Veselin Ignatov

Veselin Ignatov

Veselin 'Noiselessx' is an esports expert, mostly focusing on Dota 2, where he has achieved 5800 MMR. Having more than 12 years of Dota 2 experience and playing on multiple tier 2 & 3 teams, he has the needed knowledge to analyze details. His work has been featured on many esports websites. Twitter & Twitch @NoiselesS123

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Dota 2: TI 9’s Fantasy Challenge Picks and Tips

Dota 2 Fantasy Challenge picks and tips
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ESTNN’s Veselin Ignatov walks players through the TI 9 Fantasy Challenge.


The Fantasy Challenge is one of the most interesting things to do every time TI rolls around. Apart from winning extra battle points, players can also see how they stack up against their friends!

Having said that, in order to be competitive, players must know which players to choose from. It’s important to realize that players do not have to select gold or silver cards every time. Even though they provide more points in some cases, it is not really worth it every single time. Of course, there are some bonuses, such as Obs Wards places, for example, which are priceless.

Let’s take a look at which players could be one of the best picks this year.

TI 9 Fantasy Challenge Picks and Tips

The best carry

It is very important to realize that players need to pick those players that have multiple games for the current day. By doing this, they will be able to gain more points than if they blindly pick their favorite player for just because they’re a fan.

When it comes down to core players, one of them definitely stands out – Amer “Miracle-” Al-Barkawi. In fact, he’s probably the best player when it comes to the Fantasy Challenge. For example, last year, he was the most well-performing player in this category.

Of course, there are also many others who can compete here – Roman “RAMZES666” Kushnarev, Zhang “Paparazi灬” Chengjun, Wang “Ame” Chunyu and more. Having said that, it is important that the pick in this category gets kills – more kills equals more points.

The best mid laner

Literally, every single midlaner from the top teams are valid picks here. Again, players should check to see if they’re going to play multiple games for the current day. In terms of picks, Syed Sumail “SumaiL” Hassan, Zeng “Ori” Jiaoyangi, Vladimir “No[o]ne” Minenko, Yeik “MidOne” Nai Zheng and Lu “Somnus丶M” Yaoare all good choices.

The best supports

The best stats to look out for this category are the number of camps stacked and the number of wards placed. This proved to be a very profitable choice last year, so it is very likely to happen again. Having said that, behind every “naked” support, there is a greedy core. So, fans should choose players who have teammates that love to play greedy cores.

When you take this into account, Clement “Puppey” Ivanov and Tal “Fly” Aizik are the best choices. After all, they have some of the greediest cores in their lineup. Also, let’s not forget Ding “Dy” Cong and compatriots on Vici Gaming. After all, the Chinese team has one of the best core players right now.

The best offlaner

One of the most important things in the offlane is to avoid feeding. This used to be a big problem when the triple lane dominated the games, but nowadays, the situation is a little bit different. In fact, some offlane players tend to carry their team a lot, especially if they have a good start.

We personally like Gustav “s4” Magnusson and Ludwig “zai” Wåhlberg a lot because they are amazing players. However, as we mentioned before, players should be sure to see if they’re playing multiple games that day before they lock them in.

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