TI10 finally gets underway but only the games impress

The International 10

The International 10 is finally underway with day one of group stage matches.

Unfortunately, the 22 months-long waits for the tenth-anniversary edition of what every year has been the biggest esports tournament came to an end with a lackluster production value.

Poor green screen set up on the mainstream, scuffed desks provided for the casters on all four streams, and an hour and a half long delay right at the beginning of the day, made the opening day of TI10 a pretty underwhelming, if not infuriating experience for the viewers.

However, as with every TI, the teams did not let the fans down and the first batch of matches delivered exactly what everyone hoped for: high-quality Dota 2, a high variety of hero picks, entertaining plays, and a lot of action.  With the group stage played in a two-game, round-robin format, the teams to kick off the TI10 madness were those seeded in Group A and each of the first four series had their fair share of interesting facts.

The two-time TI champions, OG started their road to a three-peat with a clean 2-0 swipe over Alliance. They last picked Clinkz for Syed “SumaiL” Hassan in both matches and dominated the games starting with the laning stage, which is a bit of a change in OG’s general game plan. SumaiL closed the first game without a single death to his name and a 21/0/6 K/D/A. He died just twice in the second game, while the overall draft aimed at big team fight combos with a mid-lane Tiny, offlane Bloodseeker, and Snapfire plus Elder Titan in the support lines.

First batch of 4 series in Group A finished with clean 2-0 victories

Team Aster, who is forced to play with a stand-in midlaner as Liu “White Album” Yuhao isn’t feeling fit to compete due to coronavirus symptoms, gave a little bit of trouble to Evil Geniuses in both games, but they weren’t able to capitalize on their small advantages. In-game one they found several kills on the EG cores, but couldn’t force buybacks or an error from the NA team, while in the second game they had a very strong start with Ye “Borax” Zhibiao on Pudge, but his perfect hooks and early kills didn’t lead to a snowball.


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