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Small note: with open qualifiers on October 23rd, we’ve got pretty much no major tournament action happening before the invites should be known. That means that, outside of some group play in Dream League, we’re not gonna see any of these teams play another game until after the invites go out.

The Format

We know we’re getting some type of group stage that takes place over a two day time period, that the group stage is for seeding only (everyone makes the bracket stage), and it’s a single elimination best of three until the finals, which are best of five. This is quite different from previous valve events and majors in that we’re using a single elimination instead of a double elimination system which decreases the number of games and makes every series an elimination series at the expense of a lower probability of the best team actually winning the event outright. I think this is a decent change of pace, and while I don’t think all majors will be this way from now on the single elimination format hasn’t received much love in Dota 2 recently, so it’s nice for some variety.

It should be noted that this also makes the group stage both more and less important: it’s more important in the sense that if you get a team like EG in the first round you’re probably screwed, BUT it also means that your slate it wiped clean after group stages, which is nice in that you can shake off a bad group stage and make a killer run through the main event if you pull it all together (similar to Fnatic at TI6).

Invites

Because major championships don’t have a wildcard stage (and with a two day group stage, I don’t expect this tournament to have one either) along with the fact that we have four regions to get teams from, we’ll probably have either 4 or 8 direct invites with the rest of the teams having to go through qualifiers (2 or 3 each, depending on the number of invites). That said, it’s possible we might see a 6 team invite list if Valve separates CIS from Europe or does something else wonky, but that would set a precedence that’s harder to work around in other tournaments, so I think that possibility is unlikely.

Depending on either 4 or 8 invites, the scenarios break down pretty differently. I’ll list the possible teams below and my reasoning for each falling where they do.

The Guaranteed

This teams should be there no matter if there are 4 or 8 invites.

Wings – The defending TI champions will surely be at the next major, no way Valve leaves them out.

Evil Geniuses – The winners of the only premium tournament we’ve had so far this year (MDL) and the team with arguably the strongest post shuffle roster, they will definitely make their presence known in Boston.

Digital Chaos – This one is a little tricky, as they haven’t played in a single tournament so far with their new roster. That said, they did get second place at TI and had minimal roster changes, so this team should have some pretty clear sailing for a direct invite.

On the Edge of 4 and 8

These teams have a chance at the 4th slot in a direct invite system, and will also certainly be there if there are 8 invites instead of 4.

Fnatic – 4th place at TI with what can only be considered a synderella (xD) run, they make a good argument for a direct invite. Even though only two players of that TI6 team return in Mushi and Ohaiyo, they were bolstered by the addition of Demon, Eyyou, and Raven from the 8th place finishing TNC. However, they did have a not so stellar performance at their only tournament so far this year (MPGL), which puts them in potential danger of not receiving a direct invite if Valve only gives out 4.

Newbee – The 2nd place team at MDL, this team has a completely new feel to their roster. Gone are the mainstays of Hao and Mu and the ever popular Chuan as we enter the new age of Sccc and uuu9. While this team has undergone some major shifts in roster, they still have Kaka at the helm and they have been one of the most succesful Chinese teams so far in this current season. Their second place performance at MDL was fun to watch (with a series victory over EG in the bracket stage, no less) and should have earned them consideration for a direct invite, even with just 4 teams.

Probably there with 8 Invites

This team should be at the Boston major as a direct invite if there are in fact 8 invites rather than 4.

OG – A nice performance at MDL has done a lot for this team, and they are probably Europe’s best besides potentially the new Team Liquid. Ana showed himself to be the real deal (at least on OD), and they played some pretty crisp Dota for a team with a brand new to offlaning offlaner in S4 and a brand new (mostly) to competitive dota Ana. Jerax is a good fit for this roster, and they had some nice performances in individual games at MDL, though they eventually fell to Newbee and EG.

Now Things Get Weird – The Last Two Spots

These are the teams that have played and performed well enough in recent history to basically assure themselves of direct invites should the number of invites total 8. Beyond the 6 above, things start to get a little weird as far as invites are concerned. Here are the teams that stand a potential chance of receiving one of the two remaining invites should 8 teams be invited.

Team Secret – While their MDL performance was somewhat erratic, they did play some of the best games of the tournament with some pretty big comebacks in the group stage, particularly game 1 against Newbee. In addition, their roster has Puppey, paragon of Valve events, as well as 2 players that finished in the top 6 and one player that finished in the top 4 of TI6. They could make a somewhat convincing case of receiving a direct invite for the Boston major, but finishing 4th at MDL out of 8 does bring some pause, and is the reason why I don’t consider them a lock for a direct invite.

Team Liquid – They haven’t played a single match, and they won’t until after the invites go out (except potentially in dream league round robin play). Without the current results and with an 8th place TI finish, they would be hard to pencil in for a direct invite except for the fact that this team played extremely well during the entirety of last season, and they added one of the top 5 players in Dota today in Miracle as their new mid player, replacing Fata. This team is probably very good, it’s just a shame we haven’t had a chance to see it yet.

XTCN – Valve may decide to go in a different direction and reward a team that participated in a Major (but not premium) LAN and won it with some pretty awe inspiring play. They have DJ as a support player, a TI6 4th place finisher, and they have one of the more dynamic young players in Dota 2 today in Abed in the middle lane who proved his mettle in this team’s short wildcard stage. Another compelling argument to give XTCN a slot is that the region of SEA performed quite well at TI6, with a top 8, top 6, and top 4 finish, and it would feel kind of shallow to only give SEA a single invite to the major. Out of all of the SEA teams left after Fnatic, this team seems the most deserving of that extra invite slot. Disregard their performance in the Shanghai Open, from what I’ve heard they played that with awful ping from SEA to China.

EHome – A top 6 finisher at TI6, this team has lost iceiceice and Fenrir and gained Garter and Sylar, both who have international credentials to spare. However, they have not been performing up to their typically high standards so far this season, and have been sorta of lost in the shuffle of the good Chinese teams just below Newbee and Wings. Their recent results make giving them a direct invite hard, but they have experience for days and have 3 top 6 TI finishers.

My Personal Thoughts

There are many philosophies that Valve might follow when giving direct invites, and they all have their merits. I’m of the mind that rewarding recent performances in the context of previous top performers at TI or majors is a good approach to take: you want to give incentives to teams that are on the bubble to play in LAN events to get themselves some exposure and win themselves into a direct invite, but you also want a healthy tournament scene for tier 2 teams to play in and earn some money. To accomplish this, having a small number of direct invites based on previous performance at majors or TI joined by a few new top performers is probably the best way to go, and I’m thankful that Valve so far has chosen this approach. With that in mind, here’s what I would do if I were in charge of giving out invites:

4 Direct Invites: Wings, EG, DC, Newbee

8 Direct Invites: Wings, EG, DC, Newbee, Fnatic, OG, Team Secret, XTCN

I think, in both cases, these direct invites reward a combination of good recent play and good past results, and send the message to teams on the bubble like Liquid and EHome that you need to show something during the new season or you risk being left out of the major. This also balances regions pretty well, with 2 teams from each region to be joined by another 2 in qualifiers from each region. In my ideal world, I think this invite list achieves most of the goals I’d have in a healthy tournament scene.

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Let me know what you guys think!

With the new announcement of a Boston major, as well as a format and a time table, I wanted to give some of my thoughts on the potential direct invites for major slots and the potential lines of thought that Valve could take on inviting teams to participate in Boston!Small note: with open qualifiers on October 23rd, we’ve got pretty much no major tournament action happening before the invites should be known. That means that, outside of some group play in Dream League, we’re not gonna see any of these teams play another game until after the invites go out.We know we’re getting some type of group stage that takes place over a two day time period, that the group stage is for seeding only (everyone makes the bracket stage), and it’s a single elimination best of three until the finals, which are best of five. This is quite different from previous valve events and majors in that we’re using a single elimination instead of a double elimination system which decreases the number of games and makes every series an elimination series at the expense of a lower probability of the best team actually winning the event outright. I think this is a decent change of pace, and while I don’t think all majors will be this way from now on the single elimination format hasn’t received much love in Dota 2 recently, so it’s nice for some variety.It should be noted that this also makes the group stage both more and less important: it’s more important in the sense that if you get a team like EG in the first round you’re probably screwed, BUT it also means that your slate it wiped clean after group stages, which is nice in that you can shake off a bad group stage and make a killer run through the main event if you pull it all together (similar to Fnatic at TI6).Because major championships don’t have a wildcard stage (and with a two day group stage, I don’t expect this tournament to have one either) along with the fact that we have four regions to get teams from, we’ll probably have either 4 or 8 direct invites with the rest of the teams having to go through qualifiers (2 or 3 each, depending on the number of invites). That said, it’s possible we might see a 6 team invite list if Valve separates CIS from Europe or does something else wonky, but that would set a precedence that’s harder to work around in other tournaments, so I think that possibility is unlikely.Depending on either 4 or 8 invites, the scenarios break down pretty differently. I’ll list the possible teams below and my reasoning for each falling where they do.This teams should be there no matter if there are 4 or 8 invites.Wings – The defending TI champions will surely be at the next major, no way Valve leaves them out.Evil Geniuses – The winners of the only premium tournament we’ve had so far this year (MDL) and the team with arguably the strongest post shuffle roster, they will definitely make their presence known in Boston.Digital Chaos – This one is a little tricky, as they haven’t played in a single tournament so far with their new roster. That said, they did get second place at TI and had minimal roster changes, so this team should have some pretty clear sailing for a direct invite.These teams have a chance at the 4th slot in a direct invite system, and will also certainly be there if there are 8 invites instead of 4.Fnatic – 4th place at TI with what can only be considered a synderella (xD) run, they make a good argument for a direct invite. Even though only two players of that TI6 team return in Mushi and Ohaiyo, they were bolstered by the addition of Demon, Eyyou, and Raven from the 8th place finishing TNC. However, they did have a not so stellar performance at their only tournament so far this year (MPGL), which puts them in potential danger of not receiving a direct invite if Valve only gives out 4.Newbee – The 2nd place team at MDL, this team has a completely new feel to their roster. Gone are the mainstays of Hao and Mu and the ever popular Chuan as we enter the new age of Sccc and uuu9. While this team has undergone some major shifts in roster, they still have Kaka at the helm and they have been one of the most succesful Chinese teams so far in this current season. Their second place performance at MDL was fun to watch (with a series victory over EG in the bracket stage, no less) and should have earned them consideration for a direct invite, even with just 4 teams.This team should be at the Boston major as a direct invite if there are in fact 8 invites rather than 4.OG – A nice performance at MDL has done a lot for this team, and they are probably Europe’s best besides potentially the new Team Liquid. Ana showed himself to be the real deal (at least on OD), and they played some pretty crisp Dota for a team with a brand new to offlaning offlaner in S4 and a brand new (mostly) to competitive dota Ana. Jerax is a good fit for this roster, and they had some nice performances in individual games at MDL, though they eventually fell to Newbee and EG.These are the teams that have played and performed well enough in recent history to basically assure themselves of direct invites should the number of invites total 8. Beyond the 6 above, things start to get a little weird as far as invites are concerned. Here are the teams that stand a potential chance of receiving one of the two remaining invites should 8 teams be invited.Team Secret – While their MDL performance was somewhat erratic, they did play some of the best games of the tournament with some pretty big comebacks in the group stage, particularly game 1 against Newbee. In addition, their roster has Puppey, paragon of Valve events, as well as 2 players that finished in the top 6 and one player that finished in the top 4 of TI6. They could make a somewhat convincing case of receiving a direct invite for the Boston major, but finishing 4th at MDL out of 8 does bring some pause, and is the reason why I don’t consider them a lock for a direct invite.Team Liquid – They haven’t played a single match, and they won’t until after the invites go out (except potentially in dream league round robin play). Without the current results and with an 8th place TI finish, they would be hard to pencil in for a direct invite except for the fact that this team played extremely well during the entirety of last season, and they added one of the top 5 players in Dota today in Miracle as their new mid player, replacing Fata. This team is probably very good, it’s just a shame we haven’t had a chance to see it yet.XTCN – Valve may decide to go in a different direction and reward a team that participated in a Major (but not premium) LAN and won it with some pretty awe inspiring play. They have DJ as a support player, a TI6 4th place finisher, and they have one of the more dynamic young players in Dota 2 today in Abed in the middle lane who proved his mettle in this team’s short wildcard stage. Another compelling argument to give XTCN a slot is that the region of SEA performed quite well at TI6, with a top 8, top 6, and top 4 finish, and it would feel kind of shallow to only give SEA a single invite to the major. Out of all of the SEA teams left after Fnatic, this team seems the most deserving of that extra invite slot. Disregard their performance in the Shanghai Open, from what I’ve heard they played that with awful ping from SEA to China.EHome – A top 6 finisher at TI6, this team has lost iceiceice and Fenrir and gained Garter and Sylar, both who have international credentials to spare. However, they have not been performing up to their typically high standards so far this season, and have been sorta of lost in the shuffle of the good Chinese teams just below Newbee and Wings. Their recent results make giving them a direct invite hard, but they have experience for days and have 3 top 6 TI finishers.There are many philosophies that Valve might follow when giving direct invites, and they all have their merits. I’m of the mind that rewarding recent performances in the context of previous top performers at TI or majors is a good approach to take: you want to give incentives to teams that are on the bubble to play in LAN events to get themselves some exposure and win themselves into a direct invite, but you also want a healthy tournament scene for tier 2 teams to play in and earn some money. To accomplish this, having a small number of direct invites based on previous performance at majors or TI joined by a few new top performers is probably the best way to go, and I’m thankful that Valve so far has chosen this approach. With that in mind, here’s what I would do if I were in charge of giving out invites:4 Direct Invites: Wings, EG, DC, Newbee8 Direct Invites: Wings, EG, DC, Newbee, Fnatic, OG, Team Secret, XTCNI think, in both cases, these direct invites reward a combination of good recent play and good past results, and send the message to teams on the bubble like Liquid and EHome that you need to show something during the new season or you risk being left out of the major. This also balances regions pretty well, with 2 teams from each region to be joined by another 2 in qualifiers from each region. In my ideal world, I think this invite list achieves most of the goals I’d have in a healthy tournament scene.Let me know what you guys think!

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[Update] Your guide to every team at Dota 2’s Boston Major | boston major dota 2 – Vietnamnhanvan

It’s December, and although the pro Dota scene has been steadily recovering from the post-International hiatus, the rust still hasn’t quite come off. Now, just as your pub games are starting to go stale, the light is about to burst out from behind the clouds. Ladies and gentlemen, the Boston Major is almost upon us. Here’s what you need to know about the competitors.

THE DIRECT INVITES

Wings Gaming 

Wings Gaming

Members: iceice, y (formerly innocence), Faith_bian, bLink, Shadow
Origins: China
Key Heroes: Go into a Wings draft expecting the unexpected.

If you asked me who Wings Gaming were this time last year, my answer would have been ‘I think I’ve heard of them’. Since then the Chinese team have become powerhouses and the winners of this year’s International. International Winners in the past have almost always been pretty terrible in the months after the tournament ends, but not Wings. 

They’ll be charging into the Boston Major with wins at the Nanyang Championships and the Northern BEAT Arena under their belt. Their strengths lie in their drafts and the sheer amount of trust the players have in each other. Expect mad picks, mad low percentage plays and a ‘go hard or go home’ style of Dota. They are very capable of winning the Boston Major.

Digital Chaos 

Digital Chaos

Members: Misery, Resolut1on, w33haa, Saksa, MoonMeander
Origins: Denmark, Canada, Romania, Ukraine, Macedonia
Key Heroes: Ursa, Meepo, Invoker 

Digital Chaos gave us one of the greatest stories in pro Dota 2 ever. This band of rejects put together a monumental TI run this year which saw them finish the tournament in second place. They draft unpredictably and play unpredictably too, making them a nightmare to come up against. Captain Misery is a veteran of the scene, and despite not even wanting to take up captaincy, he’s proved himself to be one of the best.

Add to that explosive young core players w33haa and Resolut1on, erratic offlaner MoonMeander and stable support Saksa and you’ve got a recipe for success. After such a great year, offlaner MoonMeander was surprisingly kicked from OG and picked up by DC. This has definitely sparked a rivalry between OG and Moon, who will be looking to get his own back for what he’ll consider an undeserved dismissal.

OG 

OG

Members: Fly, n0tail, s4, Jerax, Ana
Origins: Israel, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Australia
Key Heroes: Invoker, Dragon Knight, Earth Spirit (Jerax is probably the best Earth Spirit player in the world) 

OG are the team that I thought were going to win TI6. Cohesion issues within OG appeared to hamper their form at The International, which saw them place a lot lower than people were expecting.

That’s in the past, however, and OG are back with a new team. Best buds n0tail and Fly have put together another strong looking Dota 2 squad, losing Cr1t, Miracle and MoonMeadner while picking up Jerax, s4 and relatively unknown midlaner Ana. 

Their philosophy remains unchanged from last year. It’s the same brand of Dota, just with different pieces—expect exemplary team fight coordination and a mid laner that can completely take over a game. OG could well make up for their poor TI showing, following their second place finish at the Summit.

Evil Geniuses 

Evil Geniuses

Members: Cr1t, Zai, Sumail, Arteezy, Universe
Origins: Denmark, Sweden, Pakistan, Canada, USA
Key Heroes: Treant Protector, Venomancer, Anything played by Zai 

After finishing in third place at the International and winning it the previous year, you wouldn’t expect the EG line-up to have changed much since TI6. Two players have been swapped out, however, and while that doesn’t seem like many, those two were EG’s soul.

Captain PPD was replaced by Cr1t, who left OG in search of greener pastures, and Mr EG himself old man Fear was replaced by Arteezy (yes, this is his third time joining EG). Winning one LAN and placing third in another, they’re certainly in good stead for the upcoming major. EG and NP have been building up a rivalry over the past few weeks which we could see develop further in Boston.

Newbee 

Newbee

Members: Kaka, Faith, Sccc, uuu9, kpii
Origin: China and kpii is Australian
Key Heroes: Sladar, Invoker, Io 

Newbee are looking very different to the team that attended TI6. They have three new faces, two of whom I’d never heard of before they joined the squad. I think Newbee have the potential to surprise at this event. Both Sccc and uuu9 rank at around the 9k MMR mark, which is nothing to be scoffed at. If they’ve used their two months away from competitive Dota improving their teamwork, they could do well.

Also joining the team is Faith, who won TI2 all those years ago with IG. Having a TI winner in your squad can’t hurt. Right?

EHOME

EHOME

Members: LaNm, Garder, eLeVeN, old chicken, Sylar
Origins: China
Key Heroes: Juggernaut, Lion, Morphling 

EHOME are a mixture of scene veterans and a few newcomers. LaNm, who started his Dota 2 career there way back when, and old chicken, who has played for EHOME for his year or so in Dota 2. They lost iceiceice after TI6 and replaced him with well known carry player Sylar.

EHOME always seem to get the title of ‘outside favourites’ as everyone that knows they can do extremely well in any tournament they’re part of. A major issue for them is consistency, especially at Valve hosted events. Winning a load of the smaller competitions is nice and all, but we all know what the real aim is. I don’t think EHOME will win, but you don’t get labeled ‘outside favourites’ at almost every single tournament you attend for no reason.

MVP Phoenix 

MVP Phoenix

Members: DuBu, Febby, Velo, QO, Forev
Origin: South Korea, Australia
Key Heroes: Phantom Assassin, Witch Doctor, Io 

MVP Phoenix play Dota the way you wish you could play Dota. I don’t think MVP are actually capable of playing in a conventional way. They just run at you! I don’t really know what else to say. It’s so simple, but also so incredibly entertaining to watch. It doesn’t matter where they are, they will kill you. Underneath tier four towers, doesn’t matter, surrounded by the rest of your team, doesn’t matter—I think the only place on the map off limits for MVP is the enemy fountain, and even that’s debatable.

When they get it right it’s unbelievable to watch and they can definitely beat anyone. With Forev recently rejoining after a short, unsuccessful stint with Team Secret, their chances at the Major have definitely gone up.

QUALIFIED TEAMS

Team NP

Team NP

Members: EternaLEnVy, Aui_2000, SVG, 1437/Rose whatever he’s called, MSS
Origins: USA, Canada
Key Heroes: Sven, Warlock, Terrorblade mid 

Team NP were born out of the ashes of the North American scene. EternaLEnVy and Aui_2000, two very established and successful players, created the team in the September after TI6. At the start no one gave Envy and his rag-tag band of North American rejects much of a chance, but oh how they have proved everyone wrong.

They stormed their way through the Boston Major US qualifiers, through the Summit 6 qualifiers and through the ESL One qualifiers (beating Complexity each time). They’ve placed well in every LAN they’ve attended. Their extremely efficient farming, good team communication and occasional hilarious misplays all make for entertaining Dota.

compLexity Gaming

compLexity Gaming

Members: melonzz, Zfreek, monkeys-forever, canceL^^, Moo
Origins: USA, Romania
Key Heroes: Slark, Earth Spirit, Mirana 

Complexity Gaming, or coL, got through to the wildcards of 2016’s International, but ended up going out to Execration when they stupidly allowed Meepo through the pool: a Meepo played by a guy with a competitive win rate on the hero of over 90%.

Since then coL are looking a little different. Gone are Swedes Chessie, Limmp and Handsken, in their places are mid laner canceL^^, monkeys-forever offlane and Moo, who has taken up the role of carry. Moo feels he was unfairly kicked from Digital Chaos, and absolutely has a point to prove against his old team.

Oh yeah, and Swindlemelonzz had dropped the ‘Swindle’ part of his name. He’s just melonzz now, dunno why. Just really likes fruit I guess.

LGD.Forever Young

LGD.Forever Young

Members: xiao8, Yao, Super, ddc, END
Origins: China Key
Heroes: Dragon Knight, Invoker, Dark Seer 

LGD.Forever Young are a sort of spin off from LGD Gaming. The team was formed by Dota 2 veterans xiao8 and Yao after TI6. They won the Chinese qualifiers for the Boston Major, and did so in style, not dropping a single game in the playoffs.

Because of visa issues, support player lpc and exciting young carry player Monet won’t be able to play in the major. Instead LGD.Forever Young will be replacing them with ddc and END of Vici Gaming. Two players, who could very well improve LGD.FY with the amount of big tournament experience they have. They know what it takes to win at an event like this one.

iG Vitality

iG Vitality

Members: Burning, Q, InJuly, Sakata, Paparazi灬
Origins: China
Key Heroes: Riki, Sladar, Nightstalker 

Another Chinese spin off team—they really seem to love them. iG Vitality are, as their name suggests, a pretty young Dota team. They’re made up of a number of Chinese players who were on the fringes of competitive Dota. They’ll come into the Boston Major with a point to prove. After finishing second in a Chinese qualifier bracket that included big teams like LGD Gaming, Vici Gaming and CDEC, they have potential. Young, relatively unknown Chinese teams have shown us in the past they can be a force to be reckoned with (see also: Wings) so keep an eye on this lot.

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Due to visa issues, both captain super and support player dogf1ghts are unable to attend the Boston Major and will be replaced by Burning and Q from the main iG squad.

Ad Finem

Ad Finem

Members: SsaSpartan, Maybe Next Time, SkyLark, ThuG, Madara
Origins: Greece
Key Heroes: Queen of Pain, Bounty Hunter, Juggernaut 

I’m a big fan of Ad Finem. They’re a team from Greece that formed mid 2015 and have stuck together ever since. They aren’t the greatest Dota 2 team in the world, but they have played at a lot of major LAN events where they have done respectably well. They are always super entertaining to watch. In the tournaments where they’ve been up against the larger teams, they’ve always ended up somewhere in the middle of the pack.

What’s great about watching Ad Finem is the symbiotic relationship between their players. They always seem to know what each other are thinking, which in a game like Dota is incredibly important. I don’t think they’ll win the Major, but they’re a team that can certainly cause upsets along the way.

Virtus.Pro

Virtus.Pro

Members: Solo, Lil, 9pasha, No[o]ne, RAMZES666
Origins: Russia, Ukraine
Key Heroes: Chen, Enchantress, Sniper 

As the only CIS team at the Boston Major, the expectations of an entire region rest on Virtus Pro’s shoulders. But these are very strong shoulders. Virtus Pro finished second in the European qualifiers to Ad Finem. They struggled in their first playoff series vs Liquid and dropped down to the losers bracket, but managed to turned it around and qualified for the Major.

VP look unstoppable at the moment. They’ve recently won The Summit 6, pretty much without any competition, destroying OG 3-0 in a best out of five final. And in the same tournament they actually beat Wings 2-0,  and you don’t just beat Wings. Especially not two games to none. 

They are an embodiment of CIS-style Dota, playing aggressively in the early game, choking enemy teams out using heroes like Chen and Enchantress perfectly. I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see Virtus Pro win the Major.

Team Faceless

Team Faceless

Members: iceiceice, Black^, Jabz, xy-, NutZ
Origins: Singapore, Germany, Thailand
Key Heroes: Timbersaw, Anti-Mage, Tinker 

After an average performance at TI6 with EHOME, offlaner iceiceice decided to part ways with the organisation and move back to his home country Singapore. He formed Team Faceless during that time, and they have been dominating the South East Asia region since. They’ve finished first in four tournament qualifiers since they formed, including the SEA qualifiers for the Boston Major. Iceiceice and his team have been establishing themselves as top dogs in that part of the globe.

Iceiceice and mid laner Jabz bring bucket loads of flair to the team, which is music to the ears of German carry player Black^. He gladly uses the space those two provide him to farm more efficiently than almost any other pro player. They’ve proved themselves in South East Asia, so how about the world?

WarriorsGaming.Unity 

WarriorsGaming.Unity

Members: Ahfu, xNova-, KaNG, NaNa, Ahjit
Origins: Malaysia
Key Heroes: Tinker, Morphling, Shadow Demon 

A professional team from Malaysia, WarriorsGaming finished second in the SEA region’s Boston Major qualifiers. Like Faceless, they have been doing really well within their own region. The Boston Major is now giving them a chance to prove their worth on an international stage.

Their players won’t be used to playing Dota in other regions and playing against the different styles and challenges each team poses. This could work in their favour though. A small, fairly unknown SEA team coming to a Valve event and wiping the floor with a bigger, unprepared team—sound familiar? Think TNC vs OG at this year’s International. Core players Ahjit and NaNa are capable of flashy plays and carrying games when they need to, but can they do it on the big stage?

LGD Gaming

LGD Gaming

Members: Maybe, Xz, Ame, Victoria, Jixing
Origins: China
Key Heroes: Rubick, Storm Spirit, Legion Commander 

Lucky, lucky LGD. They didn’t originally qualify, finishing third in the Chinese qualifiers. Now, due to Execration’s visa issues they’ve been chosen to replace them at the Boston Major.

They seem to be the best choice. Captain Maybe led LGD through the round robin stage of qualification with only one loss in nine games. They then lost 2-1 to iG Vitality in the lower bracket final. The new look team includes Xz, a player who finished second with CDEC at TI5, Maybe, an incredibly talented midlaner who has always been the team’s real playmaker, and three younger players who have been promoted up from various youth squads.


VP vs EG – ABSOLUTELY Incredible GG – Boston Major Dota 2


Dota 2 Virtus Pro vs Evil Geniuses Boston Major
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EG vs WINGS – TI5 vs TI6 Elimination – Boston Major Dota 2


DOTA 2 EG vs WINGS Boston Major Elimination
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EG vs WINGS - TI5 vs TI6 Elimination - Boston Major Dota 2

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ICONIC Esports Moments: Ad Finem at the Boston Major (Dota 2)


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The Majors. Tournaments nearly as prestigious as the International — and possessing an already growing legacy of amazing plays and iconic moments. Think OG’s performance in Frankfurt, DJ’s Black Holes in Manila, Team Secret’s triumph in Shanghai.
With Kiev kicking off April 24, we thought it was only fitting to look back on what is, quite possibly, the greatest story from any Major to date: the improbable tale of Ad Finem at the Boston Major.
Written by Nicholas Doucet https://twitter.com/NicDoucet
Edited by Miles Hackett https://twitter.com/miles_hackett
Voiced by Sean Meiliunas https://twitter.com/Dyna_Sean
Music used under license from Associated Production Music LLC (”APM”).
Disclaimer: We do not claim to own any of the footage or images present in this video.
Footage Courtesies:
Boston Major Qualifier
Ad Finem vs. Team Liquid, Ad Finem vs. Team Secret
Source: Beyond the Summit
https://www.youtube.com/user/beyondthesummittv
Team Secret
Game 1 https://youtu.be/qq2z489edHw
Game 2 https://youtu.be/aJXHysr80Q
Team Liquid
Game 1 https://youtu.be/ldfqdB5eR3Q
Game 2 https://youtu.be/RKj84VS5TZA
Main Event
Source: PGLtv
Newbee
Source: Youtube.com/PGLtv
Game 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEzczMafAy0
Game 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66loizX3VQQ
Game 3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9z_aBCNXPF4
LGDFY
Source: Youtube.com/PGLtv
Game 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgY5xmk9YjI
Game 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqfw3C6aOW4
Game 3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afTz8PlFAYo
Digital Chaos
Source: Youtube.com/PGLtv
Game 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMml_LsgB9A
Game 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6L8eXO8jjrI
OG (games 1,2 and 3)
Source: Youtube.com/PGLtv
Game 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qngX2ssHBvw
Game 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Da00BGVmQA
Game 3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gF_m_zmckpI
Additional footage courtesy PGLtv
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The Boston Major presented by PGL
https://youtu.be/4L6bizyRCKw
Intro The Boston Major
https://youtu.be/zyUc_nWRNBM
The Boston Major team arrivals on November 30
https://youtu.be/3nZcC7p5Syw
The Boston Major Media Day
https://youtu.be/zBnQYXEGfY
TEAM INTRO AD FINEM
https://youtu.be/Y7mbH5992pM
The Boston Major Main Event Team Intro Grand Final AD FINEM
https://youtu.be/70vgyI32Nm4
The Boston Major Main Event: COMING UP DC vs AD FINEM
https://youtu.be/_mRUzP5zH94
The Boston Major Main Event Team Intro Grand Final OG
https://youtu.be/uqa83h0X4hU
The Boston Major | Recap | Main Event | Day 3
https://youtu.be/5NSY3JGleeY
The Boston Major Crowd
https://youtu.be/V9xy8cUlsLE
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ICONIC Esports Moments: Ad Finem at the Boston Major (Dota 2)

The Most ICONIC Moments in The International History (Dota 2)


Every August, the best Dota 2 teams from around the world gather to fight in the most prestigious tournament of the year: The International.
While we are still ways away from 2017’s edition, we wanted to take a look back and remember the moments that have defined the tournament’s impressive legacy. So without further ado, here are the most iconic moments in The International’s History.
Timestamps:
0:34 The Fountain Hooks (TI3)
2:28 The Mega Creep Comeback (TI6)
5:12 The Deny (TI3)
7:24 The Six Million Dollar Echo Slam (TI5)
9:00 s4’s Million Dollar Dream Coils (TI3)
12:03 BuLba and Clockwerk (TI3)
14:08 The Play (TI2)
Written by Nicholas Doucet https://twitter.com/NicDoucet
Edited by Miles Hackett https://twitter.com/miles_hackett
Voiced by Sean Meiliunas https://twitter.com/Dyna_Sean
Disclaimer: We do not claim to own any of the footage or music used in this video.
Music used under license from Associated Production Music LLC (”APM”).
Footage Credits:
Na’Vi vs TongFu UB Round 2A 3 of 3 English Commentary
dota2: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTQKT5QqO3h7y32G8VzuySQ
https://youtu.be/OaGSi1YTAE
Alliance vs Na’Vi Grand Championship 5 of 5 English Commentary
Dota 2 VODS: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCr5TB_3vBI0WHuDCd3du9g
https://youtu.be/8HBr1EGX1I
EHOME vs Evil Geniuses, Game 1 The International 2016: Upper Bracket Semifinals
dota2: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTQKT5QqO3h7y32G8VzuySQ
https://youtu.be/uryTZc4XjNQ
iG vs Na`Vi Game 2, Winner Bracket Semifinals The International English Commentary
dota2: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTQKT5QqO3h7y32G8VzuySQ
https://youtu.be/Laegn0MrU
Orange vs Na’Vi LB Round 6A 3 of 3 English Commentary
dota2: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTQKT5QqO3h7y32G8VzuySQ
https://youtu.be/SQTntvzdY5k
Dota 2 The International 2015 Grand Final EG vs CDEC
Dota 2 Tournaments LIVE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgMyFJ3Rk1lqKpDcKhoXSg
https://youtu.be/SNCB6n3XipI
\”The Play\” Multicam Edition
Chris Myll: https://www.youtube.com/user/coolmyll
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ldq1afiKQb8
The International 3, Liquid vs LGD, the ending
SheeverGaming: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5uqb_yeIniWNP5_9Q242Bw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j57IwgL4TOc
The International Archives – Liquid vs. LGD
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https://youtu.be/YhoYB3EgWr4
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The Most ICONIC Moments in The International History (Dota 2)

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