Watch Dota 2 - The International Main Event Day One Here

The International 2016 Main Event is happening! Watch it all week with us here at Shacknews

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Dota 2 - the International 2016 Main Event begins today and lasts until August 13. The doors to KeyArena in Seattle will open at 9:00 a.m. PDT today to welcome attending fans. The record prize pool has surpassed $20 million! Watch the Twitch stream with us here at Shacknews. 

You can also watch the entire tournament live through Steam Broadcasting, YouTube, Twitch, or WatchESPN. Get real-time stats, graphs, and Steam chat as part of the DotaTV Live Streaming experience. HTC Vive owners will have an opportunity to spectate The International in virtual reality using the recently released Dota VR Hub. Folks with a Vive head mounted display will have the option of viewing a big screen alongside their friends in a virtual space as well as an opportunity to be thrust into to action with the choice of various points of view. 

OPENING CEREMONY AND UPPER BRACKET QUARTERFINALS

The broadcast stream will go live with The International Opening Ceremony at 10:00 a.m. PDT, to be followed by top-seeded OG’s best-of-three Upper Bracket series against MVP Phoenix. Next up, DC will take on Wings in the other best-of-three UB Quarterfinals series of the day. The losing teams will drop into the Lower Bracket to play again on Tuesday, while the winners will earn a day of rest before playing their Upper Bracket Semifinals matchups on Wednesday.

LOWER BRACKET BEST-OF-ONE ELIMINATION ROUND

While all four of Monday’s Upper Bracket teams have some breathing room, the Lower Bracket teams face much harsher prospects in the games that follow. TNC vs VGR; Secret vs LGD; Fnatic vs Escape; Na’Vi vs Liquid. Half of these teams will play only a single match on the Main Stage of The International 2016. Facing off in best-of-one matchups, these teams are playing for their tournament lives. Stay tuned after the conclusion of the Upper Bracket matches to see which Lower Bracket teams can keep their hopes alive.

Dota 2 - The International Main Event 2016 Bracket

DAY ONE SCHEDULE (Each match will begin after the previous one concludes)

Day 1 Schedule

Learn more about the teams on the official website of Dota 2 - The International 2016.

This is going to be an epic week of games. The winners stand to walk away with over $8 million. 25% of all Battle Pass sales go directly to The International 2016 prize pool. You still have time to pile more cash on top of the record setting $20 million prize pool by buying a Battle Pass.

Who do you think is going to take first place? Let us know in the comments and be sure to watch the best Dota 2 players in the world battle it out here with us at Shacknews.

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    August 8, 2016 8:50 AM

    Asif Khan posted a new article, Watch Dota 2 - The International Main Event Day One Here

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      August 8, 2016 9:07 AM

      is this going to be the official thread?
      we should get one going
      52 MINUTES TO GO!
      GET HYPED!

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      August 8, 2016 9:15 AM

      All my rares are on TNC #teamDeMoN

      also, looking forward to the Secret - LGD and Navi - Liquid games

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      August 8, 2016 10:17 AM

      haha that fucking drummer with his stick

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      August 8, 2016 10:20 AM

      damn lindsey stirling

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      August 8, 2016 11:05 AM

      official dota thread?

      this AR stuff for the picks is super slick

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      August 8, 2016 11:37 AM

      MVP vs OG is nuts.

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        August 8, 2016 11:41 AM

        MVPs draft is crazy considering OGs Timbersaw but the constant fighting make it worth it

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          August 8, 2016 12:28 PM

          BH just works so well for MVP's facerush line ups.

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      August 8, 2016 1:38 PM

      Shadow Demon saves the day. That totally fucked over OG. lol

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        August 8, 2016 1:42 PM

        Axe is fucking destroying them. This looks like its over for OG right now unless they get a 5-man wipe soon.

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      August 8, 2016 1:51 PM

      aaay dios mio, those crits!

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      August 8, 2016 2:06 PM

      YouTube Live Stream for those interested
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qudosh9t6vA

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      August 8, 2016 2:11 PM

      DC vs Wings starting

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        August 8, 2016 2:18 PM

        Misery is awesome. Fuck Secret.

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        August 8, 2016 2:22 PM

        Sunsfan es mi pastor, go DC

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        August 8, 2016 3:22 PM

        Moo is one of the worst Axe's I've seen in this tournament. He's garbage with that hero.

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          August 8, 2016 3:34 PM

          People HAVE TO STOP with that dog shit pubstomp Alch build. It robs Alch of damage especially against a team like this. Stop with the Octarine Core bullshit. All Alch needed to rush after Radiance was MKB. But w33 decided to go Shivas...

          Poor Misery, his teammates are retarded.

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        August 8, 2016 4:13 PM

        That was one of the worst Techies and Pudge I've seen. That Pudge was so bad lol

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        August 8, 2016 4:42 PM

        wtf are these guys doing?!

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      August 8, 2016 3:40 PM

      Hahahahahaha omg I love Wings. Can't wait for this game.

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      August 8, 2016 3:41 PM

      Techies and Pudge in the same game TI just got CRAZY

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      August 8, 2016 3:52 PM

      If Wings recovers this, they will win TI6.

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      August 8, 2016 4:05 PM

      I haven't touched dota2 since last TI. when did the map get less dark?

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        August 8, 2016 4:07 PM

        It's the TI6-special terrain.

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        August 8, 2016 4:14 PM

        That's what I was just noticing too. I was having a hard time telling where the hell on the map they were at times because of how different it looked.

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          August 8, 2016 4:16 PM

          The new textures also helped make the ground and the trees more distinct too. It definitely makes the Dire side look a lot better.

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        August 8, 2016 5:22 PM

        Did he lose some weight? He's looking better.

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      August 8, 2016 5:21 PM

      I cannot stand the shitty chats when viewing these games. First thing I do is close the chat.

      Woman on screen? "SEX HER"
      Asian person talking? "CHING CHONG LING LONG"

      fuck people

      They need a way to filter this shit as it's really off-putting.

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      August 8, 2016 5:24 PM

      TNC vs VGR starting

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      August 8, 2016 5:29 PM

      The AR with the hero picks need special models to make it look more natural. Maybe the model animations are for only 30fps? They seem choppy.

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        August 8, 2016 5:50 PM

        The entire UI you see now is the oldest and most archaic part of Dota 2. It hasn't been updated in years. It's one of the things I really hate about it at the moment. The entire in-game UI needs a rehaul. Especially the picking phase screen.

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      August 8, 2016 5:30 PM

      I keep reading this as 'Watch Dogs 2'

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      August 8, 2016 6:30 PM

      Secret vs LGD starting

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        August 8, 2016 6:33 PM

        HYPE!

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        August 8, 2016 6:43 PM

        That RNG vs RTZ. China hype.

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        August 8, 2016 6:48 PM

        This is more dominating early on than I would have predicted.

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        August 8, 2016 7:18 PM

        This game is fucking weird.

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        August 8, 2016 7:26 PM

        Ember spirit against basically 3 illusion heroes. Feels good man.

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        August 8, 2016 7:29 PM

        This game has been over for the past 40 minutes lol. RTZ just has no farm.

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          August 8, 2016 7:35 PM

          BUT I WOULD LOVE TO BE PROVEN WRONG THOUGH. And not only because I predicted that Secret would win in the bracket. The defense Secret is displaying is unreal.

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            August 8, 2016 7:37 PM

            Nah. LGD just isn't willing to lose the game by wiping on pushes. None of LGD's cores die on the pushes and it is buyback city from Secret.

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            August 8, 2016 7:40 PM

            Secret's tenacity is insane.

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        August 8, 2016 7:30 PM

        I know Secret can't win this game, but these defensive plays are intense.

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          August 8, 2016 7:38 PM

          I can't believe that they are holding out this long. LGD is starting to tilt.

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          August 8, 2016 7:43 PM

          The plays. Good god.

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          August 8, 2016 7:43 PM

          This is a crazy game!

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        August 8, 2016 7:43 PM

        Holy shit

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        August 8, 2016 7:43 PM

        this game is insane

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        August 8, 2016 7:44 PM

        Its like watching the battle for Helm's Deep.

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        August 8, 2016 7:48 PM

        WHOA!

        dat sunder

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        August 8, 2016 7:50 PM

        "Rapier time boys and girls"

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        August 8, 2016 7:52 PM

        The secret is that they're trash

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        August 8, 2016 7:53 PM

        Damn, I was really hoping for Secret to edge out a win. Great game nonetheless.

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        August 8, 2016 7:53 PM

        Best match of the day came out of Loser's Bracket.

        GG Secret. Seriously awesome game.

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        August 8, 2016 7:56 PM

        That was great. I wish it were best of 3.

        Awesome energy, though!

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        August 8, 2016 7:58 PM

        Damn. I almost doubted LGD for a second.

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        August 8, 2016 8:14 PM

        Jimmy Fucking Ho just got further in TI6 than Puppey, Arteezy, and EE.

        Wow. No one would have believed that 3 months ago.

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        August 8, 2016 8:20 PM

        I'm so glad they lost after how they screwed over Misery and W33.

        RTZ is well on his way to becoming the Idra of DOTA - plenty of skill but a cancer when it comes to actually winning major events.

        am I being unfair to idra?

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          August 8, 2016 8:33 PM

          RTZ isn't actually the problem this time around. Right now EE is Puppey are easily the worst aspects of Secret. Specifically Puppey, he doesn't pay attention to the shifting metas. At least it seems like he doesn't give a shit anymore. And gets by drafting cheese strats.

          His hero pool has gotten smaller and less dynamic since he started Secret too.

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            August 8, 2016 8:57 PM

            Peehaps in this tournament but RTZ has a significant number of failures relative to the people he is playing with. EE won big without him, Puppey won big without him, so did EG and Secret. Just 4 months ago, Puppey and EE did just fine with Misery and W33.

            Maybe it's the meta. But maybe it's a farm first mid who gets caught out at TI6 by a Jugg spin after the first creep wave.

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              August 8, 2016 8:58 PM

              RTZ plays whats given to him and throughout the tourney he performed well. Way better than anyone else on the team. EE and Puppey are anchors for this team right now.

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                August 8, 2016 9:13 PM

                Puppey and EE won a Major in March - you can't say these guys are old and washed up. The problem is that Puppey decided he wanted a 9k MMR pub star and ditched 2 super dynamic players for a guy who always looks good and never wins.

                Of course RTZ performed well, he has great mechanics and gets the heroes he wants, but that's not the same as winning. The good thing about DOTA is that you have plenty of big events (DAC, Starladder, Majors, TI) to measure a players impact on team performance - bad news is that RTZ's teams perform worse year after year.

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                  August 8, 2016 9:15 PM

                  Again, cheese strats. And that win was thanks to w33 and Misery.

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                    August 8, 2016 9:17 PM

                    If it was only this tourney then I'd agree. But it's not. It's every team he has been on since he ditched sadboys to be a celebrity.

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                      August 8, 2016 9:21 PM

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        August 8, 2016 8:51 PM

        Just got back from KeyArena, this match was awesome. The crowd was going nuts towards the end.

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      August 8, 2016 7:45 PM

      An unstoppable force vs. an immovable object.

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      August 8, 2016 7:52 PM

      No

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      August 8, 2016 7:57 PM

      Purge was born to operate the giant screen thingie.

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      August 8, 2016 8:08 PM

      Fnatic vs Escape starting

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        August 8, 2016 8:12 PM

        This is my first game to watch from the beginning. I really like the production value they have here on the draft phase. It's nice of them to show character abilities, and watching rendered versions of the characters dancing on the stage is nice.

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          August 8, 2016 8:13 PM

          Yeah I love that part. It's something they should have been doing for a while now. The characters on the stage are pretty dope too. lol

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        August 8, 2016 8:16 PM

        lol @ that Nightstalker animation. Love it.

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        August 8, 2016 8:16 PM

        2 - 20 Shaman incoming.

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        August 8, 2016 8:18 PM

        I am excited for Shadow Shaman + Phantom Lancer. I don't know why I like those characters, but I am now rooting for FNATIC.

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        August 8, 2016 8:44 PM

        This game seems like a foregone conclusion so far

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        August 8, 2016 8:46 PM

        That's why I like Shadow Shaman.

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        August 8, 2016 8:46 PM

        RIP 4 pros and Synderen.

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        August 8, 2016 8:47 PM

        that was a disappointing match, maybe next year syndereN and company

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        August 8, 2016 8:48 PM

        lol

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      August 8, 2016 8:19 PM

      Does anyone actually care about the post match or draft analysis portions? I get that they need to fill time but it is pretty rough.

      The player profiles aren't a good solution in my opinion either.

      I kinda just wish the went all in on stats like the little side bar stuff that shows up intermittently.

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        August 8, 2016 8:28 PM

        I actually like that better than the matches sometimes. Depends on the panel. But a lot of time they say stuff about the game I didn't know. The little skits and gimmicks are dumb, but actual discussion is useful.

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        August 8, 2016 8:29 PM

        Yes, I enjoy it.

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        August 8, 2016 8:31 PM

        Really depends on who is on the panel, but for the most part I like them.

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        August 8, 2016 8:45 PM

        Yep.

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        August 8, 2016 8:49 PM

        The only thing I like are the player interviews. It's good to hear from the players directly.

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          August 8, 2016 8:54 PM

          Like this dendi interlude is pretty awesome. I like this kind of thing

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            August 8, 2016 8:55 PM

            haha, fresh meat lol

            Dendi is the coolest dota guy

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        August 9, 2016 12:56 AM

        Drafting is like 70% of the strategy in dota.

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      August 8, 2016 9:03 PM

      Why are all these bigger name teams from last year in 1 & Done play in level? Lotta new blood kicking their butts, lotta players left those teams for other teams, more cutthroat round robin play ins?

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        August 8, 2016 9:04 PM

        They had shit group stages.

        They were in the bottom 4 of their groups, so they start in the loser's bracket in best of ones, it's as simple as that!

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          August 8, 2016 9:08 PM

          I understand they lost. I'm asking why. These were perennial power houses though, right?

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            August 8, 2016 9:16 PM

            oh it's like the traditionnal sportscast explaining why teams lose. it's adapting to the meta, cohesion in the team, nerves, momentum and circumstances from the rest of the group...

            pick 2!

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        August 8, 2016 9:05 PM

        This is the lower bracket, whoever wins in here secures a second chance to climb back. Lots of reasons, constant meta changes, newer blood in the scene, some players adapting to the new patches and some aren't. This game is constantly changed between every 3-6 months.

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        August 8, 2016 9:07 PM

        There are lots of reasons, but for the most part the teams are completely different. None of the teams have the same players from last years TI. Rosters in dota are incredibly unstable.

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          August 8, 2016 9:09 PM

          I remember everyone freaking out about post-TI movement from last year. Any big name guys ditching looking to join the Miami Heat Golden State Warriors this year?

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            August 8, 2016 9:10 PM

            The majors have changed things a little, but EG and Secret felt the need to shift their rosters still so they had to get through regional qualifiers as well.

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              August 8, 2016 9:14 PM

              Yeah the major system seems to have actually made teams less stable when it was setup partially to counteract that. Teams put a lot more stock in the majors outcomes compared to other tournaments and roster changes were common after all the majors. Oddly enough the 4 teams considered the best coming into TI (Wings, Liquid, OG, and Newbee) were the teams that have kept their rosters static the longest.

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                August 8, 2016 9:16 PM

                It's why Valve announced cutting 1 Major out of the rotation. So it's going to be 2 seasonal Majors and TI.

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                  August 8, 2016 9:17 PM

                  Yeah I wonder if the disaster that was Shanghai major is the one getting the cut.

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                  August 8, 2016 9:17 PM

                  That plus China was a shambles and it gives them an excuse to skip that shitshow.

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      August 8, 2016 9:13 PM

      Liquid vs Navi starting

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      August 8, 2016 10:34 PM

      Briefcase, you need to make these threads for each day TI is running.

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      August 8, 2016 11:48 PM

      The International ArchivesLiquid vs. LGD
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhoYB3EgWr4

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      August 9, 2016 12:44 AM

      If you were to watch a replay of 1 game today for TI6 what would it be?

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        August 9, 2016 12:47 AM

        Secret vs LGD

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        August 9, 2016 12:49 AM

        I haven't seen them all yet but secret Lgd was good.

        I like that the lower bracket games are best of one.

        Sure they can be defensive and slow, but at least it's 1 tense game rather than 3 slow games.

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