TI7 SA Qualifier
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After sweeping their matchup against SG e-sports in the Grand Finals of the TI7 SA Qualifier, Infamous is now one of the last teams to secure their spot at The International 2017.

TI7 SA Qualifier Recap

Both SA and CIS regions had arguably the hardest road when it came to securing a slot at The International 2017.

With only just one slot per region, the qualified teams would have to go to through both the group stages and the playoffs to have a shot at what has to be the largest prize pool in eSports history.

Thanks to their surprise run at The Kiev Majors, many had SG e-sports pegged as the heavy favourites to represent SA at TI7. Instead, it was Midas Club Elite, winners of the SA Open Qualifiers, who looked more like the best team in the region by finishing the group stage with a win-loss record of 8-1.

SG e-sports would come in second with a 7-2 win-loss record, while the eventual winners, Infamous, with a similar 7-2 record would come in third.

It was during the playoffs, however, that Infamous would start to assert their dominance.

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Thanks to the all-around excellent play of their 16-year-old carry player, Enzo “Timado” Gianoli, Infamous was able to sweep SG e-sports and Midas Club Elite en route to the Grand Finals of the TI7 SA Qualifier Playoffs. There, they would meet SG e-sports again, who had managed to fight their way throughout the lower brackets.

The Grand Finals featured more of the same from Infamous as they once again swept the series against SG e-sports. They were just more disciplined and composed. They took control of the map and simply looked more like the team with more experience. Surprising, considering that it was SG e-sports who had played and placed high in a Major. Meanwhile, Infamous could only come up with a 7th-8th place finish at Galaxy Battles 2017.

Timado – The Next Dota 2 Prodigy?

Two years ago, Timado posted on Reddit about gaining 1400 MMR in a year.

Now, he has improved so much that his performance throughout the TI7 SA Qualifier drew praise from DOTA 2 fans from all over the world. Timado was consistent and always found a way to wreak havoc in every game.

While it’s still too early to declare Timado as a prodigy, the 16-year-old does have the results to show for the claim.

In particular, his performance in Grand Finals of the TI7 SA Qualifier Playoffs stands out the most.

TI7 SA Qualifier

In Game 1, Timado played Queen of Pain and finished the game with a K/D/A of 10/0/9. Then, in Games 2 and 3, Timado played Viper and finished with a K/D/A of 15/1/9 and 19/3/12 respectively.

Will Timado be the next big thing? Who knows! One thing is for sure, though, Timado and the rest of Infamous will definitely get their chance to make some noise in August.

TI7 Main Qualifier Day 4

Now that the TI7 SA Qualifier is over, we’re now waiting for the result of the TI7 Chinese and NA qualifiers.

Be sure to follow us to keep yourself updated on which two teams will make it out of their respective regions.

For live English coverage of the remaining matches, be sure to follow Moonduck TV and Beyond The Summit.