After years of waiting, The International 10 is finally here. Who is take the crown and become the new champion?
After many unprecedented delays and changes, The International 10 is finally here, which means 18 of Dota 2’s best teams will be competing on esports’ biggest stage for their share of the $40 million prize pool.
For just the third time this year, top players from around the world will gather together in one location to play a tournament. The final premier event of the season will run from Oct. 7 to 17 to test their mettle and see who has what it takes to lift the Aegis of Champions.
Not every team can win TI and lift the Aegis of Champions, a reality that PSG.LGD is intimately familiar with, having placed second at TI8 and third at TI9. Though many would still count that as a success, failing to qualify for two Majors in a row the year after a third-place run was not.
A tumultuous 2020 saw that PSG.LGD roster try but ultimately fail to switch things up. A poor series of player swaps, trades, and recruitment ended with stalwart LGD players Somnus and fy leaving for Elephant in a big shakeup that affected the entire Chinese Dota 2 scene. Tem
Team Secret has a legacy of being a team blessed with regular-season success, only to have that blessing replaced with a curse as soon as Puppey and his roster take the main stage at TI.
While still a dominant force in Western Europe, Secret only managed to place fourth at the OneEsports Singapore Major before falling all the way to 16th at the WePlay AniMajor after being eliminated in the group stage. This placement shocked Dota fans everywhere, especially when they followed it up by placing ninth at ESL One Summer 2021.
They’ve won TI twice—once as severe underdogs, and another through sheer dominance on par with the greatest teams in the competition’s history. With two changes from their back-to-back roster (ana for SumaiL and JerAx for Saksa,) the team still has several questions to answer, but they’ve earned the right for some of those doubts to be put on the backburner for the moment.
The team had mediocre results through the season, although some of it could be attributed to geographical conditions that saw some of their star additions in the offseason playing through high ping. A fifth-place finish in the first season of the Western Europe DPC was followed up by the return of the beloved ana. The team then finished in sixth-place in season two, only avoiding relegation through a tiebreaker.
Further integrating Abed into the existing veteran core of Arteezy, Cr1t-, and Fly after a tough stretch was a key to unlocking the team’s potential. And iceiceice coming in and showing why he is one of the most revered names in Dota history only pushed the team even further beyond a ceiling that many thought was simply as a competitive team at the international level.
EG would end up being one of the top competitors at both the OneEsports Singapore Major and WePlay AniMajor this DPC season, dominating both events after making it into the main bracket. The team wound up finishing second each time, though, falling to Invictus Gaming and LGD in the grand finals.