Posted 28th June 2018 By: Derpina
Esports News – The International 8 (TI8) is fast-approaching. It is the biggest and most-anticipated Dota 2 battle of the champions and the conclusion to Dota Pro Circuit. Everybody is in full-preparation mode day by day and the line-up for the official teams competing are slowly filling up. This week, we have VGJ.Storm, the first North American team to be qualified; and paiN Gaming, the representative of Brazil, to fill in the remaining slots.
The early months of 2018 did not go well for VGJ.Storm. They underperformed after The International 7. To change things for good, they built up a new roster and reinvigorated the organization. Sadly, the new roster failed to satisfy the team’s goals and disbanded a few days later, forcing VGJ.Storm into the open qualifiers.
Continuing what they stared, the new roster of VGJ.Storm finally found the right formula with the recent addition of Roman ‘Resolut1on’ Fominok and the help of Yawar ‘YawaR’ Hassan, Jingjun ‘Sneyking’ Wu, Arif ‘MSS’ Anwar, and Avery ‘SVG’ Silverman. The team now succeeds in a series of solid performances up to the Open Qualifiers, with most notable wins on GESC: Thailand Dota 2 Minor and MDL Changsha Major.
VGJ.Storm didn’t shine as one of the top teams until the second NA Open Qualifiers and Main Qualifier Stage. In the Round Robin of the Main Qualifiers, VGJ.Storm’s only struggle and defeat was against Optic Gaming and Complexity Gaming respectively. The team defeated other North Americans to sit on a well-earned spot at TI8.
The South American Qualifiers saw two Brazilian teams battle each other for the remaining spot available in TI8. SG e-sports and paiN Gaming were the two grand finalists after going through excruciating qualifiers, where both of them head down to the lower bracket of the playoffs. Thunder Predator defeated both of them but when the games ended, it was discovered that Thunder’s carry was using macros and the team got disqualified. The losses of paiN Gaming and SG e-sports were void, and they had to be put back in the upper bracket finals.
All the five games between SG e-sports and paiN Gaming were played in the final act. It lasted three and a half hour and only ended when paiN Gaming took the fifth game due to an outstanding performance from Aliwi “w33” Omar. Today, the winning Brazilian team marked history as the first from their country to have ever made it to The International.
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