by Sören ‘Fantasy’ Vendsahm
The most anticipated event every year on the Dota 2 calendar is without a doubt the record-breaking International event. Since 2012 the tournament has been a fixture in the competitive Dota 2 scene, last year setting a prize pool record of 10.9 Million USD for the event.
This year the event is on pace to shatter that number once more, so the prestige and eagerness to reach Seattle and ultimately the big stage in Key Arena is even more elevated. compLexity Gaming returned to the competitive Dota 2 scene a few months ago with the clear-cut goal of reaching The International 5, bringing the brand back to the big stage of Dota 2.
After the first two days of the North American qualifier the team with captain Kyle ‘Swindlemelonzz’ Freedman surprised the world and is in prime position to reach TI5. Throughout the qualifier, the team that many thought of as one of the weaker teams in group, came out of the gate swinging and taking names. The first day of the qualifier was full of upsets with compLexity Gaming being the driving force in delivering them, dismantling Root Gaming in the first game, followed by a hard fought and gripping draw against favorite mousesports stacked with well-known and established TI veterans. Believing in their strength as a union, playing their game and not buckling under the immense pressure, coL.Dota showcased an excellent understanding of their opponents, their own draft and teamfight coordination.
That netted them the tied first place in Group B after the first day, on par with the big favorite to win the entire North American qualifier in mousesports. Still, with six matches left to be played in group stage, nothing was set in stone yet and results had to validate the impressions. compLexity’s team delivered once more, beating a scrappy and good team in unknown, until their closing game in the group stage against eHug. A win against them and first place in groups was coL’s, due to mousesports only tying in the series against Root Gaming. The task was clear and once more compLexity’s squad showed what they’ve been working on for weeks and weeks in their gaming house in Maryland. Outdrafting eHug in both games, soundly beating them and putting themselves in a prime position to secure the berth for Seattle.
The city in the West Coast famous for the Legion of Boom, the Space Needle and The International tournament is only one more win away. A win over the Group A winner North American Rejects would secure coL.Dota at least the runner-up spot in the entire qualifier, automatically qualifying them for the Wildcard tournament. The aspiration is higher though, since compLexity wants to make a statement and silence the doubters. Two more wins are necessary for that dream to become a reality – which wouldn’t surprise anyone anymore, given the performance the red-black brand put on display throughout this two-day stretch of Dota 2.
Be a part of this historic event and cheer on compLexity through their last games on the Road to TI. The journey continues tonight at 11 PM CEST / 5 PM EST / 2 PM PST on http://www.twitch.tv/ti5sange. compLexity Gaming against North American Rejects for a guaranteed spot in Seattle.
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