The Regional Qualifiers for The International 2018 are over and we finally know who’s going to this year’s TI. Arguably, this is probably the most stacked International “in the history of Dota”, with around a third of the teams being fully capable of reaching the Grand Final and even winning the Aegis of Champions.
The 18 TI 8 participants were selected from 6 different regions:
- China: PSG.LGD, Vici Gaming, Newbee, VGJ.Thunder, Invictus Gaming, Team Serenity
- Europe: Team Liquid, Team Secret, OG
- CIS: Virtus.pro, Winstrike Team
- North America: Evil Geniuses, OpTic Gaming, VGJ.Storm
- South America: paiN Gaming
- Southeast Asia: Mineski, TNC Predator, Fnatic
If I had to split these 18 teams into 3 separate tiers, with tier 1 teams being the strongest and tier 3 teams being the weakest, I would probably do it like this:
- Team Liquid
- Team Secret
- OpTic Gaming
- Vici Gaming
- Evil Geniuses
- paiN Gaming
- Invictus Gaming
- Team Serenity
- Winstrike Team
- TNC Predator
Of course, all of these teams are strong in their own right, otherwise they wouldn’t be here. But some of them are simply better than others at the moment. However, there’s a long way to go until The International 2018 and almost two months of preparation combined with the latest patches can change the pecking order quite dramatically.
With everyone having ample time to analyze the game and prepare drafts and never before seen tactics and strategies, the outcome is likely to favor the strongest captains and the strongest team compositions. Which is why I selected PSG.LGD, Virtus.pro, Team Liquid, Team Secret, VGJ.Storm and OpTic Gaming as the 6 tier 1 candidates.