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Game 1

PSG.LGD drafted comfort picks for the first game of the series, Ursa, Io, Lycan, while Team Spirit pulled out a new weapon to complement Elder Titan and Tidehunter - Naga Siren. The game started off pretty slowly, with barely any blood spilt. With Naga left untouched, she easily out farmed Ursa and enter the midgame with a fast Aghs Scepter and Bloodthorn. This led to Team Spirit going around the map securing kills and objectives.

Naga Siren's upgraded Ensnare was the silver bullet against PSG.LGD's evasive heroes. With the clutch initiations by Collapse's Tidehunter and Mira's Lion, they easily closed out the first game in their favour. Team Spirit take the lead in the grand final series, 1-0.

Game 2

Team Spirit were allowed to pick Collapse's signature Magnus, while LGD drafted the classic Earthshaker-Morphling combo. This game was a bit slow as well, but Yatoro didn't have as much space to farm as before. LGD learnt from game 1 and constantly invaded the jungle to hunt him down. With Io and Leshrac, PSG also went around the map claiming towers quickly, while Team Spirit struggled to defend the early pushes.

Midgame is when things turned around - once Collapse farmed his blink dagger, Team Spirit shifted into the next gear, getting pick off after pick off. Things didn't get better for PSG.LGD when Magnus got his Shard and Horn Toss. Despite what Xiao8 said during the interview about anticipating Team Spirit's Magnus, it looked like they weren't ready at all. Team Spirit 2-0 PSG.LGD.

Game 3

For the third game, it feels like LGD didn't think Magnus was the problem and as expected, the CIS squad snapped it up as their first pick. However, PSG.LGD drafted two unpopular heroes in the Bloodseeker and Tinker.

For the first time this series, LGD started in control of the game. Their tankier lineup was much more survivable to Spirit's early initiations, and Spectre's haunt allowed Ame to participate in fights earlier than before. With the copious amount of crowd control and spells that provided vision and Spectre had its Aghs online, LGD's lineup morphed into a ferocious global ganking squad.

By the midgame, things looked bleak for Team Spirit due to their lack of lockdown for the Tinker, who had purchased an early Scythe. This made the team fights unwinnable for Spirit and they lost the bottom lane of barracks at 40 minutes. The second lane of barracks were destroyed 6 minutes later, followed by complete decimation in Spirit's base shortly after an Aegis pickup. Turns out, LGD didn't need to ban the Magnus. Team Spirit 2-1 PSG.LGD.

Game 4

Team Spirit drafted an unorthodox lineup this game, trying to take LGD's strategy of picking Spectre against Magnus. However, LGD drafted a fast pushing lineup around Luna instead to end the game before Spectre came online and what a whomping it was. LGD only conceded two deaths this game, while getting away with 23 kills on Team Spirit. Not much to say here other than PSG.LGD equalize the series with Team Spirit 2-2.

Game 5

One game to decide it all. Both teams on their tried and true comfort heroes, with Collapse Magnus, Miposhka Wyvern, while PSG.LGD went with their Tiny/Lycan combo. PSG.LGD secured an early gold lead with their faster early game farmers but Team Spirit didn't let up, matching their farm on their cores despite losing towers. Team Spirit continued playing patiently, getting items on their Ember Spirit, Terrorblade and Magnus.

Once LGD's cores came online, the Tiny/Lycan combo failed to secure any important kills while Team Spirit continued farming. Thanks to the massive initiations from Collapse on his signature Magnus, Team Spirit had no problems picking off cores and securing objectives around the map. Team Spirit never let up the pressure and eventually pummeled LGD into submission. When they knew LGD had no more buybacks, Spirit marched down the Dire base to end the game 3-2.

Congratulations to Yatoro, TORONTOTOKYO, Collapse, Mira, Miposhka and Silent - Team Spirit are the champions of The International 10. They walk away with a whopping USD 18,208,300 and the Aegis of the Immortal. What a fairy tale story for the CIS squad. From playing tier 2 tournaments to getting knocked down to the lower bracket in the first round of the playoffs of TI 10, they've displayed that they're the best Dota 2 team in the world today.

The International 2021

The Playoffs for The International 10 has begun, and we've already seen more than half the teams eliminated. PSG.LGD and Team Secret will face off in the upper bracket finals, while Team Spirit, OG, T1, VG, VP and IG will try to meet them. Who will claim the aegis this year? Only one way to find out. More info. Official DPC site.

Dates:

Where to Watch: eGG Network TV, Twitch, YouTube, SteamTV or in the Dota 2 Client.

Request Backup Episode 4

Our brand new Taglish podcast, Request Backup, continues next Monday, 18 October, 5 PM, live on eGG Network and replays on YouTube and eGG Network TV. For episode 4, we have Yuji and Midnight as special guests!

League of Legends: 2021 World Championship

The Groups for Worlds 2021 will conclude this weekend as we find out the teams that will be going into the playoffs. Don't miss the most important League of Legends tournament in the world! More info.

Date and Time:

Where to Watch: eGG Network TV, LoLesports.

MPL-MY S8 Playoffs

Geek Fam, Orange Esports, Todak, Team SMG, Team Bosskurr, Suhaz Esports, HomeBois and RSG MY will compete this weekend (15-17 October, 11 AM) to determine the winner of MPL-MY S8! Watch the action live on Facebook, YouTube, and replays on eGG Network TV.

PMPL SEA Championship S4

The best 20 PUBG Mobile teams in SEA will be duking it out to determine the top 16 teams who will be making it to the SEA Championship Finals. The first Super Weekend is here, taking place from 15-17 October, while the next set of Weekdays will take place from 19-20 October. More info.

Dates:

Where to Watch: Facebook, YouTube.

VCT Last Chance Qualifier

The Last Chance Qualifier for Valorant Champions 2021 will conclude this weekend. This will be the last opportunity for the remaining teams to make it to the biggest Valorant tournament of the year! More info.

Date and Time: 15-17 October, 3 PM

Where to Watch: Twitch PH, Twitch, YouTube

Gamescom Asia

Gamescom Asia 2021 kicks off tonight, with Studio Primetime, followed by two more days of exciting conferences!

Date and Time: 15 October, 8 PM, 16-17 October, 10 AM

Where to Watch: eGG Network, Gamescom Asia

MCP Majors Season 2 Grand Finals

The Grand Finals of the MCP Majors Season 2 will take place 16 October, 1 PM (GMT +8), live on Facebook and YouTubeMore info.

Blast Premier Fall Showdown

Date and Time: 15-18 October, 1 AM

Where to Watch: eGG Network TV, Twitch, YouTube.

More info.

E1 Championship Season 2

E1 Championship, the ultimate sim-racing league is back, this time on iRacing. Watch some new and returning faces as they race every Wednesday over the next couple of months at 9 PM live on eGG Network TV, and Facebook.

*All times and dates listed are in GMT +8.

After winning the two Dota 2 majors this year, the Chinese teams have been keeping up their performance at The International 10. Over the past week, the 18 teams at the event went through an exhausting 4-day marathon to determine the seeds for the playoff stages, and 3 out of 5 Chinese squads have made it to the upper bracket. This event looks like their best chance to win another The International, especially since they haven't won one since Wings lifted the Aegis back in 2016 (some of their members are in PSG.LGD right now). Here's how the teams performed:

Lower Bracket

Nothing too out of the ordinary here except Evil Geniuses flopping hard in the group stages. After reaching the grand finals of the last two majors, there were high expectations for NA's finest to perform at this event. They went 9-7 but all they needed was a single win to make it a 3-way tie with OG and T1 for an upper bracket slot. Unfortunately, on the final day of Groups, they couldn't wipe Undying and now have to continue the tournament from the Lower Bracket. Do they have what it takes to overcome Elephant in a best-of-one? We'll just have to wait and see.

Thanks to Thunder Predator doing terribly in Group A, it wasn't too hard for the other teams to make it here. In Group B, the elimination slot was only determined on the final day, and unfortunately, it was SG Esports who had a chance to enter the lower bracket but they lost both of their series. We were shocked by are the performances of Alliance and Quincy Crew - despite them doing well in the regional DPC, they've yet to display the skill that got them to TI in the first place.

Team Undying surprised everybody and were only a win away from securing the upper bracket (similar to EG). Fnatic, on the other hand, were wildly inconsistent - they pulled out 2-0 wins against Team Secret, yet lost 0-2 to SG Esports. Nobody knows which form will show up at the playoffs, but SEA fans are hoping for the former. Team Aster has been struggling at the event with a sick mid player, which is unfortunate (especially after grinding so hard to make it). beastcoast performed as expected, finishing middle of the pack, even managing a 2-0 over Secret. Being the last SA team at the event, they'll have all the support of the fans from the region - hopefully, it'll be enough for the players to pull off another top 8 finish at TI.

Elephant - with the team struggling to even make it to the event in the first place, it wasn't strange to see them finish in the lower bracket. However, they are still a team of superstars, so people do expect something from them. Perhaps it'll be another underdog tale for the squad. First, they'll have to take out Evil Geniuses.

Upper Bracket

In the upper bracket, we have the very dominant Invictus Gaming (who only lost two games) against Team Spirit (who went 0-4 on the first day and 1-1 on the second). Based on IG's performance so far, it's unlikely they'll be knocked out by Spirit, but these teams have yet to face off before, there's definitely potential for an upset.

Next up we have Team Secret vs OG - for the first time ever, these teams will be facing off at The International. Both teams have been impressive during the Group Stage, so it's definitely going to be one of the most hyped matches at the event. History has shown OG to be invincible during their Upper Bracket runs in the past two TIs, but this year their roster is different, and they barely made it to this one. On the other hand, Team Secret has remained extremely consistent and won almost every single third party tournament they competed in. The question to ask will be, "are both teams in 'TI form'?" If the answer is yes, it won't be difficult to predict the outcome.

PSG.LGD vs T1 - the heavy favourites vs SEA pride. The Chinese titans only dropped a single game in the group stage against Team Secret and stomped everybody else. They showed incredible form and resilience, winning some games where they were behind (rarely) but mostly just beat their opponents senseless. Based on their performance over the past few months, they're on another level when it comes to drafting, strategy and execution, and if they keep this up, it's an easy Aegis for them. T1 are one of the two SEA representatives this year. While they had a shaky start to the group stage, losing all their matches on day 1, like Team Spirit, they managed to recover and secured themselves an upper bracket slot in the end (thank you, Team Undying). In the past, T1 has lost every encounter with PSG.LGD which means it'll be unlikely to win this one but there's something magical about TI that allows underdog stories to happen. If they do, it's going to be one of the biggest upsets of all time, and if they don't, life goes on as normal. That being said, T1 does have the potential to claw out of the lower bracket.

Virtus Pro - for once they've managed to play well "offline". Perhaps isolation was what they needed. These highly-skilled youngbloods are thirsty for a place amongst the greats but have a very experienced and stable team in their way - the venerable Vici Gaming. However, if the teams are going to be playing on the main stage, it will be VG's game to lose. Let's see if VP can shake off LAN nerves.


The International 10 will resume tomorrow, live on eGG Network TV, Twitch, YouTube, and in-game, at 2.30 PM (GMT+8). Make sure you don't miss out! Stay tuned to eGG Network for more news and updates.

Valorant Agents Assemble

Can the community defeat our all-star team in Valorant? The second week of the Valorant Agents Assemble will go live this weekend, make sure you don't miss it!

Date and Time: October 9, 12 - 3 PM

Where to Watch: eGG Network, eGG Network TV

The International 2021

The Group Stage for The International 10 has begun, and what a start it's off to! No major upsets at the moment, but some teams are definitely underperforming. Regardless, there have been tons of entertaining matches to watch so far. The action continues throughout the weekend and the playoffs begin next Tuesday. More info. Official DPC site.

Dates:

Where to Watch: eGG Network TV, Twitch, YouTube, SteamTV or in the Dota 2 Client.

Request Backup Episode 3

Our brand new Taglish podcast, Request Backup, continues next Monday, 11 October, 5 PM, live on eGG Network and replays on YouTube and eGG Network TV. For episode 3, we have Uomi and Brigida as special guests!

League of Legends: 2021 World Championship

LNG Esports and DetonatioN FocusMe have qualified for the main event, while HLE, Cloud9, PEACE, RED Canids, Galatasaray Esports and Beyond Gaming will have to fight for their lives to stay in the running. Don't miss the most important League of Legends tournament in the world! More info.

Date and Time:

Where to Watch: eGG Network TV, LoLesports.

PMPL SEA Championship S4

The best 20 PUBG Mobile teams in SEA will be duking it out to determine the top 16 teams who will be making it to the SEA Championship Finals. Weekdays will be played out from 12-13 October, with the first Super Weekend on 15-17 October. More info.

Dates:

Where to Watch: Facebook, YouTube.

VCT Last Chance Qualifier

The Last Chance Qualifier for Valorant Champions 2021 will take place next week. This will be the last opportunity for the remaining teams to make it to the biggest Valorant tournament of the year.

Date and Time: 11-17 October, 3 PM

Where to Watch: Twitch PH, Twitch, YouTube

Gamescom Asia

One of the world's biggest video game events will be held next week, watch out for announcements from your favourite developers and publishers. Perhaps we'll get some Elden Ring updates? Fingers crossed.

Date and Time: 15 October, 8 PM, 16-17 October, 10 AM

Where to Watch: eGG Network, Gamescom Asia

Blast Premier Fall Showdown

Date and Time: 13-18 October, 1 AM

Where to Watch: eGG Network TV, Twitch, YouTube.

More info.

E1 Championship Season 2

E1 Championship, the ultimate sim-racing league is back, this time on iRacing. Watch some new and returning faces as they race every Wednesday over the next couple of months at 9 PM live on eGG Network TV, and Facebook.

*All times and dates listed are in GMT +8.

Valorant Agents Assemble

Can the community defeat our all-star team in Valorant? Watch the Valorant Agents Assemble tournament to find out!

Date and Time: October 2, 12 - 3 PM

Where to Watch: eGG Network, eGG Network TV

The International 2021

It's finally here - the long-awaited Dota 2 tournament featuring the best teams in the world will finally kick off next week! After a year of delay, we finally get to crown another team for the game. Will OG make it a three-peat this year? Or will PSG.LGD stop them in their tracks? Will this be the year SEA or SA step it up? With so many teams and different storylines, it's going to be a blast to watch it all unfold. We can't wait. More info.

Dates:

Where to Watch: eGG Network TV, Twitch, SteamTV or in the Dota 2 Client.

Wild Rift SEA Championship - Main Event

The Wild Rift SEA Championship concludes this weekend! The remaining 8 teams from the Group Stage will face off against each other in a double-elimination bracket for a cut of the USD 200,000 prize pool, bragging rights, and invitations to the Horizon Cup. Who will take it all? More info.

Date and Time

Where to Watch

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Bahasa Malaysia:

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League Malaysia S8 - Regular Season Week 8

It's the final week of the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League Malaysia Season 8 (MPL-MY S8) Regular Season! Group A is set in stone, with Orange on top and EBLZ facing elimination. For Group B, RED Esports has a chance to overtake Team Bosskurr, depending on the latter's performances. Make sure you don't miss out!

Date and Time: 1 October 3 PM, 2-3 October 1 PM

Where to Watch: eGG Network TV, eGG Network, MPL MY, and YouTube.

MLBB All-Star Funmatch

A fun event after the competitive MPL MY S8 this Saturday night, the MLBB All-Star Funmatch will feature your favourite creators going head-to-head against each other in some fun and regular game modes! Expect to have a good time watching the event.

Date and Time: 2 October, 8 PM

Where to Watch: MLBB Facebook

MCP Majors Season 2

Date and Time: 2-3 October 1 PM

Where to Watch: Facebook, YouTube, eGG Network TV

More info.

Request Backup

Our brand new Taglish podcast, Request Backup, continues next Monday, 4 October, 5 PM, live on eGG Network and replays on YouTube and eGG Network TV. This week we have Renmar and Rose Gaming as special guests!

League of Legends: 2021 World Championship

The TI for Dota 2, the ultimate League of Legends tournament will also kick off in the same week. Who will raise the trophy this year? Can DAMWON repeat last year's victory or will we see a new champion? Edward Gaming, FunPlus Phoenix, and Royal Never Give Up look like their toughest contenders. I guess there's only one way to find out. More info.

Date and Time:

Where to Watch: eGG Network TV, LoLesports.

Champions eFootball

8 teams from 7 countries, playing eFootball PES 2021 for their share of the USD 9,000 prize pool.

Date and Time: 9 September - 7 October 7 PM

Where to Watch: eGG Network TV, Facebook, YouTube

*All times and dates listed are in GMT +8.

For those of you with plans to attend this year's Dota 2 world championship, The International 2021, you can start planning accordingly. While a bit late for a some people, Valve unveiled the date of the sale and ticket prices for the upcoming tournament in an official blog post today.

The International Dota 2 Championships begin with Group Stage October 7 - 10, followed by the Main Event at National Arena October 12 - 17.

Tickets to attend the Main Event will be sold in three separate two-day bundles:

Midweek 1 (October 12 and 13): 249 Lei
Midweek 2: (October 14 and 15) 249 Lei
Finals: (October 16 and 17) 999 Lei

Tickets will go on sale September 22, 2021 at 12:00 EEST.

All tickets can be purchased here: theinternational2021.entertix.ro

Converted, that's RM 247/USD 59 for midweek, and RM 991/USD 237 for the finals. Not cheap, but assuming you're already spending money to travel to Bucharest, Romania, it's probably the least of your expenses (unless you live in the vicinity, of course!).

Take note that all attendees of the event must be fully vaccinated and masked (a given during these times). There will be protocols in place to keep everyone at the event as safe as possible. I wouldn't be surprised if there were no in-person activities this year, such as photo ops or autograph sessions. Regardless, it's great that we're slowly getting back to having live audiences for esports events. Not having the sound of the crowd picking up on caster microphones over the past year has left tournament casts feeling pretty empty.

In addition to the tickets, Valve announced that all players will have access to The International 2021 Compendium. At the moment you can start collecting Player Cards for your fantasy team (booster packs for attending teams are also being sold). At the moment we only have access to the Talent list and Player Cards - Fantasy, Main Event and Bracket Predictions will be enabled at a later date. Dota 2 also received several spectator mode improvements so the in-game watching experience will be better - we now get smoke, aegis indicators, BKB, Aegis, shared Tango timers, accurate Roshan timers, Power Rune indicators, and more.

The International 2021 takes place 7-17 October 2021 and will be broadcast live on eGG Network TV. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for more news and updates!

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