ViCi Gaming Reborn is the second Chinese team to qualify for The International 6 main event, after a narrow 3:2 victory over EHOME, in the TI6 Chinese Qualifiers Grand Finals. Qualifying teams VG.R and Wings Gaming will join Newbee and LGD Gaming as the region’s representatives at this year’s International. EHOME will also make the trip to Seattle for the Wild Card series, where they will fight to secure one of the final two spots in the tournament.
EHOME devised solid strategies to throttle VG.R in the Upper Bracket Finals, 2:1.
However, ViCi Gaming Reborn came back when it mattered the most, in the Grand Finals.
Their win against “sister team” ViCi Gaming in the Lower Bracket Finals led to a certain level of jubilation and momentum. They managed to capitalize on that and rout EHOME, 3:2, to secure the region’s second main event spot.
The TI6 Chinese Qualifiers Grand Finals were very evenly matched – a clash of heavyweights, worthy of a final.
Both teams showed great individual talent, paired with tightly girded team play and grit.
ViCi Gaming Reborn* will join OG, Team Liquid, Newbee, MVP.Phoenix, Na’Vi, LGD Gaming, TnC Gaming (first winner of the SEA qualifiers), Evil Geniuses (first winner of the Americas qualifiers), Team Secret (first winner of the European qualifiers), Wings Gaming (first winner of the Chinese qualifiers), Fnatic (second winner from the SEA qualifiers), Alliance (second winner from the European qualifiers), and Digital Chaos (second winner from the Americas Qualifiers) in The International 6 main event, between August 8th – August 13th, at the Key Arena in Seattle, Washington.
*VG.R’s solo mid player, Wang “Nono” Xin, was unable to compete in the TI6 Chinese Qualifiers, due to alleged “family issues”. Tong “mikasa” Junjie – the team’s coach and substitute player – filled in for Nono for the duration of the qualifiers. At the moment, it is still unknown which of the two players will make the cut for VG.R’s roster at TI6.
EHOME will make the trip to Seattle and join the ranks of other TI6 Wild Card contenders: XctN (from Southeast Asia), Escape Gaming (from Europe), and compLexity Gaming (from NA).
TI6 Chinese Qualifiers: IG, VG, CDEC to watch TI6 from the sidelines
Vici Gaming Reborn, TongFu, CDEC Gaming, Wings Gaming, IG, CDEC.Youth, EHOME, and IG.Vitality were the eight teams invited to compete in the TI6 Chinese Qualifiers. They were joined by Open Qualifier teams ViCi Gaming and Newbee.Young.
Wings Gaming, VG.R and EHOME were widely regarded as the favorites from the very beginning, based on their track records leading up to the TI6 Chinese Qualifiers. Nevertheless, many Dota 2 enthusiasts were hoping for Ferrari_430’s IG, CDEC or mightily star-studded VG to create a turn-up for the books and push through to Seattle.
However, the qualifiers appeared to have been set out right from the Round Robin stage, with little to no surprises. TI5 runners-up, CDEC, didn’t even make it into the playoffs, while IG and ViCi Gaming have failed to perform to their full potential.
This will be the first International championship without Luo “Ferrari_430” Feichi. His team, Invictus Gaming, is the only former TI title-holder to be missing the event. Revered players Bai “rOtK” Fan, Xu “BurNIng” Zhilei, Chen “Cty” Tianyu, and Liu “Sylar” Jiajun from ViCi Gaming have also been left on the sidelines and will not be attending this year’s International.
The International is the annual Dota 2 tournament hosted by Valve Corporation. The International made its debut in August 2011, with a total prize pool of $1.6 million.
Last year’s event, The International 5, took place between August 3rd-8th at the KeyArena – a multi-purpose arena in Seattle, Washington, with a maximum capacity of over 17,000. The Dota 2 community contributed with a staggering $16,829,613 to the $1.6 million base prize pool, making the total prize fund of almost $18,429,613 million the largest in esports history. The International titleholder is North-American team Evil Geniuses.
This year’s main event will take place at the KeyArena in Seattle, Washington, between August 8th-13th. All 16 participating teams will advance to the main event and are expected to receive a share of the prize-pool.
The International 6 prize-pool has outpaced The International 5 one from the very beginning. In the first two hours, the Battle Pass sales have enhanced the prize-pool by close to $275,000 – a 38% increase compared to the TI5 sales in the same period of time. The prize-pool broke the $10 million mark on June 5th. As of June 29th, the total TI6 prize-pool is already over $14 million – a $12.4 million contribution (over 777% increase).