Power Rankings For TI8’s Heavy Favorites
Posted 20th August 2018 By: Derpina    299 Views
Esports News – The big contenders and underdogs of The International 8 (TI8) alternate between South Korean and Western teams, but the next champion for this year remains to be seen. The only things certain are the powerhouses in the competitive scene of Dota 2: Virtus.Pro, Team Liquid, PSG.LGD, Team Secret, and Mineski. Let’s see how well they performed in the tournaments prior to TI8.
Dota 2 team Virtus Pro is one of the absolute favorites this year. In fact, gaming experts believe that their journey to the TI8 is one of the best seasons in Dota 2 history. Virtus. Pro managed to bag four major victories this season and entirely dominated the Dota Pro Circuit rankings. What’s more surprising is they only made one roster change this season, swapping out support player Ilya “Lil” Ilyuk for Natus Vincere’s former player, Vladimir “RodjER” Nikogosyan
Coming in for the second spot is the defending champions of the International 7, Team Liquid. They’ve had an impressive run from 2017 through half of 2018, but it also seemed alarming to fans that they still sit below Virtus.Pro’s rank for more than half a year. They won the Starladder i-League Invitational Season 3, but only emerged as runner-ups following the event. However, they proved to be unbeatable against the likes of Team Secret and PSG.LGD.
PSG.LGD is one of the most controversial esports teams today after partnering with football giants Paris Saint-Germain. Inside the arena, they performed well in several of their first major tournaments, especially at the PGL Open Bucharest. For further improvements, the teams decided to swap out offlaner Ren “eLeVeN” Yangwei for Xu “fy” Linsen. Fy is now the support and team captain of PSG.LGD.
Another powerhouse and favorite team since The International started is Team Secret. Their most remarkable performances halfway through the year features the DreamLeague Seasons 8, Captain’s Drift 4, and ESL One Hamburg. After last year’s The International, Team Secret made swift roster changes and swapped out carry player Pyo “MP” No-a and offlaner Maurice “KheZu” Gutmann for Marcus “Ace” Hoelgaard and Adrian “Fata” Trinks.
Team Mineski, the South East Asian team representing Philippines for the TI8 had lots of upsets and surprises this season. Sure, they won the Dota 2 Asia Championships 2018 last April, but they placed 5th-6th at all premier tournaments succeeding that. Fortunately, months before the International, they won the PGL Open Bucharest and finished as runners-up at the StarLadder i-League Invitational Season 3.