The International 9 - Day 2 Recap: Best Memes, Highlights, Fan Reactions

Vignesh Raghuram
16/Aug/2019 03:03 pm

Day 2 of the International 2019 finished on a high note for Evil Geniuses, who after a horrid start to the event, managed to dethrone Vici Gaming from the top of Group with a scintillating 2-0 victory.

However, that wasn’t the only enthralling series we saw today. Day 2 of TI9 is by far, one of the most engrossing days we’ve ever had in TI history. Here’s a brief recap including the best memes, highlights and plays from Day 2.

Group A

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Team Secret is the only undefeated team in TI9, after an emphatic victory over Keen Gaming (2-0) in their only series of the day.

Both SEA teams in the Group, Mineski and TNC Predator managed to cling on to their Upper Bracket slots with decent performances on the day. Mineski impressed many, with their 1-1 display against Team Liquid followed by a 2-0 victory over Chaos E.C.

Team Liquid on the other hand, after their poor Day 1, had a worse Day 2, dropping games to Mineski (1-1) and PSG.LGD (0-2) and moving dangerously close to the elimination spot. Alliance, Keen Gaming and Newbee make up the remainder of the Lower Bracket spots.

Chaos E.C., in particular, are in dire need of rejuvenation. They’ve only managed to win a solitary game in TI9 and will likely be eliminated unless they drastically improve their performances.

Group B

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It was a rollercoaster of a Day for Group B today, with results all over the place. Somehow OG managed to find themselves on top of the table, following two victories with a Carry Wisp of all heroes.

The biggest upset of the day has to go to Na’Vi. They managed 2-0 their fellow CIS counterparts, VP with Magical’s Razer putting in an unreal shift in the midlane. They matched VP’s aggression at every turn and shut down their attempts to make a comeback to cruise to a 2-0 victory which almost guarantees them a spot in the upper brackets.

Vici Gaming looked like the strongest team in the group following their performance on Day 1. However, all their good work looks like it has been nullified following a poor performance on Day 2. They kicked off the day by dropping a game against Infamous (1-1) and then would later lose to EG (0-2) capping off a disappointing day in the office.

EG rounds off the 4 teams who are looking like they’re heading to the upper brackets, with a good bit of recovery on Day 2.

Infamous, Fnatic, Virtus.Pro are all within striking distance of the Upper Bracket slot and a strong finish to the group stages on Day 3 and Day 4 would confirm their spot in the UBs.

NiP and RNG look like they’ll be battling each other for the final lower bracket slot.

Top Highlights of the day

1. RTZ 1 v 5

2. Kuku Clutch Aegis Steal

3. Paparazzi Rampage

4. Na’vi vs Infamous Base Race

5. Ana IO combo with Topson’s Windranger

Memes of the Day

Best Fan Comments/Reactions

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Vignesh has been covering the esports industry for nearly 5 years starting with the early days of the DPC. His industry expertise includes experience in Dota 2, CS:GO and Mobile Esports coverage.