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Team Secret, Vici Gaming undefeated on Day 1 of The International

The first day of Dota's esports spectacle The International 2019 saw Team Secret and Vici Gaming top their respective groups in Shanghai.
Team Secret, Vici Gaming undefeated on Day 1 of The International



At the top of Group A, Team Secret currently sit 3-0-0 as they beat Alliance, Team Liquid and Newbee in 2-0 matches. The latter two teams played each other in Series A1 and Newbee pulled off a huge 2-0 upset against TL.

PSG.LGD are also in a good position, having won two of their games and getting a draw against TNC. Alliance and Chaos Esports Club are the two twos in the group who are yet to win a game.

For Group B, Vici were the only team to win both of their games.
Evil Geniuses and Natus Vincere's second map was a brawl that lasted 82 minutes and 14 seconds as EG earned the 1-1 draw. In the following game, OG dismantled Infamous in just 52 minutes, with one map lasting just under 20.

Infamous and Ninjas in Pyjamas only played one game today, with Group B playing three Series' tomorrow, were both defeated. Both will face Na'Vi on Day 2 and will seek to be in stronger positions before they face each other on Day 4.

The prize pool at the time of writing from the official Dota TI page.

The prize pool has now passed $33 million, smashing last year's total by $8 million so far, which means the teams that finish last will receive roughly $82,639. For the team that manages to win The International this year, at least $15,040,282 awaits. This will be the largest sum of money ever given out as an esports prize to one team and is by far the largest prize pool in esports to date.

For an up-to-date figure of the prize pool and other statistics about The International 2019, visit the official Dota TI website which also explains the schedule, format, prize money split, Battle Pass, Immortal Treasures and game-related TI features.