If you’ve been living under a rock, you have not heard about The International 3 yet. Of course, the die hard Dota2 fans are doing whatever they can to support the tournament – talking about it on forums, letting their friends know through social media websites, and a lot of us are directly helping to add to the growing prize pool by buying the Interactive Compendium. The compendium has two large sections that I am personally a big fan of: the Fantasy League. I haven’t seen many others share their choices for these selections online, so I’d thought I’ll do so and explain why I’ve selected the choices that I did.
they gonna earn me some rares
Your team is comprised of 5 active players and 3 bench players. Within the actual 5 active players, there must be 2 Carries, 1 Solo, and 2 Supports. Each player selected will earn or lose points depending on hero kill death assists (KDA), creep scores (CS), final gold per minutes (GPM) and/or experience. Obviously, for certain roles, some categories mean more than others. For example, creep scores will matter a lot less for a Support player than a Carry player. Knowing that these are the main scoring criteria, some might be tempted to find the best CSer for Carries or the best Assist Supports, but don’t overlook one huge part of scoring: “Points earned during the Main Event will be multiplied by 4. Scoring is done on a day-by-day basis, and covers 7 days of the real tournament“.
What does this mean? The deeper into the tournament that your players go, the more points you’ll earn. It’s great and all to find an exceptional Support player, but if he is part of a team that you think will be knocked out by day 2 of the Main Event, you’ll be force to bench him and lose out on picking him for your team. Obviously, Valve helps out this by having 3 Bench players that allows you to swap your team.
Going to my team, you can see that all 5 of my active player selections are part of teams that has performed well in recent tournament history. Alliance and Navi are self explanatory, and their list of recent accomplishments are enough to convince me to have 3 out of 5 active member slots. I believe that both of these West teams will go deep into the Main Events, thus I feel rather safe by having these players on my active team.
One large part of Valve’s Fantasy League is that it treats all players equally, or in another sense, all players cost the same. In last year’s Fantasy League that Bruno and I worked on, we believed that certain players are worth more since they will earn more points. By taking the costs out of the equation, Valve has made the Fantasy League a lot simpler for players that may not follow the scene as closely to still participate, but at the same time, it has robbed a lot of the complexity out of the equations. You can see that out of the 8 players slots that were available to me, I have one and only one Solo player, Dendi. He is by far the most stats efficient player, and no other Solo Mid/Offlaner even come close. I believe Navi will go deep into the tournament, so I don’t even need a back up Solo player. Orange Esport has been on the rise lately, and although I don’t think they will take the championship, I expect Orange to make a deep run. As for iG… you never count out iG.
This also gave me room to have 4 Support players on my roaster, and to be completely honest, I am not too confident with my Support selections. After roaming in DatDota (Stats website) for a while, I noticed that most Support players have pretty much the same stats. More or less, Support average about 3/3/10 in the KDA ratio. So I thought to myself: what would make my Support selections more effective than other contestant’s Support selections?
While it’s hard to argue on what makes the “best” Visage player, I am fairly convinced that the best Visage player, bar none, is Xtinct from Orange Esports. He has a 78% win rate on Visage, and at one point in the DSL, his Visage KDA was rivaling every carry player’s KDA in the tournament. If all Support players have more or less the same average statistics, I want explosive Support players that can give me huge burst of points if they have a good game. Originally I wanted both Xtinct and Net on my active team, since I believe that Orange has the best supporting duo out of all 17 teams at Seattle, but I decided against it. Diversifying my investment/risks is generally the smarter choice, so I went with another explosive Support player in the form of Invictus Gaming’s Chuan. As of late, iG has not been doing well, and I may bench Chuan depending how iG does in the group in favor of MMY/X!! or Puppey. I was extremely tempted to select Alliance’s EGM instead of Chuan, since he sometimes plays an extremely farmed oriented Support Windrunner (20min Orchid on the 4 role… wut?), and I still somewhat think I should go with EGM instead of Chuan. But what can I say, I am an iG fanboy and I
think hope they will have a bounce back at TI3.
Since I haven’t touched upon the Carry role too much, I went with Loda and Xboct on my active player slot for different reasons. Alliance’s play style centers around Loda quite a bit, in both their hero selection and jungle stacking, and Loda always ends the game with great farm and very little deaths. As for Xboct, his last hitting is probably one of the best in the world, and his KDA puts him above most other carries. Random throws be damned, Xboct is also a Navi member, and that’s like money in the bank. On my Bench, I have Sylar, and I am fairly convinced that he’ll be moved into the active team somewhere in the tournament. Sylar may have worse stats than Loda/Xboct, but he also tore up TI2. I also predict that LGD.cn will go deep in the tournament (I have them as the team that wins it all), so I beleive Sylar will be useful in day 3/4 of the Main Event.
At the time I am writing this post, there’s little less than 3 days left before the Fantasy League closes for selection, so be sure to input your team before that happens! I recommend you doing your own research and select a team that you think is the best (and don’t copy me cuz how I win it all if you copy me? :D). Up next, I want to open up the discussion about the Wildcard slot featuring Quantic from the West and Rattlesnake from the East. I personally have no clue on who will take the bo5 that’s happening on August 2nd, so I am curious on who you guys think will take it.