Invictus Gaming made the most out of their second chance in the lower brackets of the TI8 Chinese Qualifiers to secure their slot at this year’s The International.
Winning the TI8 Chinese Qualifiers comes as good news for a team that failed to qualify for all but one Pro Circuit LAN all season long. Additionally, this marks the seventh time in team history that the former TI2 champions will make it to a TI. The only time that Invictus Gaming missed out on Dota 2’s biggest annual event was back in 2016, where they came up way short in the regional qualifiers.
Invictus Gaming will now join Team Serenity as the two teams to have made it out of the TI8 Chinese Qualifiers.
Invictus Gaming Salvage Season Via TI8 Chinese Qualifiers
With BurNIng going inactive prior to the start of the inaugural Dota Pro Circuit, Invictus Gaming just fell off the radar for most of the year after a top-six finish at The International 2017. However, after months of trial and error, Invictus Gaming now have a chance to salvage everything at The International 2018.
Right now, the contenders-turned-underdogs have a lot of work to do. For one, they still play a tad too slow. They hesitate too much and wait to farm too many key items first before going for a high ground push. While this worked against the teams at the TI8 Chinese Qualifiers, this will not fly against the top teams at TI8. But, with roughly two months to prepare, Invictus Gaming have enough time to shore up their weaknesses and improve their strengths.
Invictus Gaming will also definitely be hoping that Sun ‘Srf‘ Runfa doesn’t let the pressure get to him and plays just well at TI8 as he did at the TI8 Chinese Qualifiers.
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