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Dota 2 The International 4 Survival Guide Part 1/3
Heard about the biggest competition in the history of gaming but don’t know which team to root for? Don’t worry, SegmentNext has got you covered!
This is part one of the Survival Guide series, and it will cover general information as well as the five teams in the cover: DK, Alliance, Na’Vi, iG and EG.
The International 4 has the biggest prizepool ever for a gaming tournament, with over $10 Million Dollars and still rising!
With so much money on the line, this year promises even greater epicness than past years, with the power ranks in Dota 2 being closer and closer than ever before.
To make things even fiercer than ever, Valve has changed the format to allow only the top half teams to play inside the Main Event in the Key Arena in Seattle.
Before the main event, there will be playoffs in which all teams will play inside the Valve Headquarters.
Without further ado, here are the teams! Click on the Teams or Players names for their respective Twitter pages.
- Alliance! From left to right:
- Gustav “s4” Magnusson (Solo Mid),
- Jerry “EGM” Lundkvist (Support),
- Jonathan “Loda” Berg (Carry),
- Joakim “Akke” Akterhall (Support)
- Henrik “AdmiralBulldog” Ahnberg (Offlaner)
We start off on a high note with the The International 3 Champions, the fully Swedish squad comprised of long time Dota legends and the most famous Lone Druid pub-star in the world which is Bulldog.
They began over a year and a half ago with a team named “No Tidehunter” that had the Canadian Jacky “EternalEnVy” Mao in their roster and even though they had some success, they decided it was not enough so they kicked out EternalEnVy for EGM for a fully Swedish squad.
One of this team’s reasons for success is their strong friendship bonds, even their manager is a very key factor to their success. It also helps that the manager, who is Singaporean model and e-sports celebrity Kelly Milkies, is also Loda’s girlfriend.
Some of their favorite and signature picks include Chen, Io, Nature’s Prophet, Puck and Lone Druid. Like these picks indicate, Alliance is most known for their split pushing and ability to avoid fights (AKA “rat dota”).
Here is a very insightful video showcasing their playstyle, most notably Bulldog’s rat plays and how even President Barack Obama describes as a “heinous and cowardly act”.
Invictus Gaming! From left to right:
- Yinqi “Luo” (Carry),
- Luo “Ferrari_430” Feichi (Solo Mid),
- Jiang “YYF” Cen (Offlane),
- Zeng “Faith” Hongda (Support)
- Wong Hock “Chuan” (Support).
A team created by the 10th most richest man in China, Invictus Gaming are The International 2 Champions. They are all Chinese except for Chuan who comes from Malaysia.
Chuan has a very inspiring life story, from dreaming and practicing every day to become a pro Basketball player, to having a serious injury that led him to lose both his dream and his girlfriend, to playing Dota full time and becoming fat and then finally receiving a dream contract to play for iG and reaching Dota stardom. A case where gaming saved an otherwise ruined life.
With the retirement of Zhou, this is not the exact same roster as the one that won TI2 two years ago and they had their ups and down moments but with their ESL victory just a few days ago, they are surely in top form for the major event.
iG’s playstyle can be described by overly cautious, they are probably the team that makes the least amount of mistakes. Some of their favorite picks include Rubick, Enchantress, Ember Spirit, Invoker and Dragon Knight.
- Evil Geniuses! From left to right:
- Peter “ppd” Dager (Support, USA),
- Ludwig “zai” Wåhlberg (Support, Sweden),
- Clinton “Fear” Loomis (Carry, USA),
- Artour “Arteezy” Babaev (Mid Solo, Canada)
- Saahil “Universe” Arora (Offlane, USA)
We jump right to the other side of the world (and also to avoid confusion between iG and EG) for the American Squad which is probably the strongest one to date. This is a new team but one with already a ton of success to their names and with some of the youngest players in the scene.
While the whole team is on top level, Arteezy who famously known for his stream (and horrible music taste) prior to joining EG is the main talent to look at with just 17 years of age. He is sometimes nicknamed the Justin Bieber of Dota and his tagline 2ez4rtz can be seen spammed throughout public games.
Unfortunately, long time veteran Fear suffered an arm injury so he had to be replaced by USA player Mason “mason” Venne. Fear is still a collectible player card for the compendium and he is still helping the team as a coach.
Evil Geniuses are feared for their innovation and drafting, as well as tactical sense.
It’s no surprise that on the American Qualifiers pretty much every team tried to copy their drafts. Some of their main picks include Treant Protector, Bane and Arteezy’s Naga Siren, Outworld Devourer and Shadow Fiend.
- Team DK! From left to right:
- Lei “MMY” Zengrong (Support, China),
- Zhi “LaNm” Zhang (Support, China),
- Daryl “iceiceice” Koh (Offlane, Singapore),
- Chai “Mushi” Fung (Mid Solo, Malaysia)
- Xu “BurNing Zhilei (Carry, China)
Another team full of Dota legends and for the longest part post TI3 referred to as “the team to beat”. BurNing is probably the most revered carry player in the scene as he is also one of the oldest and long time players.
Epicness is the word to describe this team, with lots of taglines to follow such as the “SUSHI FOR MUSHI” or the “BurNing your Rares”. iceiceice also won the TI3 Solo Mid Championship, beating his new team mate Mushi in the Grand Finals.
DK is feared for their remarkable teamplay as well as unpredictability. Their main picks include iceiceice’s Invoker, Mushi’s Outworld Devourer, and then Visage, Lifestealer, Enchantress among others.
- Na’Vi ! From left to right:
- Aleksander “XBOCT” Daskevych (Carry, Ukraine),
- Gleb “Funn1k” Lipatnikov (Offlane, Ukraine),
- Kuro Salehi “Kuroky” Takhasomi (Support, Germany),
- Danil “Dendi” Ishutin (Mid Solo, Ukraine)
- Clement “Puppey” Ivanov (Support, Estonia)
And so we finish Part One of this series with perhaps the team with the biggest amount of fans.
Na’Vi was the first team to ever win The International and they’ve been going strong since then, although they had several ups and downs throughout the years, they were 2nd place in TI2 AND ALSO in TI3.
Dendi is by far the most popular player in Dota 2, his stream has the highest amount of viewers of any stream and his skill is also top level to back it up, all while coming from a very poor background which he overcame by playing games.
In terms of being funny, I will let this video speak for himself from last year after he killed his team mate Puppey during the All Star match.
Then we have XBOCT and his characteristic 4 rating, here is what happens to the chat when he does a questionable play.
And to complete the trio of personalities we have Puppey, who is the mastermind behind the draft and whose interviews are probably the funniest of them all.
Na’Vi’s best attribute is probably their teamfight clutchness, at times they somehow manage to win unwinnable fights. Their favorite picks include Weaver, Enigma, Rubick, Chen and the pick that everyone fears, Dendi’s Pudge.
That’s it for now, stay tuned for Part 2 which will feature the Pubstomps and teams Cloud9, NewBee, Titan, Fnatic and Vici Gaming.