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TI8 OG – A Surprising Reunion

August 15th, 2018 10:09 GMT

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A Surprising Reunion

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OG had been a team that seemed to be left for dead. Its captain and offlaner both went to greener pastures in EG, N0tail had been struggling to find his place in an evolving meta as the teams carry and while 7mad had made the move from coach to player relatively well no one really expected him to go up against the likes of No[o]ne or Miracle- and win. The former Major champions were on the ropes and risked not even making it through the TI8 qualifiers.

This is jumping ahead a little though. When the DPC season began OG was looking to rebuild their strength, adding Resolut1on to the team to fill the vacancy left by Ana. This was after Reso’s incredible TI7 performance where he stood in for Empire and upset EG in the lower bracket. Things started off slowly for OG, barely missing out on qualifying for a couple of events before finally breaking through the pack for Dota Pit. While their results at Dota Pit weren’t great and it was clear N0tail was having trouble gelling with Resolut1on it was the beginning of OG’s slow recovery. They took first place as MDL Macau to earn their first DPC points and would go on to place top 4 at The Summit 8 and Captain’s Draft 4.0, OG was moving up the rankings and it looked like they might even be able to make the new team work.

OG continued to assert their dominance over EU qualifiers as they quickly racked up five more qualifier wins, and five more tournament invites. They went on to place 4th at Galaxy Battles which, unfortunately, had its status as a Major revoked by Valve. However, after two disappointing finishes at ESL One Katowice and The Bucharest Major, Resolut1on was kicked and 7mad was thought to be taking his place as a substitute while the team tried to find a permanent replacement. OG won another qualifier but still showed signs of a deeper rooted problem at DreamLeague, only beating Pain Gaming at the event, then at DAC they didn’t make it out of the group stage.

OG continued to win EU qualifiers but a troubling pattern emerged when they attended the lan events. At Epicenter XL, MDL Changsha, and ESL One Birmingham, OG did exceptionally well during the group stage, but when it came to the playoffs they only won a single game between the three tournaments. This was the breaking point for OG, and perhaps to the benefit of everyone involved. Fly and s4 left the team and were replaced by Ana, who had been with OG for their Boston and Kiev Major victories, and Topson, a Finnish player whose career had really gotten started in 2017 and was making a name for himself on less successful EU teams.

N0tail moved back to support and 7mad went offlane to accommodate their new players and we waited to see how the team would perform during the TI8 qualifiers. Keeping to the tradition set through the DPC they ended up winning the EU qualifier and securing their spot to TI8, but the way they did it was somewhat different with this new team, they didn’t just beat their opponents, they outright crushed them.

Gameplay

OG has a very similar problem / advantage as EG, neither of them have played together with their roster for very long so it’s very difficult to tell what they are going to do but at the same time they may not be entirely comfortable playing together with so few official matches under their belt. OG did go 7-0 through the group stage of TI qualifiers and then only lost two games during the play-offs with one being to a last pick huskar. Ana’s safelane Ember Spirit proved to be effective against the other teams in the EU qualifier, ganking lanes when he hit level 6 by leaving a remnant and tping in to help turn a fight before going back to his lane to continue farming. It’s not something we often see from Ember Spirit, mostly due to the hero normally being played in the mid lane but it was quite a creative use of the heroes spells.

The issue with this is that Ana may not see his Ember Spirit too often if other teams have been paying attention at TI. OG picked the hero for him 11 times during the EU qualifier, and would switch to either PL, Bloodseeker, or Luna if Ember was not available. It’s an extremely small sample size but one would hope that Ana will be capable of playing more heroes in the safelane or teams may be able to strategize around him during the draft and early stages of the game. However Ana is not alone and while he may have only been playing a few heroes he is quite proficient with them.

The new mid laner Topson rarely seems to have a bad game, even when his team is losing. His addition to the team may be the light of hope they have as the head to Vancouver. Topson’s Pugna in particular helped get the team past WAR in the upper bracket finals and grand finals as he dominated the mid lane by using Decrepify to secure denies and thus gain a level advantage over his opponent. Topson has also been playing a mixture of Invoker, Windranger, and Zeus mid, all of which have looked pretty good in his hands. He occasionally switches lanes with Ana depending on the matchup mid but regardless of what lane he is playing in you can find him in the center of most fights throughout the game. If he sees an opportunity he will attempt to push towers extremely easy, mostly due to the kinds of heroes he has been playing but even when given Monkey King he’ll often push the waves quickly and try to get chip damage as often as possible. He opens up the map for his team although sometimes he also just feeds while trying to take a tower, you can never really tell if he’s pushing alone or if he’s baiting with his whole team behind him.

7mad has been playing a mixture of initiators and team fight control heroes like Brewmaster, Beastmaster, and Magnus while picking up utility items that allows the team to push with relative ease. He’ll pick up an early medallion in some of his games to secure an early rosh, or a quick pipe to make sure they can push down towers and sustain against any spells the opponent may throw out at them. He plays to support his team but farms while doing so and picks up Orchid, Scythe of Vyse, Vlads, or a Lotus Orb if it’s what his team needs to win the game. 7mad’s item choices are usually on point and is definitely one of his strong suits.

This combined with Jerax who is usually either on a hero that can help the team push like Chen or on something that scales much better with items and levels and is allowed to play a little bit greedy like Windranger, Clockwerk, or even Phoenix. It feels like JerAx’s play has changed the most out of the members on OG even though he’s the only one who didn’t change positions although we may still see his Earth Spirit make an appearance every now and then. While this is all somewhat vague, all anyone has seen from OG has been their TI qualifier run and they showcased some strong coordination in team fights, great rotations in the early game, and a lot of areas outside of that which will definitely need to be worked on if they want to beat the rest of the competition at The International.

Players

Ana

Ana

Topson

Topson

7mad

7mad

JerAx

JerAx

N0tail

N0tail

Anathan “Ana” Pham
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Ana has come back to where he first started out and where he originally made a name for himself. While OG’s performance at TI7 was by no means bad, finishing 7th-8th overall after narrowly missing out on the upper bracket, Ana will no doubt want to improve on that placement this year. His new role as the team’s carry has yet to be fully fleshed out and it appears that they only have a limited number of heroes to put him on at the moment, but it’s also possible that Ana didn’t have to show everything he has prepared during the qualifiers. Only time will tell how well his transition to the safelane goes.

Ana has come back to where he first started out and where he originally made a name for himself. While OG’s performance at TI7 was by no means bad, finishing 7th-8th overall after narrowly missing out on the upper bracket, Ana will no doubt want to improve on that placement this year. His new role as the team’s carry has yet to be fully fleshed out and it appears that they only have a limited number of heroes to put him on at the moment, but it’s also possible that Ana didn’t have to show everything he has prepared during the qualifiers. Only time will tell how well his transition to the safelane goes.

Topias “Topson” Taavitsainen Notable heroes:
The finnish pubstar Topson has made a decent impression during his TI qualifier run. He’s a very active player who doesn’t shy away from a fight if he believes he has a chance of winning it and taking objectives off it. His Pugna and Windranger were both instrumental in getting through the open qualifiers, while he’s also not afraid to pull out a mid Skywrath Mage and style on his enemies with some heroes rarely seen in a core role. OG’s success at TI8 rests squarely on his shoulders as he seems to rarely have a bad game, but when he does and has difficulty recovering the team as a whole suffers greatly.

The finnish pubstar Topson has made a decent impression during his TI qualifier run. He’s a very active player who doesn’t shy away from a fight if he believes he has a chance of winning it and taking objectives off it. His Pugna and Windranger were both instrumental in getting through the open qualifiers, while he’s also not afraid to pull out a mid Skywrath Mage and style on his enemies with some heroes rarely seen in a core role. OG’s success at TI8 rests squarely on his shoulders as he seems to rarely have a bad game, but when he does and has difficulty recovering the team as a whole suffers greatly.

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Sébastien “7mad” Debs Notable heroes:
The former coach-turned-player of OG didn’t look great in the mid position. He was capable of playing the role but struggled to keep up with players who had been practicing day in and day out just for that 1v1 lane. His transition to the offlane has been much cleaner and dare we say 7mad actually looks quite comfortable in the offlane. His item choices are almost always on point and exactly what his team needs, his positioning has been fantastic, and his hero pool seems wide enough to comfortably allow OG to try out many different things in the offlane.

The former coach-turned-player of OG didn’t look great in the mid position. He was capable of playing the role but struggled to keep up with players who had been practicing day in and day out just for that 1v1 lane. His transition to the offlane has been much cleaner and dare we say 7mad actually looks quite comfortable in the offlane. His item choices are almost always on point and exactly what his team needs, his positioning has been fantastic, and his hero pool seems wide enough to comfortably allow OG to try out many different things in the offlane.

Jesse “JerAx” Vainikka Notable heroes:
JerAx made his name in HoN but he’s come a long way since then. He joined QPAD in 2013 but it wasn’t really until he joined Team Liquid in 2015 that his star status as a 4 position became cemented in everyone’s minds when we watched him single-handedly control games with his Earth Spirit. Lately that fire seemed to have been going out in JerAx but something has once again changed as we have begun to see a little bit of the Major winner return to form. We’ll have to keep an eye on him and see what he pulls off at TI8.

JerAx made his name in HoN but he’s come a long way since then. He joined QPAD in 2013 but it wasn’t really until he joined Team Liquid in 2015 that his star status as a 4 position became cemented in everyone’s minds when we watched him single-handedly control games with his Earth Spirit. Lately that fire seemed to have been going out in JerAx but something has once again changed as we have begun to see a little bit of the Major winner return to form. We’ll have to keep an eye on him and see what he pulls off at TI8.

Johan “N0tail” Sundstein Notable heroes:
Big daddy N0tail has returned to the support role after years of playing carry, quite successfully I must add. Lately he has looked quite lost in the role and so the move to support has been welcomed by many fans of the team in hopes that he finds his footing and returns as a stronger player because of it. N0tail has been on OG since its inception as Monkey Business and is now the only founding member of the team that is left. His journey through the TI qualifiers saw him mostly playing Witch Doctor but there is hope that we may once again see the return of some of N0tail’s fabled micro heroes which brought him great success in the past.

Big daddy N0tail has returned to the support role after years of playing carry, quite successfully I must add. Lately he has looked quite lost in the role and so the move to support has been welcomed by many fans of the team in hopes that he finds his footing and returns as a stronger player because of it. N0tail has been on OG since its inception as Monkey Business and is now the only founding member of the team that is left. His journey through the TI qualifiers saw him mostly playing Witch Doctor but there is hope that we may once again see the return of some of N0tail’s fabled micro heroes which brought him great success in the past.

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Writer: OmniEulogy
Editor: .oTTo.
Graphics: Valve, Julmust, Exitiums

OG had been a team that seemed to be left for dead. Its captain and offlaner both went to greener pastures in EG, N0tail had been struggling to find his place in an evolving meta as the teams carry and while 7mad had made the move from coach to player relatively well no one really expected him to go up against the likes of No[o]ne or Miracle- and win. The former Major champions were on the ropes and risked not even making it through the TI8 qualifiers.This is jumping ahead a little though. When the DPC season began OG was looking to rebuild their strength, adding Resolut1on to the team to fill the vacancy left by Ana. This was after Reso’s incredible TI7 performance where he stood in for Empire and upset EG in the lower bracket. Things started off slowly for OG, barely missing out on qualifying for a couple of events before finally breaking through the pack for Dota Pit. While their results at Dota Pit weren’t great and it was clear N0tail was having trouble gelling with Resolut1on it was the beginning of OG’s slow recovery. They took first place as MDL Macau to earn their first DPC points and would go on to place top 4 at The Summit 8 and Captain’s Draft 4.0, OG was moving up the rankings and it looked like they might even be able to make the new team work.OG continued to assert their dominance over EU qualifiers as they quickly racked up five more qualifier wins, and five more tournament invites. They went on to place 4th at Galaxy Battles which, unfortunately, had its status as a Major revoked by Valve. However, after two disappointing finishes at ESL One Katowice and The Bucharest Major, Resolut1on was kicked and 7mad was thought to be taking his place as a substitute while the team tried to find a permanent replacement. OG won another qualifier but still showed signs of a deeper rooted problem at DreamLeague, only beating Pain Gaming at the event, then at DAC they didn’t make it out of the group stage.OG continued to win EU qualifiers but a troubling pattern emerged when they attended the lan events. At Epicenter XL, MDL Changsha, and ESL One Birmingham, OG did exceptionally well during the group stage, but when it came to the playoffs they only won a single game between the three tournaments. This was the breaking point for OG, and perhaps to the benefit of everyone involved. Fly and s4 left the team and were replaced by Ana, who had been with OG for their Boston and Kiev Major victories, and Topson, a Finnish player whose career had really gotten started in 2017 and was making a name for himself on less successful EU teams.N0tail moved back to support and 7mad went offlane to accommodate their new players and we waited to see how the team would perform during the TI8 qualifiers. Keeping to the tradition set through the DPC they ended up winning the EU qualifier and securing their spot to TI8, but the way they did it was somewhat different with this new team, they didn’t just beat their opponents, they outright crushed them.OG has a very similar problem / advantage as EG, neither of them have played together with their roster for very long so it’s very difficult to tell what they are going to do but at the same time they may not be entirely comfortable playing together with so few official matches under their belt. OG did go 7-0 through the group stage of TI qualifiers and then only lost two games during the play-offs with one being to a last pick huskar. Ana’s safelane Ember Spirit proved to be effective against the other teams in the EU qualifier, ganking lanes when he hit level 6 by leaving a remnant and tping in to help turn a fight before going back to his lane to continue farming. It’s not something we often see from Ember Spirit, mostly due to the hero normally being played in the mid lane but it was quite a creative use of the heroes spells.The issue with this is that Ana may not see his Ember Spirit too often if other teams have been paying attention at TI. OG picked the hero for him 11 times during the EU qualifier, and would switch to either PL, Bloodseeker, or Luna if Ember was not available. It’s an extremely small sample size but one would hope that Ana will be capable of playing more heroes in the safelane or teams may be able to strategize around him during the draft and early stages of the game. However Ana is not alone and while he may have only been playing a few heroes he is quite proficient with them.The new mid laner Topson rarely seems to have a bad game, even when his team is losing. His addition to the team may be the light of hope they have as the head to Vancouver. Topson’s Pugna in particular helped get the team past WAR in the upper bracket finals and grand finals as he dominated the mid lane by using Decrepify to secure denies and thus gain a level advantage over his opponent. Topson has also been playing a mixture of Invoker, Windranger, and Zeus mid, all of which have looked pretty good in his hands. He occasionally switches lanes with Ana depending on the matchup mid but regardless of what lane he is playing in you can find him in the center of most fights throughout the game. If he sees an opportunity he will attempt to push towers extremely easy, mostly due to the kinds of heroes he has been playing but even when given Monkey King he’ll often push the waves quickly and try to get chip damage as often as possible. He opens up the map for his team although sometimes he also just feeds while trying to take a tower, you can never really tell if he’s pushing alone or if he’s baiting with his whole team behind him.7mad has been playing a mixture of initiators and team fight control heroes like Brewmaster, Beastmaster, and Magnus while picking up utility items that allows the team to push with relative ease. He’ll pick up an early medallion in some of his games to secure an early rosh, or a quick pipe to make sure they can push down towers and sustain against any spells the opponent may throw out at them. He plays to support his team but farms while doing so and picks up Orchid, Scythe of Vyse, Vlads, or a Lotus Orb if it’s what his team needs to win the game. 7mad’s item choices are usually on point and is definitely one of his strong suits.This combined with Jerax who is usually either on a hero that can help the team push like Chen or on something that scales much better with items and levels and is allowed to play a little bit greedy like Windranger, Clockwerk, or even Phoenix. It feels like JerAx’s play has changed the most out of the members on OG even though he’s the only one who didn’t change positions although we may still see his Earth Spirit make an appearance every now and then. While this is all somewhat vague, all anyone has seen from OG has been their TI qualifier run and they showcased some strong coordination in team fights, great rotations in the early game, and a lot of areas outside of that which will definitely need to be worked on if they want to beat the rest of the competition at The International.

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TI8 VGJ.Storm – North American Revolution

July 30th, 2018 14:02 GMT

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North American Revolution

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Young blood is often one of the most overlooked aspects in the Dota 2 scene. There are so many quality players in the top rankings of Dota 2 that newer, less established players often have an extremely difficult time breaking into the professional scene. Some of the players of VGJ.Storm have struggled with this for a while; having been stuck just below the top, and never reaching the upper echelons of the Dota 2 professional scene. While Resolut1ion has been a stand-out carry on multiple top tier teams and came close to taking home the Aegis, he is VGJ.Storm’s only historically top tier player. SVG and MSS had a decent, if unimpressive, tenure with Team NP; and the remaining players on VGJ.Storm are YawaR and Sneyking, one of whom has never attended The International while the other hasn’t been since 2014. For some of these players this is an important opportunity, both because it’s their strongest team going into TI and because of how it will affect their post-TI8 careers.

VGJ.Storm was formed as Vici Gaming’s NA branch during the post-TI7 shuffle. The team had an initially weak run with much of the roster being dropped in early 2018 to make room for most of the current roster. Oddly enough Sneyking would return from the original roster and play a key role in the current lineup. The new VGJ.Storm would end up playing in qualifier after qualifier without seeing much success. While this new roster was decidedly stronger than the old one, it would take the key change of losing Timado and gaining Resolut1on before the team would truly shine. After picking up Resolut1on the team saw immediate results, taking first place at the GESC Thailand Minor (including a 2-0 win over Fnatic) and a second place finish at the MDL Changsha Major, losing out to PSG.LGD in the finals. Changsha was a surprise run from VGJ.Storm as they took down OG, Team Secret, and VG in the Winner’s Bracket. While they unfortunately went out early in the following tournament, DAC, they ended up having a surprisingly strong finish in the TI8 NA qualifiers, taking the first qualification spot by winning the group stage.

Resolut1on is already set in terms of pro player status, but the rest of VGJ.Storm have much to prove here. This TI could be the difference between these players being seen as tier 1 competitors or being relegated back to tier 2 of NA. Time will tell how they end up in the post-TI shuffle.

Gameplay

VGJ.Storm’s style has changed a lot throughout the year, though that’s more because of how many players the team cycled through before finding its best lineup in the lead up to TI. The latest player to join, Resolut1on, has likely had a large impact on how the team plays because he has proven to be such a reliable, game-winning carry player. This was primarily seen from DC’s TI6 run and Empire’s surprise top-8 run at TI7. It’s a simple plan, put Resolut1on on a hard carry and enable him to carry you to victory. Luckily for VGJ.Storm, YawaR also plays a very solid core which takes some of the weight off of Resolut1on’s shoulders. This has been seen a few times where VGJ.Storm has placed Resolut1on on sidelane core Mirana or offlane Faceless Void, though he is still primarily seen on his traditional heroes like Phantom Lancer or Luna.

Resolut1on isn’t the only one that has seen an uptick in their hero pools in recent months. VGJ.Storm have created a tri-core system where each core is versatile enough that we’ve seen Resolut1ion and Sneyking playing in every lane while YawaR has been more than willing to swap between mid and safelane. This versatility in laning configuration has been of great benefit to VGJ.Storm because of the significant draft advantage it provides as each core has shown to be comfortable enough for this strategy to work.

Not to leave the supports without credit for VGJ.Storm’s strong showings, SVG and MSS are just as important. SVG has brought a lot of great ideas to the table and made the most out of his players by coordinating the versatile tricore style of VGJ.Storm. He often plays the traditional position 5 or 6 sacrificial support, allowing his cores and MSS to do whatever they can. Speaking of allowing MSS to do whatever he wants, MSS has been the surprise stand-out player in this team. Similarly to his role on his previous team, NP, he is often relied on by his teammates to make space with his individual outplays. This ends up being exceptionally important with VGJ.Storm’s greedy tri-core style of play, luckily MSS often pulls through. You can also see this playstyle in his recent most played heroes, Tusk, Clockwerk, Io, and Naga Siren.

While we have seen a lot of good things from VGJ.Storm in the last couple months, it wouldn’t be surprising to see them come to TI with a completely different style. One major effect of the current Dota Pro Circuit system and patching style is that these pre-TI weeks give teams a chance to buckle down and prepare new styles for TI. With how frequent tournaments and patches have been this year, this is the first time since the DPC season began for teams to practice a lot and hammer out new strategies. This should prove to be advantageous for VGJ.Storm as SVG is known for his unique thinking and innovative strategies. It will also help because it will be the first time that this VGJ.Storm roster has had to just focus on practice without worrying about all sorts of upcoming tournaments and qualifiers.

Players

Resolut1on

Resolut1on

YawaR

YawaR

Sneyking

Sneyking

MSS

MSS

SVG

SVG

Roman “Resolut1on” Fominok
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Resolut1on has had a turbulent year. He struggled through most of the season with OG, often winning qualifiers but rarely performing up to the standard one would hold for such a prestigious team. Thankfully, he now looks much more at-home in the new VGJ.Storm. Resolut1on excels on hard carry favorites like Luna or Phantom Lancer, with his teams often employing pseudo 4-protect-1 styles of play, leaving the other supports and cores in space-making roles while Resolut1on farms enough to solo carry the game. Resolut1on managed to carry Empire to a top-8 placement, but with the weight of having to solo-carry every game lifted, expect an even better performance this year.

Resolut1on has had a turbulent year. He struggled through most of the season with OG, often winning qualifiers but rarely performing up to the standard one would hold for such a prestigious team. Thankfully, he now looks much more at-home in the new VGJ.Storm. Resolut1on excels on hard carry favorites like Luna or Phantom Lancer, with his teams often employing pseudo 4-protect-1 styles of play, leaving the other supports and cores in space-making roles while Resolut1on farms enough to solo carry the game. Resolut1on managed to carry Empire to a top-8 placement, but with the weight of having to solo-carry every game lifted, expect an even better performance this year.

Yawar “YawaR” Hassan Notable heroes:
Always in the shadow of his TI-winning brother, Sumail, YawaR has been trying to make his way out of the Tier 2 NA scene for years. In his defense he has played for DC in the past and often won qualifiers with whatever squad he played with. Times have changed, though. This year YawaR was the first of the Hassan brothers to qualify for The International thanks to his solid mid lane play. YawaR enjoys the flashy, play-making mids like Lina and Templar Assassin, though he’s willing to swap lanes with Resolut1on when necessary, playing heroes like Death Prophet in the safelane. Hopefully TI8 will end up giving us a full Bo3 Hassan Bowl.

Always in the shadow of his TI-winning brother, Sumail, YawaR has been trying to make his way out of the Tier 2 NA scene for years. In his defense he has played for DC in the past and often won qualifiers with whatever squad he played with. Times have changed, though. This year YawaR was the first of the Hassan brothers to qualify for The International thanks to his solid mid lane play. YawaR enjoys the flashy, play-making mids like Lina and Templar Assassin, though he’s willing to swap lanes with Resolut1on when necessary, playing heroes like Death Prophet in the safelane. Hopefully TI8 will end up giving us a full Bo3 Hassan Bowl.

Jingjun “Sneyking” Wu Notable heroes:
Sneyking finding his way to back to VGJ.Storm is interesting, considering he has now been on both the first and current iterations of VGJ.Storm (the only player to do so). Sneyking is another long-time NA player, having been in the scene since 2012 and played in two TI’s thus far. While he hasn’t been a stand-out player in this team, Sneyking has been reliable to always play solidly regardless of his hero or lane, enabling YawaR and Resolut1on to do what they do best.

Sneyking finding his way to back to VGJ.Storm is interesting, considering he has now been on both the first and current iterations of VGJ.Storm (the only player to do so). Sneyking is another long-time NA player, having been in the scene since 2012 and played in two TI’s thus far. While he hasn’t been a stand-out player in this team, Sneyking has been reliable to always play solidly regardless of his hero or lane, enabling YawaR and Resolut1on to do what they do best.

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Arif “MSS” Anwar Notable heroes:
Much like his time on NP last year, MSS has arguably been the breakout player on VGJ.Storm. A relatively underrated player, MSS spent most of his career like others on the team, trying his hardest to break out of the Tier 2 NA scene. Thankfully, MSS has taken advantage of his time on better teams and proven why he deserves a spot amongst the best NA has to offer. With a tendency towards high skill and playmaking heroes, MSS has been key to VGJ.Storm’s success as of late. Look for him to often make solo plays to take over the early game and win the lanes for his cores.

Much like his time on NP last year, MSS has arguably been the breakout player on VGJ.Storm. A relatively underrated player, MSS spent most of his career like others on the team, trying his hardest to break out of the Tier 2 NA scene. Thankfully, MSS has taken advantage of his time on better teams and proven why he deserves a spot amongst the best NA has to offer. With a tendency towards high skill and playmaking heroes, MSS has been key to VGJ.Storm’s success as of late. Look for him to often make solo plays to take over the early game and win the lanes for his cores.

Avery “SVG” Silverman Notable heroes:
A team is only as strong as their captain and SVG has proven he can take VGJ.Storm far. SVG has been considered one of the smartest players in the NA scene for a while, providing valuable insight as a player on Team NP and working as a coach for EG across multiple years and lineups. SVG’s merit as a coach is certainly nothing to scoff at, having coached the old PPD EG to a top 3 finish at TI6 and then coached the following EG throughout TI7 and the ensuing months. The man must have great ideas if such high level players and teams value his insight so highly.

A team is only as strong as their captain and SVG has proven he can take VGJ.Storm far. SVG has been considered one of the smartest players in the NA scene for a while, providing valuable insight as a player on Team NP and working as a coach for EG across multiple years and lineups. SVG’s merit as a coach is certainly nothing to scoff at, having coached the old PPD EG to a top 3 finish at TI6 and then coached the following EG throughout TI7 and the ensuing months. The man must have great ideas if such high level players and teams value his insight so highly.

CREDITS
Writer: Jdc214
Editor: Ceribai
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Young blood is often one of the most overlooked aspects in the Dota 2 scene. There are so many quality players in the top rankings of Dota 2 that newer, less established players often have an extremely difficult time breaking into the professional scene. Some of the players of VGJ.Storm have struggled with this for a while; having been stuck just below the top, and never reaching the upper echelons of the Dota 2 professional scene. While Resolut1ion has been a stand-out carry on multiple top tier teams and came close to taking home the Aegis, he is VGJ.Storm’s only historically top tier player. SVG and MSS had a decent, if unimpressive, tenure with Team NP; and the remaining players on VGJ.Storm are YawaR and Sneyking, one of whom has never attended The International while the other hasn’t been since 2014. For some of these players this is an important opportunity, both because it’s their strongest team going into TI and because of how it will affect their post-TI8 careers.VGJ.Storm was formed as Vici Gaming’s NA branch during the post-TI7 shuffle. The team had an initially weak run with much of the roster being dropped in early 2018 to make room for most of the current roster. Oddly enough Sneyking would return from the original roster and play a key role in the current lineup. The new VGJ.Storm would end up playing in qualifier after qualifier without seeing much success. While this new roster was decidedly stronger than the old one, it would take the key change of losing Timado and gaining Resolut1on before the team would truly shine. After picking up Resolut1on the team saw immediate results, taking first place at the GESC Thailand Minor (including a 2-0 win over Fnatic) and a second place finish at the MDL Changsha Major, losing out to PSG.LGD in the finals. Changsha was a surprise run from VGJ.Storm as they took down OG, Team Secret, and VG in the Winner’s Bracket. While they unfortunately went out early in the following tournament, DAC, they ended up having a surprisingly strong finish in the TI8 NA qualifiers, taking the first qualification spot by winning the group stage.Resolut1on is already set in terms of pro player status, but the rest of VGJ.Storm have much to prove here. This TI could be the difference between these players being seen as tier 1 competitors or being relegated back to tier 2 of NA. Time will tell how they end up in the post-TI shuffle.VGJ.Storm’s style has changed a lot throughout the year, though that’s more because of how many players the team cycled through before finding its best lineup in the lead up to TI. The latest player to join, Resolut1on, has likely had a large impact on how the team plays because he has proven to be such a reliable, game-winning carry player. This was primarily seen from DC’s TI6 run and Empire’s surprise top-8 run at TI7. It’s a simple plan, put Resolut1on on a hard carry and enable him to carry you to victory. Luckily for VGJ.Storm, YawaR also plays a very solid core which takes some of the weight off of Resolut1on’s shoulders. This has been seen a few times where VGJ.Storm has placed Resolut1on on sidelane core Mirana or offlane Faceless Void, though he is still primarily seen on his traditional heroes like Phantom Lancer or Luna.Resolut1on isn’t the only one that has seen an uptick in their hero pools in recent months. VGJ.Storm have created a tri-core system where each core is versatile enough that we’ve seen Resolut1ion and Sneyking playing in every lane while YawaR has been more than willing to swap between mid and safelane. This versatility in laning configuration has been of great benefit to VGJ.Storm because of the significant draft advantage it provides as each core has shown to be comfortable enough for this strategy to work.Not to leave the supports without credit for VGJ.Storm’s strong showings, SVG and MSS are just as important. SVG has brought a lot of great ideas to the table and made the most out of his players by coordinating the versatile tricore style of VGJ.Storm. He often plays the traditional position 5 or 6 sacrificial support, allowing his cores and MSS to do whatever they can. Speaking of allowing MSS to do whatever he wants, MSS has been the surprise stand-out player in this team. Similarly to his role on his previous team, NP, he is often relied on by his teammates to make space with his individual outplays. This ends up being exceptionally important with VGJ.Storm’s greedy tri-core style of play, luckily MSS often pulls through. You can also see this playstyle in his recent most played heroes, Tusk, Clockwerk, Io, and Naga Siren.While we have seen a lot of good things from VGJ.Storm in the last couple months, it wouldn’t be surprising to see them come to TI with a completely different style. One major effect of the current Dota Pro Circuit system and patching style is that these pre-TI weeks give teams a chance to buckle down and prepare new styles for TI. With how frequent tournaments and patches have been this year, this is the first time since the DPC season began for teams to practice a lot and hammer out new strategies. This should prove to be advantageous for VGJ.Storm as SVG is known for his unique thinking and innovative strategies. It will also help because it will be the first time that this VGJ.Storm roster has had to just focus on practice without worrying about all sorts of upcoming tournaments and qualifiers.


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