The DPC leading up to TI10 proved to be pretty distasteful of Western Europe Dota 2 fans. Lots of teams failed to earn a spot in The International. However, no TI has seen so many top-tier talents missing out on a shot at the Aegis of Champions. The worst part is that one of the three star-studded teams is none other than the defending champion ‘OG.’ Regardless of how the open qualifiers turn out, a previous winner is bound to miss The International this year. Let’s talk about the odds these three teams are walking in with into the qualifiers.
So, the first team we’re going to talk about is Team Liquid. Team Liquid, previously the Team Alliance, didn’t achieve much success under the new colors. On paper, the team seems amazing. MiCKe is an amazing carry player and has repeatedly proven that the team can rely on him. Boxi has been dominating in the offlane position while iNSaNia’s captaincy has led the team well. But, they just didn’t show results throughout the year and are the least likely to qualify for TI10 out of all the three teams.
Team Nigma not qualifying was definitely a shock. The previous TI winning squad just barely got bested by Thunder Predator, who managed to squeeze into TI10 and kick Nigma out of the green part of the chart. The team swapped out their midlaner Aliwi “w33” Omar, and the team just hasn’t been the same after that. Amer ‘Miracle-‘ Al-Barkawi switched back to the midlane, and the team took in Russian player Igor ‘iLTW’ Filatov as their carry player. The team has struggled to find synergy, but if we see some cool Invoker plays in the qualifiers, Miracle- might just be able to get Nigma back into contention for TI10.
There’s no denying that OG, once the best team in the world, is now in shambles. The team lost their Anathan ‘Ana’ Pham and Jesse “JerAx” Vainikka, two players that were considered the best in the world at their prime. However, once they left, the team struggled to find a replacement. JerAx’s replacement came in the shape of Saksa, another talented support player who filled in the Earth Spirit God’s shoes fairly well. However, the team struggled to find a carry player. They took in Sumail for some time as well, but that didn’t work out. Ana joined the team again but eventually retired once again. This forced OG’s hand to bring back Sumail once again.
All of this points to one outcome; the two-time TI champions won’t even make it to TI. But, the team has flourished every time people expected them to fail. You can never count them out, and with the ana-like playstyle Sumail has adapted, OG’s chances of qualifying are high.