TI8 Main Event Day 2 will feature four must-watch best of three matchups, headlined by the heavyweight tilt between Evil Geniuses and Team Secret.
Although Team Liquid started the opening rounds of the TI8 main event by sweeping OpTic Gaming, and ViCi Gaming ended it with a win against VGJ.Thunder, the rest of the matchups ended with the least likely team emerging as the victors.
No offense to the winners, especially to PSG.LGD. It’s just that, as far as in the eyes of many, Virtus.Pro already had their number. But, instead, what happened was PSG.LGD ended up taking the series. Quite handily, in fact. Especially in Game 2, where Virtus.Pro looked sloppy and weren’t able to dominate the lanes, resulting in a rather lopsided loss.
Virtus.Pro now will have all of today left to ponder what went wrong for them as they try to continue their journey from the lower brackets tomorrow in the TI8 main event Day 2 in a best of three tilt against Mineski, with the losers being eliminated from the tournament.
Speaking of the best of three, you can rest easy now that we’re already done with the heartstomping best of one elimination matches. And though the stakes are only going to get higher from here on out, the remaining teams, at least, have more chances to prolong their journey.
All odds courtesy of GGbet.
TI8 Main Event Day 2: Upper Brackets
VGJ.Storm vs OG
Match Schedule: August 22, 0100H (UTC +8)
A lot would say that the draft penalty for VGJ.Storm isn’t much. They’re a skilled team, after all, with Avery ‘SVG‘ Silverman being one of the brightest minds in all of Dota 2. But, not having a coach in the draft booth is a huge setback, and speaking of bright minds, VGJ.Storm aren’t the only ones with such people in their lineup — Sébastien ‘7ckingMad‘ Debs was a crucial part in OG’s historic success in the Valve Majors, while team captain, Johan ‘N0tail‘ Sundstein, is no slouch himself.
With drafting deciding pretty much half of the game and OG likely knowing how to play against Roman ‘Resolut1on‘ Fominok after having spent most of the 2017-18 Dota Pro Circuit with him on their roster, VGJ.Storm are at a slight disadvantage.
So long as Topias ‘Topson‘ Taavitsainen and Anathan ‘ana‘ Pham bring their A game, OG will have a good shot at securing at least a Top 6 finish after the TI8 main event Day 2.
Betting: OG to win at 2.58 odds (GGbet)
Evil Geniuses vs Team Secret
Match Schedule: August 22, 0400H (UTC+8)
Admittedly, Team Secret have not been in the best form at TI8, while Evil Geniuses have absolutely decimated their competition — only OpTic Gaming and Team Liquid have to win games against the boys in blue so far. However, to say that Team Secret have no chance against them is absolutely underselling the potential of their roster.
Lest we forget, this is still the same team that swept Team Liquid to win at Major at ASUS ROG DreamLeague Season 8. Sure, that was a long time ago, but that doesn’t discount the fact that Team Secret dominated the reigning champions.
An unnatural inclination to experiment with their drafts has always been the reason why Team Secret are a bit of a hit or miss kind of team, but so long as Clement ‘Puppey‘ Ivanov actually does something innovative instead of drafting his team to a corner, odds are good that they’ll advance tomorrow in the TI8 main event Day 2.
Betting: Team Secret to win at 3.11 odds (GGbet)
TI8 Main Event Day 2: Lower Brackets
OpTic Gaming vs Team Serenity
Match Schedule: August 22, 0700H (UTC+8)
Two years ago, Peter ‘ppd‘ Dager uploaded an image of a quote of him supposedly saying “leave China to me”. Two years later, Jacob ‘Maelk‘ Toft-Andersen, brought back the meme just a day before OpTic Gaming, as the meme says, took care of China, going 5-0 in the final day of the group stages, including a 2-0 sweep of ViCi Gaming and a win against the now-eliminated Newbee.
Memes aside, Chinese teams, in general, have struggled against the teams from North America this TI8. They’re 3-16 against NA teams so far. OpTic Gaming, in particular, holds a 6-1 record against Chinese teams on their own.
While Team Serenity did manage to draw their series against OpTic Gaming earlier in the tournament, there’s enough reason to believe that ppd will, once again, take care of China.
Betting: OpTic Gaming to win at 1.73 odds. (GGbet)
Virtus.Pro vs Mineski
Match Schedule: August 22, 1000H (UTC+8)
Hands up if you thought that you’d see Virtus.Pro in the lower brackets and facing elimination this early on in the tournament.
Nobody really thought that this was possible. But, then again, Virtus.Pro can only blame themselves for what happened. Many expected them to have been smiply pulling their punches during the group stages, but their lackluster and sloppy showing in their series against PSG.LGD — a series that could’ve gone either way even with both teams in their top form — suggests that there’s something clearly wrong with Virtus.Pro right now.
Will that give Mineski enough of a chance against them? Probably not. Mineski have never won a series against Virtus.Pro before. Not even a single game. In fact, many credit Mineski’s win at the 2018 Dota 2 Asia Championships to PSG.LGD having eliminated the top teams at the time — Team Liquid and Virtus.Pro — for them.
Of course, if Mineski win, it’ll be huge for them and their region as they are the only team from Southeast Asia left in the tournament. However, don’t get your hopes too high up. Virtus.Pro are still the better team of the two.
Betting: Correct Score 2:0 (In MAPS) in favor of Virtus.Pro at 1.87 odds. (GGbet)
How do you think the matchups for the TI8 main event Day 2 will turn out? Do you think we’ll see fewer upsets this time around? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.