compLexity @ The International 2015 Preview

BY Andrew Miesner / July 25, 2015

by Sören ‘Fantasy’ Vendsahm

Kyle “swindlemelonzz” Freedman

Swindlemelonzz is the creative brain of the drafts and play-style for the team. With extended experience in captaining the best HoN team to multiple World Championships, he has gained a reputation and credibility to lead the operation. Outside of his shot calling and captaining, he is the man for the middle lane in coL.Dota. During the qualifiers it was his Leshrac tearing enemies apart, as well as his Lina torching the TI dream of many North American hopefuls. Dating back to his HoN days, Swindle has never lost a LAN event. Can he keep his streak alive?

Dragon Knight

More than meets the eye, Dragon Knight Davion tips the scales by stunning his foes and breathing fire, and taps his draconic heritage to unleash his Elder Dragon Form.

Sniper

Kardel the Sniper is one with his rifle, blasting his enemies’ heads with incredible accuracy and Assassinating rivals from impossible distances.

Viper

Striking from above, Viper the Netherdrake pins down singular targets, almost completely stopping them in their tracks with his virulent toxin and his deadly signature Viper Strike.
David “MoonMeander” Tan

The man from many countries is one of the biggest stars in the coL.Dota team. Starting out as a pubstar in HoN, Moon has never given up and pursuing to make the best out of his talent. Just like his nationalities, his hero pool is diverse and all over the place. His primary role on the team is the offlane, but his hidden role is to be the big playmaker on clutch initiations. Whether it’s Phoenix, Nature’s Prophet or Dark Seer, Moon is a force to be reckoned with from start through every team fight until the final sliver of HP on the shrine.

Phoenix

Harnessing the power of long lost suns, Phoenix burns a path through the universe; with every rebirth leaving even more destruction in its wake.

Nature’s Prophet

Defender of trees and plants, Nature’s Prophet can summon trees to trap enemies, turn trees into powerful armies, and unleash the wrath of the trees.

Dark Seer

As cunning as could be, Ish’Kafel the Dark Seer uses mystical dark energy from his realm to move quickly about the battlefield and disrupt enemy positioning, creating an army of dangerous replications.
Zakari “Zfreek” Freedman

The silent, sarcastic player of the team. Zfreek usually doesn’t like to stand in the spotlight, while still producing top-level highlight reel material. The jungler and second support player is one of the key factors to the success of the team early on, keeping opponents on their toes with smart rotations. On the battlegrounds his talents are often shown on Enigma, Skywrath Mage or Dazzle, while he is also a valuable and dedicated member in preparation. Scouting opponents, finding their ward spots and memorizing patterns are making him to a key component of coL.Dota’s success.

Skywrath Mage

Dragonus the Skywrath Mage brings arcane powers from the lofty Nest of Thorns. Using his Arcane Bolt and Concussive Shot from afar he brings his opponents low, then finishes them with his ultimate magic, the Mystic Flare.

Enigma

Puzzling as the void between stars, Enigma bends the nature of the universe itself to summon mysterious Eidolons, dark magics, and an inescapable Black Hole.

Dazzle

Dazzle the Shadow Priest calls upon the power of the Nothl Realm, bending dark and light to heal and ward off death while harming and endangering his opponents.
Tal “Fly” Aizik

The Dota 2 veteran of the young coL.Dota bunch. Fly is the only person on the team who’s ever been to a Dota 2 LAN, back in his days with Fnatic and Team Secret. Now he returns to The International for the third time, this time sporting the black and red brand of compLexity Gaming. As the veteran he is integral as a leader, while also being an absolute playmaker on the field. His supporting skills on Rubick and Keeper of the Light tore apart the North American region in the qualifiers, paving the way for compLexity to reach Seattle.

Rubick

The cunning Rubick, son of Aghanim and master of powerful and debilitating magics, is a force to be reckoned with. To challenge him is to challenge one’s self.

Enigma

Puzzling as the void between stars, Enigma bends the nature of the universe itself to summon mysterious Eidolons, dark magics, and an inescapable Black Hole.

Keeper of the Light

You shall not pass! For the glorious Keeper of the Light controls the lane with his mighty waves of light.
Luis “Zyzz” Perez

A lot of firsts surrounding TI for young Zyzz. Not only will this tournament be his first TI, but also his first LAN event overall. On top of it, he will carry the weight of an entire continent on his shoulders, as he is the hero of the South American Dota 2 fans, as well as the first Mexican to reach TI. His carry play is centered around some core heroes like Juggernaut, Troll Warlord or Phantom Lancer, making the lives of the enemy cores and supports miserable. His Phantom Lancer ripped the North American region apart during the qualifier – what’s better than one Zyzz? Multiple Zyzz’!

Juggernaut

Yurnero the feared Juggernaut attacks with a flurry of blades, spinning into enemies with Blade Fury and slicing his foes with a fierce Omnislash.

Troll Warlord

An ill-tempered troll , Jah’rakal the Troll Warlord is blessed by increasing attack speed, and the skill to swap between both melee and ranged attacks.

Phantom Lancer

Azwraith the Phantom Lancer wields a magical lance, creating a phantom army of himself wherever he attacks, and crushes his opponents through sheer and overwhelming numbers.

Group A Opponents

Team Secret – For the majority of the Dota 2 community, Team Secret is the clear favorite to walk away from Seattle with more than six million dollars and the coveted Aegis of the Immortal. With legendary players like S4 and Puppey striving for their second TI title and young, motivated guys like zai and Arteezy going for immortality the first time, the mix of Secret and their approach to the game is feared across the board.

Cloud 9 – Always the bridesmaid, never the bride. No other franchise and team in the history of Dota 2 embodies the “runner-up” as much as Cloud 9. The incredibly skilled and talented ensemble of star players came close to major titles throughout the last two years, but always fell one short. Can The International 5 be their big moment to break out?

Na’Vi – The old veterans, coming back from disarray to yet another TI performance. As one of the first former champions to not get a direct invite back, Na’Vi didn’t let that get to them. The European Qualifier champions are on their way to the fifth consecutive TI. Now can they make history again and reach their fourth Grand FInals and maybe become the first organization to clinch two TI titles? Only the future knows.

Invictus Gaming – Yet another former TI champion in the compLexity Gaming group. Back at TI 2, the Chinese with Malaysian star Chuan came back from “The play” to win the whole thing against Na’Vi in an epic Grand Finals. Now they are back for more, being established as one of the best Chinese teams to enter the competition. Legendary Ferrari_430 and his teammates will be on the hunt once more – on the quest to write history as two-time TI champs.

LGD Gaming – It was Seattle, it was 2014, it was one of the surprises at The International 4. LGD wandered into the tournament as a good, but not incredibly favored team; And walked out with their heads held high and a respectable Top 6 finish. Now they are known, they are feared and they are one of the top contestants to enter the competition. Can they be THE Chinese hope for gold?

Fnatic – Formerly known as Team Malaysia, the team is now cruising to Seattle with the orange fnatic symbol on their chest. As one of the rising teams of the region and the Dota 2 world, veterans like Mushi and Ohaiyo, paired with newcomers like Kecik`Imba are an explosive combination. The team might not be favored, but is definitely one of the darkhorses in the championship – always able to pull of an upset and shake up the conventional wisdom.

Wildcard team – To predict the wildcard teams is close to impossible this year. With CDEC, Archon, MVP and Vega Squadron, the names might not be the most established brands in the world, but throughout the domestic qualifiers these teams have shown their worth and skill multiple times. So which region will get another shot at glory? Can Archon defend their home soil? Will CDEC validate their favorite role? Do Vega or MVP have another upset in them? We will see on July, 26th.

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