Team Secret struggles in Group B on Day 1 of The International 2018

The favorites of Group B conceded games to an unexpected dark horse of the event, while VGJ.Storm surprised everyone by topping the group after the first day of matches at The International 8.

The group stage of The International 2018 started off with a bang, as teams gave us a glimpse of their planned strategies to make it to the top 4 of their respective groups. The TI8 meta is already taking shape, and certain heroes have suddenly jumped into the spotlight as potential most-contested picks of the tournament. Despite the fact that there hasn’t been any major patch update, the meta is notably different from that of the last major of the DPC, the China Supermajor and The International 2018 Qualifiers.

VGJ.Storm made quick work of their first opponents, Vici Gaming, taking the series with an easy 2:0 victory. Newbee were able to accomplish the same against TNC Predator, who looked shaky in this first series but would come back to redeem themselves in their next one. One of the most talked about teams after just the first day was Team Serenity, the ultimate dark horse of the tournament who managed to take a game off of both Team Secret and Virtus.pro. The latter are generally expected to come out on top of the groups, but both had moments of underwhelming plays.

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