With all three of the previous winners that made it to TI5 placed in the lower bracket there was a chance we could be guaranteed a new winner on day one. That didn’t quite happen as IG, the winners of TI managed to win their best of one series against MVP.Hot6ix however TI1 champions NaVi and TI4 champions weren’t quite as fortunate.
NaVi bowed out to ViCi Gaming in what was perhaps the most entertaining individual game, with some incredible team fights towards the end of the game. NewBee, last years winners, lost against the Wildcard team MVP.Phoenix while in the other lower bracket game Virtus.Pro beat Malaysian team Fnatic.
The two upper bracket games saw LGD narrowly defeated Empire 2-1 while CDEC took down Cloud9 2-0 despite an hour long pause thanks to a suspected ddos attack.