TI7 Championship Contenders

Team OG

Johan “N0tail” Sundstein
Anathan “ana” Pham
Gustav “s4” Magnusson
Jesse “JerAx” Vainikka
Tal “Fly” Aizik

Recent Tournament Results: 1st Boston Major, 1st Kiev Major, 2nd Dota Asia Championships 2017, 4th at Mars Dota 2 League 2017

http://www.dota2-allstar.com The only thing missing from Team OG to completely take 2016-2017 for their own is The International 2017 championship. They’ve taken both the Boston Major and the Kiev Major, and the only thing that’s left is the Aegis of the Immortal. Surely, their stint at the Manila Masters and the EPICENTER 2017 were pretty disappointing, but no one can ever discount how much Team OG is as a championship contender. In terms of tactical depth as a team, OG shines above the rest. They also have a lot of mechanical skill around ana and JerAx, the veteran savvy and intelligence of N0tail and Fly, and the strategical and playmaking genius of s4. Team OG is not far away from taking TI7 for their own, and it’s up to the competing teams to stop them on their path to indisputable greatness if they do take this year’s Aegis.

Evil Geniuses

Artour “Arteezy” Babaev
Syed Sumail “SumaiL” Hassan
Saahil ” UNiVeRsE“ Arora
Ludwig “zai” Wahlberg
Andreas Franck “Cr1t” Nielsen

Recent Tournament Results: 3rd-4th Boston Major, 3rd-4th Kiev Major, 1st China Top 2016, 1st The Manila Masters, 2nd EPICENTER 2017
The best bet at a two-time championship will definitely be Evil Geniuses, as their recent performance is nothing short of brilliant. They were the champions of the Manila Masters and were very dominant en route to that title, and almost got another premiere championship with EPICENTER as well. Aside from Evil Geniuses utterly dominating the international LANs as of late, they were trend-setters of the meta particularly SumaiL: arguably the best Position 2 player as of now, he pioneered the comeback of the Puck as a top-pick meta and expanded the niche of Storm Spirit. Evil Geniuses can have some childish indecision from time to time — which sometimes becomes their demise — but their explosiveness as young superstars around the veteran savvy of UNiVeRsE can definitely bring them to the top and TI7 championship is not far from happening.

Virtus.Pro

Roman “RAMZES666” Kushnarev
Vladimir “No[o]ne” Minenko
Pavel “9pasha” Khvastunov
Ilya “Lil” Ilyuk
Alexei “Solo” Berezin

Recent Tournament Results: 2nd Kiev Major, 1st DOTA Summit 7

Much like the 1988-89 Detroit Pistons, Virtus.Pro can easily become the Bad Boys of Dota 2. Not because they bruise and brawl their way to victory, but because when they smell fear or blood, they will run you down and kill your hero. Each of Virtus.Pro‘s players are notoriously good at outplaying their match-up, and the whole of Virtus.Pro are famous of their high kill count in each of their matches. They were very close to claiming the Kiev Major championship if not for OG‘s patience and resilience. However, Virtus.Pro showed a different level of Dota 2 ever since their mishap back in Kiev: they picked up the slack, improved their play, and flexed their muscles at The Summit 7 by playing 81 unique heroes to win the championship. Their tactical depth, their mechanical skill, and just plain swaggy aggressiveness is such a force to be reckoned with; and TI7’s Aegis of Immortal is not far from resting at Virtus.Pro‘s club.

Team Liquid

Lasse “MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen
Amer “Miracle-“ Al-Barkawi
Ivan “MinD_ContRoL” Borislavov
Maroun “GH” Merhej
Kuro “KuroKy” Salehi Takhasomi

Recent Tournament Results: 5th-8th Kiev Major, 1st StarLadder i-League Invitational #2, 1st EPICENTER 2017, 1st DreamLeague Season 7

Their 5-8th finish at the Kiev Major was just a stepping stone for their complete dominance for the whole of the Summer Season. Team Liquid took four championships heading to TI7, and they are showing no signs of slowing down. After all, this superstar lineup is finally living up to its promise after almost a year since its conception. Last year, the double 9000 MMR Miracle- + MATUMBAMAN super stack (back at the time when there was less than five 9000 MMR players) wasn’t enough and Team Liquid added their third 9000 MMR players (when GH) finally joined early this year. Everybody expected Team Liquid to breeze through the Dota 2 scene when it started, but only this season did they really come through. Team Liquid is the epitome of a power team, with so much hero pool flexibility because of their players’ top-notch mechanical skill as well as scary depth in terms of in-game strategies. Team Liquid is a championship contender, and there’s no doubt about it.
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