Oct 12, 2022
Oct 12, 2022

The International 11 - Power Rankings

How are The International teams ranked?

Can Tier B teams make any impact at The International?

How will the Tier A teams do at The International?

Which teams make up Tier S?

The International 11 - Power Rankings

Dota 2 expert Ben "Noxville" Steenhuisen is gearing up for The International 11 and so are we! “Noxville” has taken a look at the teams entering the competition for us, and has ranked them from Tier D to the top of the board with his Tier S teams. Read on to see where each team ranks!

Every year, when big LAN events come around, significant and continuous metagame shifts occur and this often leads to big shuffles in power. The International is already a unique beast – the last time the pre-event favourite won it was back in 2013 – and this year’s event will be the longest one ever with the most time to adapt.

This rewards teams who are lucky enough to be metagame leaders and/or those teams who are able to adapt fast.

Let’s have a quick look to rank these teams. First, let’s have a look at the Last Chance Qualifiers. Two of the following eight teams, that at the time of writing still have a chance, will advance to the group stage. These are the tiers I expect them to slot in should they qualify.

    • Vitrus.Pro: B
    • Team Liquid: B
    • Team Secret: B
    • Xtreme Gaming: C
    • Vici Gaming: C
    • T1: C
    • NAVI: C
    • Wildcard Gaming: D

Now, let us look at the already-qualified teams. There’s no particular ordering within each tier, except Tier S, which will be numbered. I’ll mostly focus on the teams’ LAN results (since that’s what we expect to matter the most at The International 11) but there may be scatterings of DPC results here and there included below.

Tier D

It feels almost disappointing to see Soniqs in this tier. Their struggle within North America against TSM and Evil Geniuses was always cracking to watch, but their only international LAN event of the season, the PGL Arlington Major, was a flop.

Hokori surprised many fans by qualifying for TI11 after being relegated from South America’s Division I. Some SA fans and insiders did hype them up coming into the Regional Qualifiers; however, they were fortunate to get an easy win in the lower bracket finals after their opposition, Tempest, had internet connection issues. This was followed by a clean 3-0 win over Infamous in the grand final. What hurts their chances the most for The International 11 is their lack of international LAN experience as a team.

Tier C

Fnatic were part of the DPC points debacle of 2021/2022. They went into the final DPC event of the year believing a top-eight finish would secure them a TI slot but fell one match short. Divine intervention ensued and they were suddenly in TI11. Their results from the year have been mixed; however, they managed a fourth-place finish at ESL One Malaysia with a 2-0 win over BOOM Esports, and a 2-1 win over Entity.

Talon Esports had a grind of a year – starting Tour 1 in Division II and ending Tour 3 as the second-placed team in the region. The PGL Arlington Major wasn’t great for them (they finished 13-14th), and neither was ESL One Malaysia (where they finished 9-10th) but with Fnatic qualifying directly on DPC points, it opened up an opportunity for them to snag the Regional Qualifiers place.

For the first half of the season, Gaimin Gladiators (briefly “Team Tickles”) were a hot commodity. After the ESL One Stockholm Major, they were at 1130 DPC points – enough points to be close to getting qualified for TI, but turned off the ignition. In the time since they’ve had middling DPC and non-DPC results and I’ve not seen them play great Dota 2 in nearly five months which is why I am putting them in this tier. If they bring their old confidence and skills to Singapore, then they could move up a lot.

Tier B

BetBoom Team are the grinders of Eastern Europe, playing in the DPC but also extensively in other non-DPC online leagues. Despite a top-eight finish at the ESL One Stockholm Major, they were unable to break into the three-way deadlock between NAVI, Team Spirit, and Outsiders on the DPC Tour 3, and hence were blocked from an invite to the PGL Arlington Major. They took revenge on Outsiders and NAVI by ultimately winning the Eastern European Qualifier slot and have shown potential in LAN events, albeit LAN events without any Chinese teams!

You could make a great argument for Evil Geniuses to go in any tier from A to D – so perhaps it is almost a sign of insanity that I’m putting them in B after their LAN results this season. At ESL One Stockholm, they nearly set an any% airport speed run with a 2-10 game result, winning a single game against beastcoast and BOOM Esports.

The PGL Arlington Major was better: they ended 6-8 in group stage games (upper bracket was just one game out of reach), and lost to Entity in the lower bracket – a team who are looking excellent. Their individual experience will be invaluable at an event like TI11, but it all depends on if they’re all firing in a synchronised fashion.

Thunder Awaken and beastcoast have similar stories – both are South American teams, both surprised many with a top-six finish at ESL One Stockholm, and both went into the PGL Arlington Major relatively safely positioned for TI11. beastcoast have the edge though – they made another lower bracket run by beating Fnatic and Outsiders at the PGL Arlington Major, securing another top-six finish, although their group stage performance was sloppy.

Tier A

Royal Never Give Up needed a top-eight finish at the PGL Arlington Major to qualify directly but fell short. However, they were playing with a stand-in (Anathan "ana" Pham, now playing for T1), so many felt their run through the Regional Qualifiers would be bland and uneventful. Overall, they have earned consistently decent results in a tough region and against international opponents (at Riyadh Masters 2022, for example, they drew their match against OG and took a game off Team Spirit).

TSM were one of the first teams to secure a TI11 slot via DPC points, and have mostly taken their foot off the gas since. They were runners-up at ESL One Stockholm – after coming into the grand final via the upper bracket, they were swiftly met with an OG tidal wave (remember that this is the team they had sent into the lower bracket earlier in the tournament). OG looked unstoppable and won their sixth series in a row to take the title. TSM went on to have middling results in their remaining events of the year, but given the timing of their downturn, it seems intentional that they’ve been keeping a low profile – they are brooding until TI11 comes around.

I was very excited to see BOOM Esports on their journey into ESL One Stockholm, but their group stage performance seemed lethargic (perhaps related to their late arrival at the event) and then the playoffs were a disaster as they got paired against OG in the first lower bracket round. The PGL Arlington Major was better for them: they had a fine group stage (draws against Tundra, Aster, Team Spirit among other results), but were then paired against PSG.LGD in the playoffs. They lost that match and were sent to the lower bracket.

They beat Team Liquid in the lower bracket but then lost to Entity in an elimination match. Provided BOOM Esports converts games against their easier opponents into wins, I expect them to stay in the middle of the table and then position themselves with a chance to do well in the playoffs.

During the TI10 Regional Qualifiers, many fans and analysts were upset that Tundra missed out, possibly to the point where the current Last Chance Qualifier is almost a dedication to them. After TI10 ended, Tundra immediately set out to dominate, and until mid-July 2022, that’s what they did with 10 concurrent top-four finishes in various DPC and non-DPC events.

Then came two black marks: at the Riyadh Masters 2022, they failed to get out of the group stage (although it was a very strong group featuring PSG.LGD, Team Spirit, and a newly revitalised Team Secret); and at the PGL Arlington Major, they went 4-10 in the group stage and were eliminated. Their sustained excellence does count for a lot, but their recent lack of form is the only reason I’m not pushing them into the S tier.

Tier S

These top teams really need the least individual justification for inclusion in this tier. They’ve all done exceptionally well at the majors and/or recent LAN events, to the point where their experience against each other in high-pressure games will likely be invaluable in the later stages of TI11. Unless they end up eliminating each other early on, it would be surprising (or in some cases shocking) for some of them to not place in the top eight.

      1. Entity (Sixth at PGL Arlington Major, 5th-6th at ESL One Malaysia)
      2. Team Aster (Third at PGL Arlington Major, second at ESL One Malaysia)
      3. OG (First at ESL One Stockholm Major, fourth at PGL Arlington Major, first at ESL One Malaysia, third at Riyadh Masters)
      4. Team Spirit (First at PGL Arlington Major, second at Riyadh Masters)
      5. PSG.LGD (Second at PGL Arlington Major, first at Riyadh Masters)

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Ben “Noxville” Steenhuisen

Ben is THE expert in DOTA stats, founding datdota and working as a software architect for an esports data provider. Noxville can often be found at the biggest events in the DOTA esports scene and continues to be fanatical about the game.

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