rio Olympics really, when you have TI6 - the Dota 2 Olympics and its USD20 million prize pool.
OG vs MVP Phoenix
The First match of the dayproved to be a thrilling one as two of the most team fight oriented teams fought it out to stay in the UB.
MVP Phoenix drafted a full five melee lineup with a Faceless Void.
MVP Phoenix despite the full five melee lineup was able to use the Chronosphere to zone, isolate heroes and kite Miracle-’s Timbersaw
The game was devastating as RNGesus sided with MVP Phoenix as bashes and crits hit left, right and center.
At 37 minutes the avoid Miracle- and decimate the support line was in full effect.
As MVP Phoenix pushes OG to GG, was that last pick Timbersaw for OG really the best pick?
MVP Phoenix shifted gears to a more farm oriented strategy with Alchemist.
Disaster as middle lane MP’s Venomancer was at the bottom of the net worth
OG slowly was able to crush MVP Phoenix as the map control quickly taken away from them by n0tail’s Terrorblade, one tower at a time.
Miracle- once again carries OG to victory as his Outworld Destroyer ended the game 17 Kills/2 Deaths/16 Assists.
OG once again gives QO his uncontested Phantom Assassin and picked Tinker
FoREv’s Axe abandons the offlane against the KotL and Sven to jungle and by 8 minutes in had level nine and three kills to his name. FoREv finished the game with 17 kills, no deaths and 9 assists.
MVP Phoenix snowballed and took control of the game before the Tinker and Sven could pose an issue
With more than a kill per minute, the game was full of action as the final kill score was 4-36 as OG is dropped to the lower bracket.
QO also had a ten kills, no deaths and 13 assisted as OG taps out
Wings Gaming vs Digital Chaos
Digital Chaos with the powers of Sunsfan behind them had difficulty against Wings Gaming as they kept introducing new heroes into the tournament. RIP TI6 predictions.
All Games Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCr1eb0mVp0
DC couldn’t stop the Wings Gaming’s Drow as shadow punished DC and farms a massive lead
Offlane player Faith_bian Brewmaster’s control in teamfights allowed Drow to savagely destroy DC’s heroes and soon their towers. Soon GG is called by DC.
Crowds and fans of Dota screamed and cheered as Pudge and Techies was picked by Wings
The silly clowny draft didn’t prove to work and DC took match 2
Centaur is picked up by Wings, removing another hero from the unpicked list.
Iceice’s Chen performance heavily pressured DC cores
25 minute GG as Resolut1on and w33 couldn’t mount a defense against Wings.
Vici Gaming Reborn (VG.R) vs TnC Gaming
VG.R had a great start with Axe in the jungle and TnC.Sam_H’s Batrider feeding
TnC.Kuku’s Tinker had no issue against Storm Spirit (considered a counter pick) due to TnC.DemoN’s Silencer
TnC.Raven’s Terrorblade was able to farm and slowly squeeze the hope out of VG.R as their base is burned to the ground
LGD vs Team Secret
LGD had issues dealing with illusions and Team Secret successfully defend their base time and time again with Alchemist and Terrorblade
60+ minute game as each team waited for that one mistake
A Rapier later for Ember Spirit and some chaotic team fights and Team Secret is eliminated from TI6
Escape Gaming vs Fnatic
MidOne’s Templar Assassin was unstoppable due to surviving and doing well during the laning phase
With a four melee lineup from Escape, dodging the Tidehunter’s Ravage was difficult
With a Desolator Templar Assassin, Shadow Shaman’s Serpent Wards and a farmed Phantom Lancer Escape Gaming couldn’t escape their fate as their barracks fall
Na`Vi vs Team Liquid
Liquid’s Axe like most Axes became really farmed and caused havoc on the battlefield
Naga also from Liquid disrupts the Faceless Void Chronosphere of Na`Vi
Na`Vi last fight couldn’t get any pickoffs as Shadow Demon’s Disruption saved Death Prophet and Naga Siren’s sleep reset the fight in Liquids favor as Na`vi calls GG