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Lackluster performance
August 16, 2018
MidOne finished Team Secret's 2-0 loss to VGJ.Storm during The International 2018 group stages with an average KDA of 4/4/6.
ANALYSIS
MidOne played Shadow Fiend in Game 1 with less than ideal results. He drew his lane against Resolut1on's Dragon Knight and proceeded to do very little for his team, itemizing poorly, and always playing catch up. In Game 2 MidOne had a better laning experience but no better results after that as Kunkka. His itemization was once again odd, centered around making up for some drafting problems. MidOne seems to be in the middle of an identity crisis at the worst time.
Roughed up in loss
August 16, 2018
Fata finished Team Secret's 2-0 loss to VGJ.Storm during The International 2018 group stages with an average KDA of 5/8/14.
ANALYSIS
Fata could not get it together for his team against VGJ.Storm. In Game 1 as Abaddon he lost his lane and racked up 11 deaths on the way to a close loss. In Game 2, Fata lost his lane as Mirana and was forced to itemize for survival, and as a result did not have enough damage output to help Ace.
Strong initial effort tapers off
August 16, 2018
Ace finished Team Secret's 2-0 loss to VGJ.Storm during The International 2018 group stages with an average KDA of 9/5/7.
ANALYSIS
Ace got off to a hot start in Game 1 as Clinkz. After winning the middle lane Ace did his best to buoy his team until Fata or MidOne could provide assistance but that moment never came. Ace was unable to keep the team aloft any longer as VGJ.Storm ran them over. In Game 2, Ace's Weaver was not enough to overcome the lineup from VGJ.Storm, despite winning his lane and getting off to a good start.
Slow start against Secret
August 16, 2018
Yawar finished VGJ.Storm's 2-0 victory over Team Secret during The International 2018 group stages with an average KDA of 9/3/16.
ANALYSIS
Yawar got off to a slow start in Game 1 as Templar Assassin. Not finding the usual success on one of his better heroes, Yawar still contributed but not until late in the game than VGJ.Storm would have liked. In Game 2, Yawar played Dragon Knight. He died very little and was able to mow down towers quickly and while his efforts were substantial it was Resolut1on doing the heavy lifting.
Back-to-back Wraith King games
August 16, 2018
Sneyking finished VGJ.Storm's 2-0 victory over Team Secret during The International 2018 with an average KDA of 5/7/22.
ANALYSIS
Sneyking was an anchor for his team in both games. He did not finish with the best K/D ratio, but he was involved in almost all of his teams kills and made good item progression. A true utility player, Sneyking helped with initiation and crowd control in both games.
In full TI mode
August 16, 2018
Resolut1on finished VGJ.Storm's 2-0 victory over Team Secret during The International 2018 with an average KDA of 8/1/18.
ANALYSIS
Resolut1on played Dragon Knight in Game 1 in the offlane. Despite not winning his lane, Resolut1on only died once during the game and played objectively, pushing down Secret's towers and avoiding unnecessary fights, suffocating them slowly. In Game 2, Resolut1on popped off as Spectre, winning his lane and destroying Secret from start to finish.
Awkward loss to Liquid
August 15, 2018
Topson finished OG's 2-0 loss to Team Liquid during The International 2018 group stages with an average KDA of 7/8/14.
ANALYSIS
Topson played Tiny in Game 1 and managed to hold out for a while but was reliant on 7Mad's Pugna to do most of the damage as he was unable to hold down Liquid's heroes. In Game 2 Topson had to play Morphling in the middle lane, possible as Tiny would not have matched up well against the opposing Kunkka. Topson lost his lane and wasn't able to catch up in farm before Kuroky completely overran OG.
Flounders but shows some promise
August 15, 2018
Ana finished OG's 2-0 loss to Team Liquid during The International 2018 group stage with an average KDA of 8/12/14.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 ana lost his lane as Monkey King and didn't cobble together his first major item until 23 minutes into the game. Despite his early setbacks Ana was still able to put up a good fight thanks to the innate strength of his hero and excellent positioning. In Game 2, ana moved to Tiny, possibly out of necessity, forcing Topson's Morphling to the middle lane. ana wasn't nearly as successful in the second game, being easily kited by Liquid. Ana couldn't hold on for Topson's Morphling to get in the game as OG was overrun.
Doubles down on Pugna
August 15, 2018
7Mad finished OG's 2-0 loss to Team Liquid during The International 2018 group stages with an average KDA of 11/9/18.
ANALYSIS
7Mad played Pugna in both games with varying results. In Game 1 it was quite effective despite 7Mad losing the lane. He out damaged everyone else on OG, which is the most telling statistic about how things went for OG. In Game 2 things went better for other and worse for 7Mad, despite his performing better in lane. 7Mad output the most damage on his team once again, but was no match for the more durable core heroes on Team Liquid.
Leads the way for Liquid
August 15, 2018
Miracle finished Team Liquid's 2-0 victory over OG during The International 2018 with an average KDA of 14/7/15.
ANALYSIS
Miracle played both of Liquid's games with incredible efficiency. In Game 1 Miracle's Invoker lost his lane and still managed and 18-minute Aghanim's Secpter coupled with a 24-minute Blink Dagger. In Game 2, once again Miracle was able to hit the ground running as Kunkka despite again not winning his lane. Although Kuroky didn't seem to need much help winning the second game, Miracle was right there with him cleaning up lanes and taking down heroes.
Doubles up on Bloodseeker
August 15, 2018
Mind_Control finished Team Liquid's 2-0 victory over OG during The International 2018 group stages with an average KDA of 12/6/17.
ANALYSIS
Mind_Control played Bloodseeker in both games and the tale of the tapes tells two completely different stories. In Game 1 Mind_Control found his footing early on and the game lasted long enough for him to be a dual threat alongside MATUMBAMAN's Ursa. In Game 2, Mind_Control was held down with all six of his deaths coming in before the 20-minute mark. Just as he was finally gathering some of his first items, Kuroky was ending the game.
Swaps to carry in Game 2
August 15, 2018
Kuroky finished Team Liquid's 2-0 victory over OG during The International 2018 group stages with an average KDA of 7/9/23.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1, Kuroky's Chen play was exactly what Liquid needed to hold on and break out of OG's early hold on the game. He was able to help assert map control and push down towers, putting Liquid back into the drivers seat. In Game 2, Kuroky took the gloves off, switching over to hard carry as Clinkz. Although OG put up a good fight, Kuroky racked up 17 kill en route to a clean victory.
Runs over OpTic in Game 2
August 15, 2018
Ramzes finished Virtus.pro's 2-0 victory over OpTic during The International 2018 group stages with an average KDA of 11/4/21.
ANALYSIS
Ramzes managed to play intelligently in Game 1 as Spectre, despite getting off to a rocky start. He found his farm when he could in safe spaces and let his team hold off OpTic long enough for him to come online. In Game 2, Ramzes took over from the beginning as Broodmother. He completely dominated CCnC in the middle lane, and the game just snowballed out of control from there. Ramzes recorded 23 kills between the two matches.
Keeps team alive in Game 1
August 15, 2018
No[o]ne finished Virtus.pro's 2-0 victory over OpTic during The International 2018 group stages with an average KDA of 15/4/13
ANALYSIS
No[o]ne pulled his team up out of the abyss in Game 1 as Storm Spirit, keeping his head down and collecting his farm. No[o]ne was able to grab enough picks to swing the tide for Virtus.pro just as Ramzes came online. In Game 2 his Weaver was just as elusive as his Storm Spirit and just as deadly. His split-pushing ability combined with Ramzes' Broodmother made life very difficult for OpTic.
Rocks Game 1 as Earthshaker
August 15, 2018
RodjER finished Virtus.pro's 2-0 victory over OpTic during The International 2018 group stages with an average KDA of 6/3/20
ANALYSIS
RodjER played an incredible Game 1 as Earthshaker, roughing up Pajkatt's Juggernaut and keeping him from winning the lane. After that he just continued to make play after play to help Virtus.pro slowly inch their way back into the game. In Game 2, his Dark Willow was instrumental in holding 33 in check, preventing OpTic from taking another early lead. All in all, RodjER was the driving force behind Virtus.pro's victory.