Dota 2: TI9 Day Six Recap

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Dota 2: TI9 Day Six Recap

After an incredible day one of the main event yesterday, day two was also full of very interesting results, amazing comebacks, and dominant performances. Unfortunately, two more teams were eliminated, which means that there are only 10 more remainings.

Upper Bracket

OG vs Newbee

 

The day began with a game between the defending champions who are on-fire. Having said that, they had the unease task to face Newbee, one of the pleasant surprises so far. Even though Yawar “YawaR” Hassan and his team-mates played very well during the group stage, OG completely ripped through them with a fast 2-0.

In-game one, we got the chance to see the infamous IO carry yet again. It just seems likes OG has the most unique drafts and always catch their enemies off-guard. On the contrary, Newbee tried to pick some of their comfortable heroes but that gave no results. OG just overrun their enemies and secured the lead in the series in less than 30 minutes.

With their backs against the wall, Newbee was looking to change things in game two. However, Johan “N0tail” Sunstein and his team-mates took no chances here and picked a classic Magnus + melee cores lineup. The NA team emphasizes heavily on their Sven but he was not enough to carry his team to victory.

Following the loss, Newbee will have to fight for their survival tomorrow against Infamous.

Team Secret vs Evil Geniuses

 

This was undoubtedly the most anticipated series of the day. Many people refer to it as the modern days “El-Classico” in Dota 2.

Game one had a relatively slow vibe to it because both teams emphasized a lot on farming. Having said that, EG started to rotate more after the first ten minutes and managed to get a slight lead.

Team Secret did not give up and was constantly trying to get into the driving seat. However, after a series of bad fights going in favor of EG, Andreas Franck “Cr1t-” Nielsen and his team-mates were able to secure two lanes of barracks and ultimately, the lead in this series.

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Game two

After the loss, Team Secret had to make something happen in order to stay in the series. Both teams drafted a very massive team fight based lineups that included Tidehunter and Enigma.

We saw some amazing AoE spells throughout the game from both sides. However, Ludwig “Zai” Wåhlberg’s Enigma was the hero who had the most impact on Secret.  Even though there were not that many black holes in the game, he was a constant threat for the NA team.

Slowly but steadily, the European team bounced back after a series of unsuccessful team fights for their enemies. In the end, they delivered their knock-out punch and pushed the series into a deciding game three.

 

Game Three

Game three could be described as one of the most thrilling games at TI 9 so far. Clement “Puppey” Ivanov and his team-mates had a very solid start thanks to their good landing stage. They were able to get a comfortable 12k+ net worth lead and the game was looking in the bag.

However, as soon as Syed Sumail “SumaiL” Hassan got his Aghanim on Ember, things changed dramatically. EG was able to win a very important team fight, followed by a quick Roshan kill.

Team Secret looked absolutely shocked and despite the lead, they were unable to win any team fight past that moment. EG’s cores suddenly became very powerful, especially with the Empower buff from Magnus. After a series of buybacks which did not end well, Secret had no other choice but to call GG.

They will have to fight in the lower bracket tomorrow against Mineski.

Lower Bracket

Virtus.Pro vs Royal Never Give Up

 

The first series of the LB was between the CIS powerhouse and RNGU. Most people not expected Roman “RAMZES666” Kushnarev and his team to be here but they were unable to deal with PSG.LGD in the Upper Bracket. However, it seems like they still have TI curse after Du “Monet” Peng and his team ripped through them with a quick 2-0.

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Game one started kind of slow as neither team wanted to take risky fights. Even though VP had the lead in terms of kills, the Chinese were able to win a very important fight around Roshan. This game their Alchemist a huge lead and after five minutes, GG was called.

With just one game away from elimination, Virtus.Pro had to make something happen. Unfortunately, their efforts were not enough. Even though they had the lead, for the most part, Royal Never Give Up was able to bounce back after a couple of team-fights and turn the game around.

Having the momentum as well as the crowd on their side, Monnet and Co. shockingly eliminated VP from TI 9, sending the CIS hope home.

TNC vs Team Liquid

The last series of the day was between the best SEA team and TI 7 champions.

In-game one, TNC was able to grab the lead since the start of the game. However, there was a very messy Rosh fight around the 25th-minute mark which changed the balance of power in favor of Team Liquid. After securing the Aegis, there was nothing to stop them from claiming the victory.

Game two

Having the advantage on their side, TI 7 champions picked a classic four-protect-one draft around Amer “Miracle-” Al-Barkawi’s Anti-Mage. Of course, TNC saw what’s coming and decided to pressure Amer. In fact, they succeeded for the most part but he still managed to get some farm.

When he got a couple of items, the game changed a lot. Slowly but steadily, Liquid got a very comfortable advantage which was unreachable by Carlo “Kuku” Palad and his team-mates. Unfortunately, they had no way to deal with that uber-farmed AM.

Sadly, we have to wave goodbye to TNC. They proved that they are a formidable foe and it is just a matter of time before the success comes to them.


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Dota 2: TI9 Day Six Recap
Zlosterr
Zlosterr has been a fan of esports for many years and mainly focuses on Dota 2. He has more than five years of experience writing Dota 2 content for numerous platforms. Besides being a passionate fan of the game, he's also played for various amateur teams.