TI5 Wild Card: Meet the participants

 

The main tournament of the year for Dota 2 fans - The International 2015 - reminds of its approach every day! We decided to tell our readers, which teams will be the first to play at the event, i.e., the teams, which will fight over the two last slots to TI5 in Wild Card matches. These are Ukraine Vega Squadron, Korea, Republic of MVP Phoenix, China CDEC Gaming, United States Team Archon... It will be so hot!

Europe

Russian Federation Alexey Berezin

«Solo»

Support

Ukraine Andrew Chipenko

«Mag~»

Offlane

Ukraine Semen Kryvulia

«CemaTheSlayeR»

Support (captain)

Ukraine Vladimir Minenko

«No[o]ne»

Mid

Russian Federation Pavel Hvastunov

«9pasha»

Carry

 

Emergence of Ukraine Vega Squadron among the teams which got direct invite to the European qualifiers of The International 2015 was natural. The team was playing for the whole year at a very good level. Though it didn't win at the major tournaments, it took first places at the secondary events. The team made important step by inviting two old professionals of the Eastern Europe: Russian Federation Alexey «Solo» Berezin and Ukraine Andrew «Mag~» Chipenko. Both players had strong desire to prove that they have been excluded from the scene too early. The decision turned out to be most successful. Since the reshuffle of the squad the team's performance has improved significantly. However, the team still wasn't construed to be likely to get to play off. All the more there were Ukraine Natus Vincere and Russian Federation HellRaisers in the group. Nevertheless, Vega proved they are worthy and took the second place in the group.

 
GROUP B
# Team V-D-L Maps S
1. Ukraine Natus Vincere 3–0–1 6–2 9
2. Russian Federation Vega Squadron 2–1–1 5–3 7
3. Greece London Conspiracy 1–1–2 3–5 4
4. Russian Federation Yellow Submarine 1–1–2 3–5 4
5. Russian Federation HellRaisers 0–3–1 3–5 3

 

Encouraged, Ukraine Vega Squadron defeated 2 Scandinavian teams one by one: the Swedish Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas and Finnish Finland 4 Anchors + Sea Captain. By the way both teams prevented the winners of the third The International - Sweden Alliance - to get to play off. The victories over the Scandinavians provided an opportunity for Ukraine Vega to get to the final and reserve a trip to Seattle. 

 

Semifinal
Final of the upper brackets
Grand-final
Winner
 
2Ukraine Natus Vincere
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3Ukraine Natus Vincere
-
WinUkraine Natus Vincere
-
 
 
1Finland 4 Anchors + SC
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First round
Lower brackets final
 
 
0Finland 4 Anchors + SC
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1UkraineVega Squadron
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1Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas
2UkraineVega Squadron
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2UkraineVega Squadron
 

The last match of the European qualifiers decided which team would participate in Wild Card, and which team will get to the list of 14 lucky contestants of the main prize. Unfortunately for Ukraine Vega (and fortunately for our fans), their rival was aspired Ukraine Natus Vincere, which won 3:1, though they had to work hard. The reason of such result was partly due to the fatigue of UkraineVega players, since they had played 2 hard games before that. As concerns Wild Card match, everything will be in the hands of the team! We hope that the combination of youth and experience will help Ukraine Vega Squadron.

 

No surprize Russian Federation 9pasha and Russian Federation Solo are so content - they got their visas and prepare to the trip to Seattle!

 

Main achievements in 2015:

  • top 2 place — JoinDOTA Masters XVI — $ 5 000

  • top 1 place — Yard G2A Fest Ep.1 — $ 5 000

  • top 7 place — ASUS ROG DreamLeague Season 3 — $ 5 464

 

 

China

China Sun Zheng

«Agressif»

Carry

China Huang Jiwei

«Shiki»

Mid

China Fu Bin

«Q»

Support (captain)

China Chen Zezhi

«Xz»

Offlane

China Liu Xinzhou

«Garder»

Support

 

The history of the team began from a very risky step undertaken by China LGD Gaming organization, when they took under their wing the team, formed by the most powerful "pub"-gamers of Chinese Dota 2 scene. Unfortunately, the squad fail to perform at the top level, always remaining in the shadow of their "big brother" and more titled rivals. In October 2014 the organization and the team decided to part: the team removed LGD-tag from their name, having become China CDEC Gaming. The final change was an invite of China Shiki and China Xz to the squad. At Chinese qualifiers of The International 2015 few people believed in this team, since they played in a group, packed with powerful teams: China HyperGloryTeam headed by China ZSMJChina Vici Gaming second squad, main China TongFu and a very interesting winner of open qualifiers - China Wings Gaming. However, surprisingly China CDEC Gaming not only got to the play off, but it was the only team, which got 12 of 12 scores .

 

GROUP B
# Team V-D-L Maps S
1. China CDEC Gaming 4–0–0 8–0 12
2. China Wings Gaming 2–2–0 5–3 7
3. China HyperGloryTeam 1–2–1 4–4 5
4. China Vici Gaming Potential 1–1–2 3–5 4
5. China TongFu 0–0–4 0–8 0

 

Unfortunately for ChinaCDEC, the play off wasn't as successful as the group stage. A too powerful rival stood in the way of CDEC to Seattle. This was China EHOME - a legendary team, which was construed a favorite of the qualifiers. The squad of this team was empowered in March with such veterans of Chinese Dota scene, as China rOtK and China LaNm, later acquired China Cty from China DK. Experience and ambitions granted victory to China EHOME with the score 3:1 and the slot at The International. Meanwhile China CDEC Gaming have a very tough task. They need to prove in Wild Card matches  that they are truly powerful team with very high goals. Will they achieve them?

 

 
Upper brackets final
Grand final
Winner
 
2China EHOME
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3China EHOME
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WinChinaEHOME
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0China CDEC Gaming
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First round 
Lower brackets round
 
 
2China CDEC Gaming
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1ChinaCDEC Gaming
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2China Energy Pacemaker
0China Energy Pacemaker
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1China Wings Gaming
 

Main achievements in 2015:

  • top 2 place — WCA 2015 CN Pro Qualifiers — ¥ 150 000

  • top 4 place — Dota 2 League Season 5 — ~$ 3 550

  • 13–16-е place — Dota 2 Asia Championships — $ 26 648

 

Asia

Australia Damien Chok

«kphoenii»

Mid/Carry

Korea, Republic of Kim Seon-yeob

«QO»

Mid/Carry

Korea, Republic of Park Tae-won

«March»

Carry/Offlane (captain)

Korea, Republic of Kim Yong-min

«Febby»

Support

Singapore Wong Jeng Yih

«NutZ»

Support

 

South-Korean esports organization Korea, Republic of MVP was fantastically lucky at the qualifiers: it will be represented by two teams in Seattle: Korea, Republic of MVP Phoenix и Korea, Republic of MVP HOT6ix. The latter will go to The International 2015 in the capacity of the participant of the main part, whereas "phoenix" will have to "raise from ashes in Wild Card.

 

For a long time Korea, Republic of MVP Phoenix was the most powerful and stable team of South Korea. Nobody could compete them: they were the winners of Korea Dota 2 League several seasons in a row. Additionally, they also surprised foreign viewers: having got to the 11th season of StarLadder, the team felt confident and showed good performance and interesting tactics. However, unfortunately, the team failed to introduce anything new to its game, not achieving the results, which the organization anticipated. As a result, the failure at Dota 2 Asian Championship with a total tats of 1:14 led to a natural result: the discrepancies inside the team became greater, the organization was disappointed as well. That's why the organization decided to undertake the step, which proved later to be very effective. It divided the team in 2: Korea, Republic of Heen and Korea, Republic of Forev went straight to Korea, Republic of HOT6ix, to be replaced with Heard Island and McDonald Islands kphoenii, who had played for the most known team of the region - Heard Island and McDonald Islands Can't Say Wips, and Korea, Republic of Febby from Korea, Republic of Pokerface. Additionally we need to point out that the team consists of 6 people: Korea, Republic of Reisen is inactive as per moment, Singapore NutZ performs his role.

 

Both teams of Korea, Republic of MVP communicate with each other 

 

At The International 2015 qualifiers Korea, Republic of MVP Phoenix got to a very tough group: the Thai Thailand Signature, the above-mentioned Australian Australia Can't Say Wips, the Malaysian Malaysia Invasion e-Sports and the Philippine Philippines Rave, which were the favorites of the qualifiers. The Philippines performed very well. They got 10 scores, as well as the "phoenix". The two teams played one match against each other which resulted in a draw. Korea, Republic of MVP Phoenix passed the group stage successfully in general and took the first place in the group.

 

GROUP B
# Team V-D-L Maps S
1. Korea, Republic of MVP Phoenix 3–1–0 7–1 10
2. Philippines Rave 3–1–0 7–1 10
3. Australia Can't Say Wips 1–1–2 3–5 4
4. Thailand Signature.Trust 1–0–3 2–6 3
5. Malaysia Invasion e-Sports 0–1–3 1–7 1

 

The viewers saw derby in play off: the two teams of one organizations encountered in the upper brackets final and then in grand final. Korea, Republic of HOT6ix won in both matches. By the way 3 finals of the qualifiers ended with similar score - 3:1. Now Korea, Republic of MVP Phoenix will have to walk this way through Wild Card once again in order to get to the main part of The International. Who knows, the Korean team might succeed this time. We'll see 2 teams of one organization in Seattle. It will happen for the third time at TI, if "phoenix" gets to the main part, before 2 teams represented OK.Nirvana (at the first TI) and  Natus Vincere (last year).

 

 
Upper brackets final
Grand Final
Winner
 
2 Korea, Republic of MVP HOT6ix
-
3Korea, Republic of MVP HOT6ix
-
WinKorea, Republic of MVP HOT6ix
-
 
 
1Korea, Republic of MVP Phoenix
-
 
First round 
Final of the lower brackets
 
 
2Korea, Republic of MVP Phoenix
-
1Korea, Republic of MVP Phoenix
-
 
1Philippines TnC Gaming
0Philippines Rave
-
2Philippines Rave
 

Main achievements in 2015:

  • top 4 place — JoinDOTA MLG Pro League Season 1 — $ 8 646

  • top 4 place — i-League Season 2 — ~$ 7 840

  • 13–16-е places — Dota 2 Asia Championships — $ 26 648

 

America

United States Chris Usher

«USH»

Mid/Carry

United States Steven Ashworth

«Korok»

Mid/Carry

United States Arif Anwar

«MSS»

Offlane

Canada Scott Jensen

«chad»

Support/Carry

United States Ionnas Loucas

«Fogged»

Support

 

 

"What is this team?" you ask. It's simple: former United States North American Rejects found a sponsor - the organization, which previously specialized solely in Blizzard's Hearthstone. We wonder if the team will remain under the wing of United States Team Archon, if they fail to get to the main part of the tournament. It often happens so that such agreements last till the first defeat of the team.

Back to United States NAR for a while. As you remember, last year a certain team existed, which was acquired by Natus Vincere as its American division. The current squad can be deemed as a "reincarnation" of the previous one: two players stick to their roles United States Korok and United States Fogged. The guys united with the same goal - to win American qualifiers and go to The International. Last time they succeeded. Now the team faced difficulties.

The group stage wasn't an obstacle for United States North American Rejects: they performed successfully. They defeated 3 principal rivals and played draw match against the team of charismatic moustache man United States ixmike88 United States Wheel Whreck While Whistling, which took the last place in group. As a result they took the first place in the group. Their first rival was United States compLexity Gaming.

 

GROUP A
# Team V-D-L Maps S
1. United States Minor Outlying Islands North American Rejects 3–1–0 7–1 10
2. Canada Void Boys 2–1–1 5–3 7
3. United States Minor Outlying Islands Wheel Whreck 0–3–1 3–5 3
4. United States Minor Outlying Islands Team Leviathan 1–0–3 2–6 3
5. Peru Not Today 1–1–2 3–5 4

 

After a confident victory in group stage, the play off was for United States North American Rejects more like an ice shower: United States compLexity Gaming returned them from high heaven into the harsh reality and threw to the lower brackets. That's when the most astonishing event of the American qualifiers happened: United States NAR defeated Germany mousesports, having closed the way to Seattle to Germany Black^ and Sweden pieliedie. For some Dota 2 fans this was a pure justice in action: two many people disliked the idea that America would be represented at TI by a team, which had only one American in their squad. Having reached the final, United States NAR once again met United States compLexity Gaming, which once again defeated NAR, leaving no chance for them 0:3. Former United States North American Rejects, and now United States Team Archon, will go to Seattle to prove their powers in Wild Card.

 

-
Upper brackets final
Grand-final
Winner

 
0United States Minor Outlying Islands North American Rejects
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3United States Minor Outlying Islands compLexity Gaming
-
WinUnited States Minor Outlying Islands compLexity Gaming
-

 

 
2United States Minor Outlying Islands compLexity Gaming
-

 
First round 
Lower brackets final
 
 
2United States Minor Outlying Islands North American Rejects
-
0United States Minor Outlying Islands North American Rejects
-
 
2Canada mousesports
1Canada mousesports
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0Canada Void Boys
 

Main achievements in 2015:

  • top 3-top 4  places — World Cyber Arena 2015 American Qualifiers — $ 10 000

  • top 1 place — Dota 2 Canada Cup Season 5 — $ 7 139

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