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Dota 2: Favorites of The International 2019

Anuj Gupta
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Image Courtesy: Dota 2 liquipedia

The Dota 2 International is about to start in two days' time and there is a good mix of hype and expectation among the passionate fans of the community. A total of 18 teams are playing in the tournament, six of which have earned their spots through tough qualifications. The other 12 have been invited to the tournament.

Teams like Newbee, Infamous, Chaos Esports Club, Natus Vincere, Royal Never Give Up and Mineski have fought their way and qualified. The invited teams include Team Secret, Virtus.pro, Vici Gaming, Evil Geniuses, Team Liquid, PSG.LGD, Fnatic, Ninjas in Pyjamas, TNC Predator, OG, Alliance, and Keen Gaming.

Although the competition will be tough and every team will try their best to stay in the chase for the Aegis, some teams will inevitably outdo others and be a colossal force. The favorites to win The International of 2019 are as follows:

#4 PSG.LGD

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If it wasn’t for OG’s brilliance in the final moments of The International 2018 grand finale, PSG were destined to become champions. They are a well-disciplined side and play Dota focusing on objectives.

They have an incredibly skilled roster which is led by fy (Xu Linsen) who plays position four. The other four members include Ame (Wang Chunyu) as position one, Somnus丶M(Lu Yao) as position two, Chalice(Yang Shenyi) as position three and xNova(Yap Jian Wei) as position five.

PSG are known for their dominant drafts and great strategy to finish off games in the picking phases. They have the default Chinese style of strict Dota which is terrifying for most teams.

They carefully draft heroes according to oppositions strengths and weaknesses and exploit loopholes to win the match, not taking away from the fact how talented the players are. The runners-up of last TI are very much the favorites to win the tournament.

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