New Season, New Teams - A Preview Of New Teams FormedBy Yongelee on

It’s been almost a month since TI9 ended and some teams have already been formed. We’ll look at those new teams and provide you a preview of the players and predict how well they’ll do.

One Week With 7.22gBy KawaiiSocks on

The latest iteration of the game solved some of the problems arising after the International 2019, but it didn’t introduce anything exciting to the game. It was less of a “breath of fresh air” and more of an emergency oxygen leak repair, but it did its job reasonably well and made the game a lot less frustrating.

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To Ignite or not to Ignite?—Understanding Ogre MagiBy KawaiiSocks on

Ogre Magi was one of the iconic The International 2019 heroes. The hero wasn’t particularly successful, but remained incredibly popular throughout the whole event. Why was the hero so highly valued among the professional players and what lessons can we learn from them?

Items of The International 2019By KawaiiSocks on

There is always a hero meta and an item meta. Much as heroes rise and fall in popularity throughout the tournament, so do the items, and today we would like to discuss the most and the least popular items and how the latest patch might influence them.

TI9 Unpicked Heroes - Clockwerk, Ursa, and Keeper of the LightBy Yongelee on

Out of 117 heroes only 3 were unpicked during the TI9 group stage and main event. Those heroes were Clockwerk, Ursa, and Keeper of the Light. What was it about these heroes that made no team want to play them?

Dealing with Alchemist—Playing Not to LoseBy KawaiiSocks on

Every year after the International community gets into a weird state we will call post-TI blues. There is no more amazing Dota to watch, no more teams to root for and the only entertainment we get are the roster shuffle rumors. This state is further exacerbated by players catching up to the International meta and abusing the hell out of the most popular meta hero, making pubs all look and feel the same.

Snapfire SpeculationsBy KawaiiSocks on

Last year Valve preemptively solved the problem of post-TI blues with the Grimstroke release. It was surprisingly effective since we got to analyze and theorycraft around the hero, keeping us busy and entertained. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the case this year, so we are mostly left with speculations and conjectures for the time being.

TI9 Main Event Top Performers By The NumbersBy Yongelee on

Who had the best performances at TI9? We crunched the numbers for you so you can just sit back and marvel at the best performances at TI9.

Traditions Being Broken — The International 2019 ChampionsBy KawaiiSocks on

So many traditions have been broken in The International 2019. There was no Chinese team in the Grand Finals, for the first time since The International 2013. We have our two time Champion and we had a team making it all the way to the Grand Finals through the lower bracket.

And Then There Were Three - TI9 Day 5 RecapBy Yongelee on

The International 2019 is nearing its end and three teams survive to fight on the last day. A new hero is announced and the curse of the favorites continue.

One Hundred and Seventeen! — Day 4 Recap By KawaiiSocks on

Every single hero in the game was contested during the International 2019 and there are still two days until we crown our champion. Only five teams remain and by the end of tomorrow we will know our top three.

TI8, I mean TI9 Day 3 RecapBy Yongelee on

Infamous force their way into the top eight, OG time lapses back a year and plays the same bracket, and Team Secret survive in day three of The International 2019.

We Got Our Rematch — Day 2 RecapBy KawaiiSocks on

Two more teams have been eliminated and two more teams now find themselves in the lower bracket. Second day of the tournament was filled with intense games and heartbreaking losses, but most importantly, it set up the stage for an OG vs. EG Rematch.

The International Top 12 - Day 1 RecapBy Yongelee on

Missed the main event or can’t get enough Dota 2? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Check out this article for all the stories and action from day 1 at TI9.

TI9 Group Stage Meta Recap: Everything Can WorkBy KawaiiSocks on

Despite all the craziness, the group stage didn’t end up in any tiebreakers, but it still was the most entertaining group stage in the history of the International. The most interesting and the most diverse.

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