The concept of fairness frequently arises in the discussions about the TI6 invite and qualifiers system. The reason for it is especially clear when comparing the Chinese and SEA qualifiers: the former was stacked with battle-hardened veterans and proven young talent, while the latter was generally looked on as Fnatic and nine “other” teams. Nevertheless, the stage is almost set and it might be a good idea to freshen the memory or get acquainted with the Eastern teams.
Both the Americas and Europe have had a change of pace in this year's TI qualifier, as two fan favorites entered the open qualifier due to roster changes. It was especially interesting to follow these teams, as previous performances led to last place finishes for both at the Manila Major. How have these teams fared since? And what about the TI3 champions?
With The International 2016 just around the corner, it is a good time to recap previous Valve-organised events. Having a look at how Dota 2 has been evolving over the course of the last 5 years can freshen the memories of veteran players, as well as provide a very necessary background for newer members of our community.
Shadow Demon has been the most picked hero at the StarSeries LAN, where not long ago at ESL Frankfurt he was picked only 6 times. Despite his high favorability at recent tournaments, he was also rarely banned. It’s a sign that rise comes at a time where he has long disappeared from both professional and public consciousness. So how did we get here?
As The International 2016 approaches, it is time to look closer at the teams attending. After introducing the Wildcard Teams, we take a closer look at the invited teams. Six teams were invited this time around, the least amount of invites to any Valve event so far. As a result, it seemed quite difficult to narrow it down to the truly most deserving teams and discussions sparked, as they always do, when the list of invites was released. People argued whether Fnatic should've been invited over Na'Vi, though ultimately both deserved to be at the event.
So, who are the invited teams? What makes them so special, which players stand out and what playstyles can be expected from them?
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