DOTA 2 The International 2022 Group Stage Day 1 results: Evil Geniuses reigns supreme while PSG.LGD struggles

The International 2022 is set to be the biggest ever (Image via Valve)
The International 2022 is set to be the biggest one ever (Image via Valve)

The first day of DOTA 2's The International (TI) 2022 Group Stage marked the beginning of the most awaited yearly event and fans were treated to exhilarating gameplay. Each of the twenty qualified teams, divided into two groups, was in action with Evil Geniuses stealing the spotlight.

The Group Stage for TI 2022 is being telecast across five different streams on PGL's official Twitch channels. A total of 25 matches were played with a mixed bag of results that had likely defied the general predictions.

So, what did Day 1 of the Group Stage look like for DOTA 2 fans?

DOTA 2 The International 2022 Group Stage Day 1 recap

Evil Geniuses' run on Day 1 is not something that the global DOTA 2 community was expecting to see as they are the only team to have won all three of their matches with 2-0 wins over both PSG.LGD and OG. The North American DOTA 2 outfit dominated each series and sits atop Group A at the end of Day 1.

Evil Geniuses' fans have had a gala time and will be hoping that their team's flying start continues on Day 2. Both Royal Never Give Up (RNG) and OG had strong showings, but fans were pleasantly surprised with Hokori's performance as the South American team drew all of their games.

The biggest surprise from Group A has been the performance of PSG.LGD. Although they were being touted as one of the top seeds to win TI this year, they struggled in their series on Day 1. Hokori and Soniqs both took a game off the Chinese team while Evil Geniues routed them off completely.

Team Aster, Team Secret, Team Spirit, and Thunder Awaken all have 1-1-0 scores after their Day 1 matches in Group B. Team Secret also clocked in the shortest match in this year's TI yet, defeating beastcoast before the 20-minute mark.

TSM and Tundra Esports managed 2 draws each. beastcoast, Entity, Fnatic, and Talon Esports make up the bottom half of Group B with a draw and a defeat to each of their names. The standings for each group are as follows:

Group A

1Evil Geniuses3-0-0
2Royal Never Give Up2-1-0
3Team Liquid1-2-0
5Gaimin Gladiators1-1-1
9BOOM Esports0-1-2
10BetBoom Team0-0-3

Group B

1Team Aster1-1-0
1Team Secret1-1-0
1Team Spirit1-1-0
1Thunder Awaken1-1-0
5Tundra Esports0-2-0
7Talon Esports0-1-1

In Group A, players will be eager to see whether Evil Geniuses are able to continue their winning form and whether PSG.LGD manage to turn their fortunes around on Day 2. For Group B, fans will be hoping that the Southeast Asian teams will have a better showing.

DOTA 2 fans can keep tabs on the live results for the TI 2022 Group Stage here. There are plenty of interesting fixtures to keep an eye out for and fans are eagerly waiting to see what interesting drafts and plays are in store for them.

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Edited by Angshuman Dutta
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