Following a two-year absence, the International 10 Esports Tournament has arrived, with eighteen of Dota 2’s most outstanding teams competing on the biggest stage of them all for their share of a $40 million prize pool. In celebration of the tournament’s beginning, let’s preview the most talented esports picks who possess the best chance of lifting the Aegis this season.
Winning both the TI and Aegis of Champions is a difficult accomplishment that PSG.LGD is all too familiar with. Coming in second at T18 and third place at T19. Of course, those weren’t shameful performances, but failing to qualify for two Majors consecutively following a year where they came third place, was painful.
In 2020 PSG.LGD failed to rectify their issues, which saw Somnus and Fy depart to join Elephant. These losses shook the Chinese Dota 2 scene; however, standout game playing from XinQ, NothingToSay, y’, and Faith-Bian assisted the team’s expected downfall into a timely turnaround.
The team showed promise at the ONE Esports Singapore Major, battling from the Wild Card stage right into third place. And despite losing the services of NothingToSay, winning the OGA Dota Pit Invitational and claiming a second-place finish at the ESL One Fall seemingly came easy.
PSG.LGD are the favorites to win it all at the TI10, and we agree with the opinion of critics and top-rated sportsbooks alike.
Despite PSG.LGD’s favorite position, there’s one problem, team Evil Geniuses!
No other team will enter the tournament with the confidence Evil Geniuses own after a season of success, and if it weren’t for their lack of title wins, they’d sure be the number one favorites.
EG became fierce competitors at the OneEsports Singapore Major and WePlay AniMajor this term, performing to a near-perfect streak that only ended because of Invictus Gaming and LGD, respectively.
None of the current EG rosters has lifted an Aegis, giving complete focus to a team that is more than prepared to bring North America back into the spotlight of Dota 2.
We can’t ignore the record-breaking squad that Team Secret has been over the years. A truly formidable force in Western Europe, many fans and critics alike were utterly shocked when they finished 16th at the WePlay AniMajor, even more so when they placed 9th at ESL One Summer 2021. However, a 4th place finish at the OneEsports Singapore Major is a positive.
In addition, the arrival of another TI winner, MATUMBAMAN, post-T19 saw their highest TI placing in Team Secrets history, placing 4th. A sign of things to come?
Two-time TI winners and possibly one of the greatest teams in the competition’s history, team OG, are being overlooked again, which should spark a sense of déjà vu. They won the competition as massive underdogs once before, but average results this year are forcing them into this position once again.
Between Team Secret and OG, no other squads have more to prove, and OG, in particular, still has many looming questions surrounding their team.
Which version of OG will turn up? We’re hoping the confident and relentless side of OG is revealed, but you’ll have to tune into the TI10 to see.
The season’s final Dota 2 premier event will take place from October 7th – October 17th to see who can raise the Aegis of Champions whilst taking the Dota 2 esports crown.