Weekly Recap: TI7 Host and Talents, Cloud9 Returns, Approved Visas

While there’s been little competitive action this past week, there’ve been a number of big announcements, from the new TI7 host and a slightly controversial list of talents, the introduction of the TI7 secret shop and its subsequent closure just two days later, as well as so much more.

Below, we present to you all that happened in the Dota 2 scene this past week.

Sean ‘Day[9]’ Plott Announced As TI7 Host

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Earlier this week, Valve announced that Sean ‘Day[9]’ Plott will be the TI7 host.

Day9 may be relatively new to the Dota 2 competitive scene, but make no mistake, he is no neophyte.

He’s a veteran of the Esports industry and is a former professional StarCraft player who has gone on to represent the United States in the World Cyber Games in 2004, 2005 and 2006.

Day9 is also widely regarded as one of the first content creators in the industry, having already started way back in 2009. He has not stopped since and continues to produce quality content on a regular basis.

The host of his very own Day9TVDay9 has been, through the years, a caster, host and analyst.

Blizzard recently hired him to do the card reveal of the newest Hearthstone expansion, ‘Journey to Un’Goro” and was also the host of the PC Gaming Show at E3.

When you consider Day9’s wealth of experience in the Esports industry, Valve’s decision to name him as the TI7 host was definitely sound.

Slightly Controversial TI Talent Pool

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In addition to announcing the TI7 host, Valve also announced the new talents who will debut at The International 7.

Chief among them are TI3 Champions with Alliance, Joakin ‘Akke’ Akterhall and Henrik ‘AdmiralBulldog’ Ahnberg; TI5 Champion with Evil Geniuses, Peter ‘ppd’ Dager; Natus Vincere carry player, Pers Anders Olsson ‘Pajkatt’ Lille; Team Freedom midlaner, Quinn ‘CC&C’ Callahan.

While TI7 will see a number of fresh faces, the inclusion of former players with little previous talent experience seems to have ruffled a lot of feathers.

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In particular, statistician, host and analyst, Alan ‘Nahaz’ Beste, voiced his concerns via Twitlonger.

Among the many things he pointed out is the fact that Valve’s recent decision shows that they value former players over individuals who actually do talent work for a living.

Nahaz’s post eventually made its way to Reddit, where it garnered the usual troll comments and negativity. A couple of known talents such as Purge and former TI caster, Aaron ‘Ayesee’ Chambers, shared their thoughts as well.

ODPixel Channels His Inner Eminem

Owen ‘ODPixel’ David proves once again at DreamLeague Season 7 that no one can cast a game quite like he can.

In Game 1 of the Grand Finals of the tournament, ODPixel went absolutely ballistic as he tried to keep up with Aliwi ‘w33’ Omar’s Timbersaw after he went up against the entire Team Liquid team on his own and lived to tell the tale about it.

Expect to see more of this from ODPixel at The International 7, which will kick off in less than two weeks.

Unfortunately, we can’t say the same for w33, whose team, Planet Odd, will miss TI after failing to secure a slot via the NA qualifiers.

Team Liquid Secures Two Consecutive Title Defenses

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With a successful title defence at Moscow and a TI7 invite secured, most teams would’ve probably rested on their laurels already. Team Liquid, however, is not most teams.

Team Liquid secured yet another title defence at DreamLeague Season 7 after roaring back from a 2-0 deficit against Planet Odd in the Grand Finals of the tournament.

Known as one of the best early-game teams in Dota 2, Team Liquid took Games 3 and 5 in less than 30 minutes. Although, they showed that they were just as comfortable winning late in Game 4, which lasted nearly an hour.

So far, Team Liquid has had two LAN title wins since June, which should give them a lot of confidence in themselves heading into The International 7.

Recap: Day 1 | Day 2

Reddit Shuts Down The TI7 Secret Shop

Note to any major corporation looking to blindside their consumers – do not underestimate the power of Reddit.

Valve knows this all too well after they were forced to close the recently opened TI7 secret shop amidst numerous complaints posted on the website. Not that they had no right to complain, though, especially since the shipping costs often ended up being higher than the price of the items themselves.

There’s no word yet as to when the TI7 secret shop will open as the studio hasn’t posted an updated after announcing that they would try to “figure out how to better handle global distribution” first.

Cloud9 Returns To Dota 2

After remaining relatively mum since their roster disbanded in May, Cloud9 finally makes a move ahead of The International 7.

Team NP, a team comprised of former members of the organisation, will now be playing as Cloud9 at TI7.

There’s no word yet as to what this move means for the Team NP brand going forward.

For more information, click here.

Hellraisers Pick up Planet Dog

Speaking of picking up teams, Hellraisers finally makes a return to the Dota 2 scene. Although the CIS organisation doesn’t exactly have a history of success in Dota 2, picking up the TI-bound Planet Dog puts them on the right track.

Now, all that remains is for the organisation to wait and see if their recent investment will pan out.

Click here for more information.

ELEAGUE Branches Out To Dota 2

After experiencing much success with their recent ventures with CS:GO, Overwatch and Street Fight, it seems that Turner’s professional Esports league is now ready to tackle Valve’s premiere MOBA.

ELEAGUE is set to air a four-part series on The International on TBS starting on August 4th; hosting it will be none other than Richard Lewis.

A week prior to the four-part series, TBS will also air Valve’s documentary ‘Free to Play’ as an introduction of sorts to their newer audiences.

You can find the official press release here.

Visas Secured and Good To Go

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Initial concerns about TI-bound teams encountering possible Visa complications may have been a bit overblown.

LFY,a both of Invictus Gaming’s squads, and the Filipino teams, Execration and TNC Pro Team, as well as South America’s Team Infamous recently announced that their visas were approved.

Now, all that remains are Hellraisers and Team Empire and all 18 TI-bound teams will be good to go.

Other Noteworthy News

  • TI3 winner, Gustav ‘s4’ Magnusson, who currently plays for Team OG finally talks on cam. Watch it here.
  • The International Down-Low: Team Liquid.
  • Execration and Mineski recently qualified for the WCA LAN finals via the SEA qualifiers.
  • PSA: You only have until July 25th to submit entries for this year’s Short Film Content. Don’t forget to vote!
  • The TI7 Prize Pool just eclipsed the $22 million mark.

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