Misery Reunites With Saksa to Form Five Dogs for TI8 Qualifiers

Rasmus ‘Misery‘ Filipsen reunites with his former teammate Martin ‘Saksa‘ Sazdov plus three other professional Dota 2 players to form Five Dogs for the TI8 Open Qualifiers.

Misery and Saksa were teammates for more than a year from 2016 to 2017. The two initially played under the Digital Chaos in the leadup to The International 2016. During their time together, the two saw plenty of success. This included a second-place finish at TI6 and a win at ESL One Genting 2017. However, prior to the Kiev Major, Digital Chaos decided to purge the entire roster in favor of a new lineup. This led to the former Digital Chaos squad to reform as Thunderbirds for the Kiev Major and would later get picked up by Planet Odd. 

Unfortunately, despite retaining most of their TI6 lineup —  only David ‘Moo‘ Hull was replaced by two-time Major winner David ‘Moonmeander‘ Tan — Planet Odd would fail to qualify for The International 2017. This broke Misery’s streak of having attended all six TIs then.

Misery Gears Up For The TI8 Qualifiers

In a recent HotCox interview with Ken ‘Hot_Bid‘ Chen and David ‘GoDz‘ Parker following his departure from Evil Geniuses, Misery expressed his desire to create a team from the ground up similar to what Dota 2 veteran Kuro ‘KuroKy‘ Salehi Takhasomi did with Team Liquid. 

Having said that, Misery will have plenty of help as he tries to make that happen while seeking a return to Dota 2’s biggest annual event. In addition to Saksa, Five Dogs will feature the underrated core duo of Omar ‘Madara‘ Dabachach and Grigoris ‘Keyser‘ Kallianiotis. The former was part of the Ad Finem roster that finished in second place at the Boston Major. Meanwhile, Keyser was a key part of the Planet Dog team that came all the way from the Open Qualifiers to qualify for The International 2017. Finally, there’s Maurice ‘KheZu‘ Gutmann, a former member of the Team Secret squad that finished in the Top 12 at The International 2017.

With the departures of Tal ‘Fly‘ Aizik and Gustav ‘s4‘ Magnusson leaving OG to experiment with a largely unproven roster, Misery and the Five Dogs will have a puncher’s chance of nabbing Europe’s spot for The International 2018.

Five Dogs Roster

  • Hard Carry – Omar ‘Madara‘ Dabachach
  • Mid – Grigoris ‘Keyser‘ Kallianiotis
  • Offlane – Maurice ‘KheZu‘ Gutmann
  • Roaming Support – Rasmus ‘Misery‘ Filipsen
  • Hard Support – Martin ‘Saksa‘Sazdov

What do you think of Misery and his newest team? Do they have what it takes to claw their way out of the Open Qualifiers and onto The International 2018? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below. 

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