The road to The International Dota 2 Championships is and will never be easy. It was a realization that we took after we bow out of the China Dota 2 SuperMajor, ending our run at 7-8th place. Still, it was a journey worth pondering where we can take lessons and experiences coming to the TI8 qualifiers.

We opened the SuperMajor groupstage with a showdown against Top DPC placer Virtus.Pro that ended 2-1 in favor of the Russians. It was a tough defeat but taking a game away from VP gave us high hopes coming in to our next series against Evil Geniuses.

Bringing in four-time Major winner Tal “Fly” Aizik to helm the NA squad along with TI and multi-major champion Gustav “s4” Magnusson, EG looked dangerous as can be. However the boys came prepared as we take a convincing 2-0 victory against them. Afterwards we took another 2-0 win against another TI8 shoe-in Vici Gaming in order to advance to the upper bracket of the playoffs.

Just like the group stage, we faced another tough opponent entering the SuperMajor playoffs, this time it is the reigning TI7 Champions Team Liquid. The Europeans showed veteran experience as they sent us down to the lower bracket with a 2-0 win.

Despite losing, the boys came to the LB playoffs in full composure as we face VGJ.Storm – one of the favorite NA teams coming to the TI open qualifiers. It was a tense series after VGJ.S drew first blood. With our backs against the wall, the boys led by Armel showed prowess and led us in both game 2 and 3 to take the series and advance to the Top 8 of the tournament.

 

We were matched with another North American team for our third series in the playoffs in Optic Gaming. This time, things get more crucial, with the two of us being the only teams left who can take away the last TI invite slot against VGJ.Thunder. In other words, only one of us can push through.

Peter “ppd” Dager rose to the occasion as he led his team with push heavy drafts that brought us down in game 1. Once again facing the brink of elimination, the boys have to step up to push further. However, the veteran experience of the TI5 champion outdrafted us once again, thrashing their way in to the top 6 of the tournament and eliminating us from tournament and DPC contention.

Despite falling out of the DPC race, we still have an opportunity to qualify for TI. We will move our focus to the TI8 Southeast Asian Regional Qualifiers. There, we will be joined by our SEA rivals Fnatic who are also eyeing to make it to Vancouver.

Overall, the inaugural Dota Pro Circuit Season has been a great experience for us, we have encountered challenges and obstacles in most occasions, but what’s important for us is to rise again and carry on as we take the road to The International.

With that, we’d like to thank our loyal fans who are with us through thick and thin. Most importantly, everything that we do is for the glory of God.

Thank you very much and God bless us all.