The International 2016: North America Primer

by theScore Staff Jul 30 2016
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The Americas region has the smallest contingent of teams appearing at The International 2016, none of whom received an invite to the event itself. As a result, each of the three teams travels to Seattle to stake their claim as the best team in NA and deliver the region it's second TI championship in as many years.

Evil Geniuses will return to Seattle with a new roster to try and successfully defend the Aegis of Champions; Digital Chaos seeks to improve upon a series of consistent performances throughout the spring and summer; and compLexity Gaming, who must first survive the Wild Card Stage before they can hope to make a name for themselves at TI.

Here's a quick overview of each of the American teams set to compete at TI6.

Evil Geniuses

Player Position
Clinton "Fear" Loomis 1
Syed Sumail "SumaiL" Hassan 2
Saahil "Universe" Arora 3
Ludwig "zai" Wahlberg 4
Peter "ppd" Dager 5

Evil Geniuses are heading to TI6 to attempt to become the first team in Dota history to win two TIs. Considering what EG has endured in the past few months, that's easier said than done.

Following the conclusion of The Shanghai Major, where EG placed third, Artour "Arteezy" Babaev and Universe left the team to join Team Secret. What followed was a disappointing series of performances by the former TI champions, culminating in a last place finish at The Manila Major. When Universe returned to the team along with zai, who has not played competitive Dota in nearly a year, EG were forced to go through the TI6 Open Qualifiers to try and secure a spot at TI6.

Not that playing through the Open Qualifiers was difficult for EG. In an interview with theScore esports, Fear said that playing through the Open Qualifiers "was the best thing for us as a new team." With a decisive victory at the Open Qualifiers followed by a first place seed in the NA Main Qualifier, EG are in prime position to defend their title.

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Not that EG are as strong as they were before. The team's current roster has played with each other for less than two months, and in their only international tournament since then, EG placed fifth/sixth after losing to F.R.I.E.N.D.S. As it stands, EG have a lot to prove and show if they hope to win TI for the second time.

Digital Chaos

Player Position
Roman "Resolut1on" Fominok 1/2
Aliwi "w33" Omar 1/2
David "Moo" Hull 3
Rasmus "MiSeRy" Filipsen 4
Martin "Saksa" Sazdov 5

It took the unexpected roster shuffle at the conclusion of The Shanghai Major for Digital Chaos to grow from just another NA team to one of the most promising teams at TI6.

Bolstered by w33's skill in the mid lane and MiSeRy's time as captain, DC qualified for numerous tournaments and routinely placed in the Top 6 at those events. With the recent decline of EG, DC have a shot at becoming the best team in the Americas if they perform well at TI6.

Despite DC's frequent victories over American teams, they do not have as strong of a track record against international teams. In the three tournaments DC played in July, they finished in fifth/sixth place in each. While consistent, it does show a lack of growth that could affect just how well the team performs at TI6.

Still, as DC have proven throughout the year, they are more than capable of stepping up to plate and making a name for themselves. At the largest Dota tournament of the year, DC are poised to go far.

compLexity Gaming

Player Position
Rasmus "Chessie" Blomdin 1
Linus "Limmp" Blomdin 2
Kyle "swindlemelonzz" Freedman 3
Zakari "Zfreek" Freedman 4
Simon "Handsken" Haag 5

compLexity Gaming has the most stable roster out of the three NA teams at TI6, having competed together since November. Since then, compLexity has steadily improved in tournament after tournament, with their strongest performance arguably being their Top 6 finish at The Shanghai Major. When compLexity works as a single unit, they're difficult to overcome, yet the team frequently stumbles and misses out on higher placements.

compLexity's rivalry with fellow NA team EG has been longstanding and one sided, with compLexity winning their first series against EG at EPICENTER in May after not having won a series since November 2014.

Recently EG's status as compLexity's rival has been supplanted by Digital Chaos, who hold a 9-6 lead in series played between the two teams. compLexity is playing in the Wild Card stage as a result of DC defeating them 3-2 for the final NA qualification spot at the Main Event at TI6.

As a result, compLexity head to TI6 with the knowledge that they may not survive past the first day. If the team can band together on August 2, compLexity will once again show their competitors that they are not to be underestimated.

*Infographic by Andrew Tanzil. Article by Preston Dozsa​.

Preston Dozsa is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.