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Infamous will be the lone South American representative at Dota 2‘s The International 2019 (TI9). The last of the first three regions to finish up The International 2019 qualifiers, the South American squad Infamous has emerged as the best team in the region and has secured their own slot for TI9 in Shanghai. With a record of 14-3 across the SA Qualifier, they have to be feeling pretty good about their performance. In just a few weeks, we’ll know how well they will stack up on the biggest stage of Dota 2.
After leading the group stage at 6-1, Infamous looked like the team to beat heading into the playoffs. In the end, it took them four series to make it through, but they were successful in their bid to attend TI9. They faced EgoBoys twice, beating them 2-0 both in the upper bracket and then in the lower bracket.
Infamous managed to avenge their loss to the Brazilian powerhouse team, paiN Gaming, during the grand finals with a 3-0 score. It was paiN who tried to throw a wrench in Infamous’ journey. In both the series, the games were a back-and-forth, with each team taking the net worth lead at some point.
It was a rough start for paiN Gaming in game one, as their mid-lane Ember Spirit made some questionable jumps into the enemy team. Each time Ember Spirit tried to make a play, Steven “Stinger” Vargas’s Grimstroke would be in a position to cast Phantom’s Embrace. This basically forced the Radiant mid-laner to address the Phantom attacking him or pay the damage penalty after five seconds had passed. This and more made paiN Gaming have a terrible first game, but they faced even more problems in game two. Infamous chose Grimstroke again, and thanks to the hero’s continuous casting of Ink Swell on Bristleback, Infamous managed to easily pick off key Radiant heroes for the eventual win.
The final game ended when both teams met at the middle lane. There, Elvis “Scofield” Peña was able to make a clutch play. He saved his Chaos Knight carry by casting Spiked Carapace right when the enemy Sven’s Storm Hammer hit to stun the other team. With paiN down a few heroes, Infamous charged in the Dire base and finished the series. Ultimately, Infamous seemed to have better decision making in their series against paiN Gaming, underlining the importance of communication. They took all three games in the grand finals. Overall, the SA qualifier had games as volatile as the region’s roster have been this year.
— Infamous Gaming (@Infamous_GG) July 11, 2019
Recalling what happened just before the TI9 qualifiers began
Infamous’ road to TI9 has not been without hiccups. Their previous Dota 2 squad, which consisted of European players like Dominik “Black” Reitmeier, disbanded on June 27 after a bad run at the recent Epicenter major. After their disappointing exit there, the organization decided to look for new players. However, before the departure of almost all of the players of Infamous Gaming for unknown reasons, the team decided to hire the former ‘Team Anvorgesa’, who performed well during the Starladder Season 2 Minor.
It is the second time that a Peruvian team has qualified for the DotA 2 International tournament. In 2017, the same Infamous Gaming managed to gain access to the competition. However, it happened then due to the participation of the players Benjaz, Timado, Kingteka, Matthew, and Accel. It should be noted that the current Peruvian squad had been participating in the esports scene under the name of ‘Team Anvorgesa.’
Infamous’s TI9 bound line-up now consists of the following players:
- Hector “K1” Rodriguez
- Jean Pierre “Chris Brown” Gonzales
- Adrian “Wisper” Dobles
- Elvis “Scofield” Peña
- Steven “Stinger” Vargas
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This is Chandan Padhi. An avid esports fanatic. Gaming is a passion, writing is a hobby.
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