The TI8 Day 2 was as exhilarating as we would expect, with the favourite teams duking it out against each other. Even though all of the matches were clean sweeps, the matches themselves were closely contested.
The first series of TI8 day 2 was between VGJ.Storm and OG. VGJ.Storm started off with a disadvantage, as they had been given a draft penalty. VGJ.Storm looked strong going into the match, as they created havoc for OG with Resolut1on’s Weaver. But frequent teamfights gave all the space to Ana’s Phantom Lancer, which became quite huge after the mid game. VGJ.Storm’s double Mjolnir wasn’t enough to stop him, and they lost the first match. The second match saw Ana picking Troll Warlord. With limited number of disables, they were finding it hard to contain Ys’s Storm Spirit. But the Troll Warlord pick proved too much against Ursa and Phoenix, and OG won the second match as well.
The second series of TI8 Day 2 was the most anticipated one, between the two favourites EG and Team Secret. The first game of the series was closely contested. EG got an early game lead due to Arteezy’s Ursa. But Secret got through the mid game with some victories and pick offs against the team. What really helped EG was their superior Rosh lineup, which helped EG take the match. In the next match, EG went for a Drow lineup, with three cores: Drow, Gyrocopter and Weaver. The weak early game linuep was punished by Fata’s Mirana and MIdOne’s Tinker, as EG was finding it hard to sustain against the missile spam. After the EG cores managed to farm BKB’s the Drow aura was too much to handle, especially with the flak cannon. EG won the series 2-0.
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The third series was between OpTic and Team Serenity. The first match was a close game between both the teams. OpTic’s Storm and Spectre were finding it hard to compete play against Team Serenity. But their unexpected dive at the T2 tower and CCnC’s Storm Spirit play completely annihilate “Wings Junior” and they went on to win the first match. The second match started in Serenity’s favour. They had quite a peculiar draft, with offlane Storm Spirit and mid lane Blood Seeker, which did prove to be good. For the laning stage that is. But OpTic’s Nyx proved to be really good pick, with its Spiked Carapace disabling and damaging Storm Spirit which proved to be really crucial. With further pickoffs, OpTIc secured the second game and eliminated Team Serenity from TI8.
The final series of the day was between Virus.Pro and Mineski. The first match saw Mineski taking the lead during the laning phase. But it was soon broken down with No[O]ne’s Invoker making some amazing plays. It was all downhill for Mineksi thereafter and V.P won the match. The second match was a throwback from when VP picked Enigma against PSG.LGD’s Storm Spirit. But this time, it proved to be an amazing pick. No[O]ne’s Clinkz dominated the midlane, killing off Mineski’s Storm twice. MIneski proved to be no match for VP, and lost 2-0.