With 18 teams from across the world currently gathered in Shanghai to compete for the biggest prize of all in Dota 2, all eyes are on this grand dame of esports events.
Two of the 18 teams, Chaos Esports and Ninjas in Pyjamas, did not make it past the Group Stage, while four more have been eliminated in the first day of the Main Stage event at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.
Yahoo Esports looks at the results of the remaining teams competing in TI9 right now.
TI9: Main Stage Day 1 Results
China-based PSG.LGD started the first series of the main stage event with strong support from the home crowd. They beat Virtus.pro in straight sets 2-0, despite a wobbly start, much to the delight of the mostly-local audience.
This was followed by another Chinese victory, this time from Vici Gaming. They came down from losing the first set to beat Philippines team TNC Predator 2-1. TNC were clearly not a favourite amongst the local crowd, with audible “boos” heard throughout the Mercedes-Benz Arena during their introduction at the opening ceremony.
Virtus.pro and TNC Predator will now move to the lower bracket.
It was yet another home team taking the victory in the first match of the lower bracket, with Royal Never Give Up sending the Europe-based Alliance out of the tournament in a really tight match.
Southeast Asia’s hopes of taking a TI title suffered another dent as Malaysia-based Fnatic crashed out against Team Liquid, despite the latter’s lacklustre performance during the group stages.
Tournament surprise Infamous prevented a full Chinese sweep on the first day of the Main Stage event. The South American team made sure their run would continue, beating Keen Gaming and reducing the number of Chinese teams in the tournament to three.
In the final match of the day, Mineski took the best of 1 against Natus Vincere, ensuring that Southeast Asia would still have two representatives moving into Day 2 of the Main Stage event.
Main Stage Day 2 preview
Day 2 will kick off with one of the tournament favourites, OG, facing off against Newbee. The loser of that best of 3 will drop to the lower brackets in a match against Infamous.
Another crowd pleaser is sure to come in the Evil Geniuses-Team Secret match-up. The losing team will drop to the lower bracket, where they have to face Mineski.
Virtus.pro and Royal Never Give Up will meet in the first of the lower bracket match-ups on Day 2, with the Russian team once again facing Chinese opposition, and presumably a large home crowd support.
TNC Predator and Team Liquid are the tournament’s other lower bracket match of the day.
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