Qualified North American Teams – TI 12 Region Analysis

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Qualified North American Teams – TI 12 Region Analysis

A thorough analysis of the North American teams that have qualified as representatives for the NA region for the Internationals 2023


In North America, Dota 2‘s competitive landscape has been characterized by a mix of promise and unpredictability. Recent performances at events like the Riyadh Masters have raised concerns, yet North America's history in Dota 2 tells a different story. This analysis delves into the legacy of North American Dota, the successes of its players on the global stage, and the ongoing journey of the region's teams, demonstrating how North American talent often thrives well beyond its borders.

Region Analysis – North America

Qualified North American Teams - TI 12 Region Analysis

North American Dota has carved a legacy characterized by its resilient spirit and moments of brilliance. While it may not consistently dominate the global stage, its historic achievements continue to inspire. Evil Geniuses' crowning moment at The International 5 (TI5) in 2015, led by the venerable Clinton “Fear” Loomis, stands as a testament to North American Dota's potential. This landmark victory catapulted the region into the international limelight, sparking dreams of future triumphs.

Beyond EG's legacy, North America has consistently nurtured gifted players and formidable teams. Sumail “SumaiL” Hassan's remarkable rise to becoming one of the world's youngest TI champions serves as a testament to the region's talent pool. Quincy Crew, boasting stars like Quinn “Quinn” Callahan and Yawar “YawaR” Hassan, embodies North American Dota's unwavering commitment to excellence. As the eagerly anticipated The International 2023 (TI12) draws near, North American Dota relies on its storied legacy for inspiration, determined to overcome challenges and player transitions to script a new chapter in its enduring narrative. The dream of once again raising the coveted Aegis remains vivid in the hearts of North American Dota fans and players alike.

Qualified North American Teams for TI 12

Let's take a concise look at the North American Dota 2 teams participating in The International 2023 (TI 12). We'll delve into their strategies, achievements, and aspirations as they vie for victory on the world stage. The North American lineup for TI 12 includes Shopify Rebellion, TSM and nouns. 

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Shopify Rebellion: 

Qualified North American Teams - TI 12 Region Analysis

Shopify Rebellion's remarkable journey to secure a spot at The International 2023 (TI12) is a testament to their dedication and skill. Accumulating 1170 Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) points, surpassing the 1160-point TI12 qualification threshold, they have firmly established themselves in the competitive Dota 2 scene. Throughout the DPC NA 2023 Division I season, Shopify Rebellion consistently secured top-three placements, showcasing their resilience and commitment to excellence.

Under the leadership of Dota prodigy Abed “Abed” Yusop, Shopify Rebellion now stands on the cusp of making a resounding impact at TI12, with their eyes set on a deep tournament run and the coveted Aegis of Champions. This qualification marks a historic moment for the North American Dota scene, underscoring the team's potential to compete at the highest level on the global stage. As they embark on their TI12 journey, Shopify Rebellion carries not only their aspirations but also the hopes and support of North American Dota fans, adding another chapter to the region's enduring legacy in the world of esports.

Current Roster:

  • Artour ‘Arteezy' Babaev
  • Abed ‘Abed' Yusop
  • Jonáš ‘SabeRLight-‘ Volek
  • Andreas ‘Cr1t-‘ Nielsen
  • Tal ‘Fly' Aizik 
  • Kanishka ‘BuLba‘ Sosale (Coach)

Player to Watch:

  • Abed ‘Abed' Yusop

TSM:

Qualified North American Teams - TI 12 Region Analysis

Team SoloMid, representing North America in Dota 2, has secured its place at The International 12 (TI12) with a commendable accumulation of Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) points during the 2023 season, despite not qualifying for the Bali Major 2023. This achievement highlights their resilience and skill, setting the stage for their upcoming journey on the international Dota 2 stage. As they prepare for TI12, TSM is undergoing significant changes in its roster and leadership, with team captain David “MoonMeander” Tan transitioning into the role of the team's head coach.

TSM's debut year in the Dota 2 competitive scene was marked by a second-place finish at the ESL One Stockholm 2022 Major, showcasing their potential. However, the team faced challenges and placed 17th-20th at The International 2022 (TI11). With this transition in leadership and a renewed focus on performance, TSM aims regain its competitive edge with its new roster.

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Current Roster:

  • Enzo ‘Timando' Gianoli
  • Jonathan ‘Bryle' De Guia
  • Gainullin ‘kasane' Ilyas
  • Matthew ‘Ari' Walker
  • Matthew ‘Whitemon' Filemon 
  • David ‘MoonMeander' Tan Boon Yang (Coach)

Player to Watch:

  • Enzo ‘Timando' Gianoli

nouns:

Qualified North American Teams - TI 12 Region Analysis

Nouns Esports, a newcomer to the North American Dota 2 scene, has made a rapid ascent by securing a spot at The International 12 (TI12) through the regional qualifiers. Owned by the nouns DAO, this journey began when the DAO decided to sign the roster of 4 Zoomers in May 2022, marking their official entry into the competitive Dota 2 circuit. Despite facing strong regional competition from teams like Shopify Rebellion and TSM, Nouns Esports emerged as the third-strongest team in North America during the 2023 Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) season.

Their impressive performance continued in the North American regional qualifier for TI12, where Nouns Esports demonstrated dominance, sweeping B8 with a resounding 3-0 victory in the grand finals. This accomplishment secured their position as one of North America's top contenders, alongside Shopify Rebellion and TSM, promising an exciting display of North American Dota talent on the global stage at TI2.

Current Roster:

  • Héctor ‘K1' Antonio Rodríguez Asto
  • Nicolas ‘Gunnar' Lopez
  • David ‘Moo' Hull
  • Rodrigo ‘Lelis' Santos
  • Luke ‘Yamsun' Wang 
  • Filipe ‘Astini' Astini (Coach)

Player to Watch:

  • Nicolas ‘Gunnar' Lopez

Battling For The International 2023 Title

North American Dota 2 is poised for an exciting presence at The International 2023 (TI12), featuring Shopify Rebellion, TSM, and nouns Esports as representatives. Drawing inspiration from their rich legacy, including Evil Geniuses' iconic TI5 win and standout players like Abed “Abed” Yusop and Quinn “Quinn” Callahan, these teams aim to contribute new chapters to North American Dota's history. Fueled by passionate fan support, North American Dota's legacy lives on, promising intense competition on the grand stage.

Qualified North American Teams – TI 12 Region Analysis
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