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The International 2017 Main Event Day 1 Recap:Invictus Gaming vs Team Liquid

Game 1: Invictus Gaming vs Team Liquid

Group A first seed Team Liquid chose Group B’s 4th seed invictus Gaming, thinking it would be the easiest choice. They were quickly proven wrong. Game 1 was absolutely textbook from iG as they played a CC and damage heavy comp with Night Stalker, Lycan, Batrider, Ancient Apparition, Alchemist. It was a high risk, greedy pick phase but it payed off huge. Multiple ganks focused on the mid and bottom lanes helped propel iG to an early lead, and with the Alchemist, held a steady net worth lead all throughout the game.

Game 2, however, was far from textbook. The early game was relatively calmer and slower than Game 1, and started to lean in iG’s favor, who got the Alchemist and Sand King again. But by the late game things started going crazy. Matumbaman’s Ursa started getting picks with his Blink Dagger, and Liquid started grouping up to take objectives. In a siege at the bottom lane tier 3 tower Liquid come up huge with the help of gh’s KoTL and his sustain. This sets up a crazy sequence of more team fights and the two teams go back and forth.

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