The New Teams To Look Out For At Boston Major
Published on November 24th, 2016
The first Dota 2 major of the new season is almost upon us. Boston Massachusetts is the location for the fall major, with the main event taking place at the Wang Theater, a smaller location than we are used to. This more intimate setting should lead to an incredible atmosphere, with a few thousand fans making an unbelievable amount of noise. Of course there is also the best Dota 2 teams in the world to look forward to as well. Sixteen teams from all corners of the globe will head to Boston to compete for a share of the $3 million prize pool. Unlike many of the majors last season there is more than a few new teams and players attending their first major. Some are new teams that formed during the post TI6 shuffle whereas others are ones that have played together for a while but always missed out when it came to major qualification. Big names have banded together to form super teams and teams of players you may not have heard of pose a real threat in Boston. So in order to get you up to speed before the action kicks off these are the new teams attending Boston that you may not have seen before. Team NP Team NP easily features the biggest names of the new boys in Boston. The team was put together and founded by Jacky “EternaLEnVy” Mao, who last year played on Team Secret and before that was a member of the fan favourite Cloud9 team. Joining him is former Evil Geniuses player and TI5 champion Kurtis “Aui_2000” Ling, former Evil Geniuses coach Avery "SVG" Silverman, former Team Secret coach Theeban "1437" Siva and finally Arif "MSS" Anwar who has had stints on EG, mousesports and C9. The group has quickly established themselves as one of the best North American teams, breezing through the Boston qualifier and only dropping two games. Victory in The Summit qualifier also booked them a slot at the LAN and multiple online victories have seen them look strong. They haven't played against the top teams too often, so Boston certainly won't be as easy as their other events thus far, but with some of the best players from the NA region they have a chance. Ad Finem Ad Finem is made up of five incredibly talented Greek players, which isn’t something that has ever really happened in the world of Dota before. Team captain Giorgos "SsaSpartan" Giannakopoulos, who has one of the longest names in the world of pro Dota, leads the Greek team that also features Omar "Madara" Dabasas as the position one, Dmitris "ThuG" Plivouris as the position two, Kharis "SkyLark" Zafeiriou as the position three and Verros "Maybe Next Time" Apostolos sharing the four/five position with the captain. The team has been playing together under the Ad Finem name since December 2015, however the core the team has been playing together at a decent level since late 2014. They originally played as London Conspiracy, and even came over to the UK to dominate an iSeries, before switching to Golden Boys and eventually becoming Ad Finem. As Ad Finem they have been a constant presence in qualifiers but have failed to make a top placing at any major event. They narrowly missed out on a spot at TI6, but with a few extra months of practise they managed to secure second place in the EU qualifier for Boston. They certainly go in as underdogs, but this could be the first showing at a Valve event for a team that could do very well throughout the rest of the competitive year. Execration Execration are technically attending their second Valve event, as they flew over to Seattle back in August to compete in the wildcard tournament at TI. They came third and just missed out on a spot in the main event, but did impress many. In the months since TI they have dominated the SEA scene, doing enough to earn a direct invitation to Boston, which surprised many. However this isn’t quite the same team that we saw back in Seattle. The team includes Khim "Gabbi" Villafuerte, Abed "Abed" Yusop who is considered to be one of the best Meepo players in the world, Djardel Jicko B. "DJ" Mampusti who placed fourth at TI6 with Fnatic, Adam Erwann Shah "343" bin Akhtar Hussein who was also on Fantic for TI6 and team captain Kimuel "Kim0" Rodis. One thing to look out for is Abed’s Meepo. When he pulled out the hero against Complexity in the wildcard tournament he destroyed the Americans, with 1200 XP per minute and 900 gold per minute. Chances are this will be first banned most of the time, but if he does get to pull it out it will be a treat. Team Faceless Another team with a few big names that formed in the post TI shuffle is Team Faceless. The team is captained and owned by Daryl Koh "iceiceice" Pei Xiang, who is using his winnings from previous teams to fund Faceless. Joining him is another veteran and former team mate from ViCi Gaming, Dominik "Black^" Reitmeier. The German is looking to make it back to a Valve event for the first time since the Frankfurt Major this time last year. Joining the two vets are some of the best SEA talent. Anucha "Jabz" Jirawong is playing as the position two player, with Toh "xy-" Wai Hong playing position four and Wong "NutZ" Jeng Yih, who played with MVP Phoenix at TI5, is the position five. Black^ is still playing as the position one and iceiceice is still in the off-lane as the position three. Since forming, the team has dominated SEA qualifiers for major events, winning qualifiers for The Summit, Dota Pit and of course the Boston Major. They have looked pretty unstoppable against the top SEA teams, but are yet to play against any of the west’s best. Top eight is certainly feasible for this team, but it really depends on how they play against the big European and North American teams. What we can be sure of is that with both iceiceice and Black^ on the team we will see some interesting play and hopefully some entertaining out of game antics. If there was a pair of players that would be a perfect fit to star in a surprising bromance based comedy film it would be those two.