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With the qualifiers done and dusted, the 18 spots have been claimed by the teams that will compete in the upcoming International 7, which will take place Aug. 7-12 at Key Arena in Seattle.
Over the course of last week, the open and closed qualifiers for the TI7 were held. Six teams received direct invites from Valve, while two teams qualified from the North American and European qualifiers. Three teams joined from the South East Asian and China qualifiers. From the South American and CIS qualifiers, two teams completed the final spots.
The first team to qualify for The International was the European favorites, Team Secret. Attributing to their incredible performances in LAN events, the enthusiasts of DotA 2 expected themselves to receive a direct invite to TI7. However, Valve didn’t see them fit enough and Secret had to fight for the ticket to Seattle.
Joining Secret on their flight to TI is Planet Dog. They are one of the fairytale stories of the qualifiers. The squad made it to The International just days after being dropped by their old organization.
After a close tie breaker match with Team Freedom, Team NP secured the first place in the North American qualifiers to make it to TI. Their tie breaker opposition, Team Freedom, had to face Digital Chaos in a last attempt to secure the final North American TI spot. However, they lost to their opposition, making DC the last qualifying team from NA.
In the Chinese qualifiers, the competition was too close to call. Multiple teams were expected to make the final cut for TI. After the dust settled, it was LGD.ForeverYoung, LGD Gaming, and IG.Vitality who secured the tickets to Seattle.
With Execration, Fnatic, and TNC Pro Team qualifying for TI from The South East Asian qualifier, it looks like an exact replica of the last year’s qualifiers. These were the same representatives of the SEA region last time around, but some made it to the grand stage under different qualification rules, as Execration qualified through the wild card qualification.
The first CIS only qualifier for The International gave a lot more teams a good shot at making it, but it was TI regular Team Empire who took the only spot available. While in the other new qualifier, it was Peruvian side Infamous that took the win in the South American region.
In a few weeks’ time, these qualifying teams will join Virtus.Pro, Invictus Gaming, Newbee, Evil Geniuses, OG, and Team Liquid at The International 7.
What raises some eyebrows are the players and teams that failed to make it to The International. The reigning champions, Wings Gaming, didn’t make it. The players also failed to qualify for TI as they left the organization amid controversy a few months ago and joined three teams, which eventually failed to qualify.
Although DC qualified for the event, their TI winning roster won’t attend the competition this year as they part from the team. None of the finalists of the TI6 will participate this year. That means we will surely see a new champion crowned this year.
The team that will be sorely missed at TI7 will be Natus Vincere. They will not participate in the competition for the first time in the seven-year history of the event.
Na’Vi has been one of the more powerful teams in DotA 2, with a championship in 2011 and runner-up finishes in 2012 and 2013. It is a sad sight to see a TI without Danil “Dendi” Ishutin.
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