TI5 SEA Qualifiers will kick off on Friday, May 29, at 05:00 CEST. The nine invited teams, along with the qualified one will compete over four days to attain the coveted spot at the most prestigious event of the year.
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Ten teams – 5eva, MVP.Hot6ix, Mineksi, G-Guard, MVP.Phoenix, Signature.Trust, Can’t Say Wips, Rave, TnC, and Invasion – 50 players, nine represented countries from across three continents.
TI5 SEA Qualifiers format
- The ten teams have been divided into two Round Robin groups of five.
- Top two teams will advance to a double elimination bracket.
- First place team will start in the Upper Bracket.
- Runner-up team will start in the Lower Bracket.
- The first place team from the TI5 SEA Qualifiers will advance to the main event in Seattle, Washington, August 3rd through 8th, at the Key Arena.
- The runner-up will compete against the other regional runner-up teams in a Wild Card series in Seattle, for the final two TI5 spots.
TI5 SEA Qualifiers streams
The TI5 SEA qualifiers will be broadcast in English as part of the “Mega Hub” coverage provided by Twitch and the PGL studios. The Mega Hub coverage brings 35 Dota 2 personalities under the same roof.
The following Twitch channels will provide coverage of all of the matches:
- Main casting stream: TI5sange
- Secondary casting stream: TI5yasha
- Third casting stream: TI5skadi
- Lounge stream: TI5mango
The TI5 SEA Qualifiers series will begin at 05:00 CEST on Friday, May 29, and end on June 1st.
TI5 SEA Qualifiers Group A
Group A past encounters (since January 2015)
5eva has won only one game versus opponents in their TI5 SEA qualifiers group, since January 2015.
Based on their recent performances, Mineski and MVP.Hot6ix are considered to be Group A’s front runners.
5eva is a Singaporean Dota 2 team founded on February 1st, consisting of players from recently disbanded teams First Departure and Insidious Idol. First Departure was formed in 2012 and had a strong presence in the region, taking first, second and third places in many minor tournaments such as GOSU Asia Cup, GEST, Flash Dota 2 League and SEA Dragon Battle. Insidious Idol was founded in 2013.
5Eva has not undergone any roster changes and has been participating in many qualifiers recently. In March, they placed second in Corsair Gaming Arena.
5Eva qualifier roster
“Chibix” Joel Chan Jian Yong
“Ks” Ang Kok Sin
“Ysaera” Adrian Rui Wui Hong
“Poloson” Wilson Koh Chin Wei
“Meracle” Galvin Kang Jian Wen
Mineski is a gaming organization focused on building the Philippine Esports scene by providing coverage and events within the Philippines. The Mineski organization was founded in 2004. Over the past 10 years, the organization branched out into other areas in SouthEast Asia. Their CyberCafé franchise is called Mineski Infity. They have two DOTA teams. In 2014, three team members came forward and admitted being involved in match-fixing and were removed from the team.
After many reshuffles the last roster changes came in March, when Mineski added “JessieVash” Jessie Cristy Cuyco and “Kuku” Carlo Palad, and in April, when they welcomed “Gio” Jose Ramolete. On April 10, it was announced that “RR” Ralph Richard Peñano would be the 6th player.
The team recently placed third in the Mineski Pro-Gaming League Season 7.
“Bimbo” Ryan Jay Qui
“Kuku” Carlo Palad
“JessieVash” Jessie Cristy Cuyco
“Gio” Jose Ramolete
“Owa” Joshua dela Serna
“RR” Ralph Richard Peñano
G-Guard is a Malaysian organization founded in 2014. In February, the organization dropped their roster. A month later, they picked up Natit Gaming. Natit Gaming was founded by Ng “YamateH” Wei Poong, when he left Titan during the post-TI4 reshuffle. The organization made roster changes in early April, releasing Chua “Ice” Chee Cai and Byron “Syeonix” Young Meng Keen and picking up Sim “Ling” Woi Cheong and Benjamin “Ben” Yi Cheong Lim. The new roster is comprised of four players from former TI participants.
Sim “Ling” Woi Cheong played f0r Malaysian team MUFC between 2011-2013. Afterwards, he joined WinterR and YamateH on Orange Esports for a few months, between 2013-2014. Wai Pern “Net” Lim was a part of Orange Esports, Titan and Team Malaysia. Net attended TI1, TI3, and TI4. Chan “WinteR” Litt Binn was on Orange Esports’ roster from 2011-2012. He attended TI2 and TI3. Ng “YamateH” Wei Poong attended the last three The International championships. He competed in T12 as part of team Orange Esports. He later played for Zenith and then moved to Titan in 2014, being Net’s teammate during TI4.
G-Guard TI5 roster
Benjamin “Ben” Lim Yi Cheong
Ng “YamateH” Wei Poong
Chan “WinteR” Litt Binn
Wai Pern “Net” Lim
Sim “Ling” Woi Cheong
MVP (Team MVP) is a Korean multigaming organization founded in late 2010. Between August 23, 2011 and April 17, 2012, it was known as coL.MVP, due to its StarCraft II partnership with compLexity. On September 1, 2013, MVP signed their first Dota 2 team, which had been playing as Team Ashu. In November, the organization added their second MVP Dota 2 team, featuring Jimmy “DeMoN” Ho. The team was formed in February 2015, when the management decided to split up their core players to form two teams. Lee “Forev” Sang-don and Lee “Heen” Seung-gon were sent to MVP.Hot6ix.
In March, it was revealed that Finnish player Jesse “JerAx” Vainikka would be joining the team. JerAx is known for his Earth Spirit, having played over 500 games with the hero, at a 75% win-rate. JerAx had played for QPAD Red Pandas, 4 Anchors + Sea Captain and stood in for Team Tinker just before he joined the Korean squad.
MVP.Hot6ix have just won the MPGL Season 7 LAN finals.
Lee “Forev” Sang-don
Pyo “MP” No-a
Lee “SunBhie” Jeong-jae
Lee “Heen” Seung-gon
Jesse “JerAx” Vainikka
TnC Gaming, a Dota 2 team from the Philippines, was founded in 2013. On February 2, 2015 TnC announced that their new team was participating in its first major tournament.
The team has won first place in Corsair Gaming Arena 2 and 3 and recently qualified for the MPGL Season 7 LAN finals, where they were eliminated by G-Guard in the Lower Bracket Round 2.
Nico “eyyou” Barcelon
John “teehee” Linuel Abanto
Sam “sam_H” Hidalgo
Jonel Jay “seven” Maguddayao
Ceejay “gnoji” Pelagio
Mark Louise “xLucky” Reyes
TI5 SEA Qualifiers Group B
Group A past encounters (since January 2015)
- MVP.Phoenix 6 : 3 Signature.Trust ▶ 9 matches ▶▶ 67% winrate
- MVP.Phoenix 3 : 1 Can’t Say Wips ▶ 4 matches ▶▶ 75% winrate
- MVP.Phoenix 4 : 9 Rave ▶ 13 matches ▶▶ 30% winrate
- MVP.Phoenix 2 : 0 Team Invasion ▶ 2 matches ▶▶ 100% winrate
- Signature.Trust 3 : 3 Can’t Say Wips ▶ 6 matches ▶▶ 50% winrate
- Signature.Trust 0 : 2 Rave ▶ 2 matches ▶▶ 0% winrate
- Signature.Trust 5 : 2 Invasion ▶ 7 matches ▶▶ 71% winrate
- Can’t Say Wips 1 : 2 Rave ▶ 3 matches ▶▶ 33% winrate
- Can’t Say Wips 4 : 5 Invasion ▶ 9 matches ▶▶ 44% winrate
- Rave 1 : 1 Invasion ▶ 2 matches ▶▶ 50% winrate
Rave is the clear favorite for Group B of the TI5 SEA Qualifiers. MVP.Phoenix might be able to make the cut.
On May 19, 2014, Phoenix successfully earned a play-in spot for The International 4 by finishing 2nd in the TI4 Southeast Asia Qualifiers. On February 24, “Febby” Kim Yong-min and “kphoenii” Damien Chok joined the team and on March 11, “Reisen”Lee Jun-yeong went inactive and was replaced by “NutZ” Wong Jeng Yih.
MVP.Phoenix have placed first and second in the Korea Dota League, and fourth in i-League Season 2, StarLadder Season XI and MLG ProLeague Season 1.
“Febby” Kim Yong-min
“QO” Kim Seon-yeob
“kphoenii” Damien Chok
“March” Park Tae-won
“NutZ” Wong Jeng Yih
Signature.Trust eSports is a Thai gaming organization. Until January 20th, they played under the MiTH.Trust banner. The team has placed first in The Prime Major and Vietnam eSports Champions League and second in Hitbox Obutto Championship and Good Play SEA Invitational. They have participated in many recent qualifiers, such as i-League, StarLadder and ESL One.
Pipat “LaKelz” Prariyachat
Chanon “aabBAA” Chiwpreecha
Anucha “Jab-Kaneki” Jivarong
Attawat “Nokky” Teephom
Can’t Say Wips
Can’t Say Wips is an Australian team that was formed at the end of 2014. They played in many qualifiers recently and have placed second in Defense of the Australians, GEST SEA Cup, InsideDOTA Challenge, and first in OK.-Dota 2 Cup.
Can’t Say Wips roster
“Chains” Wei Sheng Tan
“weddingcrash” Wong Weiquan
“Tudi”Y ao Wen Teo
“Godot” Darcy Jose
“343” Adam Shah
Rave is a Filipino Dota 2 team based in Korea. The organization was formerly known as EoT Hammer. Team Rave is widely regarded as the epitome of hardwork and dedication. They have made only one change in their lineup since their very inception, in May 2014, when Pyeong “pYung” Kwon moved to coaching the team and was replaced by Michael “ninjaboogie” Ross. Their performances have been solid and steady, including an impressive show of skill during the Dota 2 Asia Championships, where they placed 5th-67th after defeating HellRaisers and Invictus Gaming.
They placed fifth-sixth at Dota 2 Asia Championships, third-fourth at i-League Season 1, seventh-eighth at Major All Stars Dota 2 Tournament, first in the Korean Dota 2 League Season 4 and the MPGL SEA Grand Finals Season 6, and seventh-eighth at The Summit 3.
Team Rave had qualified for the MLG Pro League in Columbus, but were unable to attend due to visa issues. They were also forced to withdraw from the StarLadder StarSeries 12 tournament, for the same reasons.
Team Rave roster
Jio “Jeyo” Madayag
Mark “Cast” Pilar
Djardel “chrissy” Jicko b. Mampusti
Ryo “ryOyr” Hasegawa
Michael “ninjaboogie” Ross
Invasion e-Sports is a Malaysian multigaming organization. Their Dota 2 squad placed 5th-6th in this year’s Major All Stars tournament and participated in the MLG Pro league and i-League season 3 qualifiers. The team won the TI5 SEA Open Qualifiers.
Trent “sLiCKz” Tucker moved from HoN to Dota 2 and was a part of teams such as Team Immunity and Zephyr. In 2015, sLiCKz decided to move to Malaysia to play for Invasion. Jun “dabeliuteef” Liong Loh attended TI3, while Joel “XtiNcT” Chan Zhan Leong competed in all the last three The International championships.
Jun “dabeliuteef” Liong Loh
Trent “sLiCKz” Tucker
Chee “Ghost” Chong Wong
Ahmad “ADTR” Syazwan bin Anuar
Joel “XtiNcT” Chan Zhan Leong
The International 5
The International 5 will take place August 3rd through 8th at the Key Arena, in Seattle, Washington, the same venue as last year. The Key Arena has a total seating capacity of over 17,000. The total prize-pool has so far reached $9,253,566.
Photo Credits: Mineski