Qualified Southeast Asian Teams – TI 12 Region Analysis

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Qualified Southeast Asian Teams – TI 12 Region Analysis

A thorough analysis of the Southeast Asian teams that have qualified as representatives for the SEA region for the Internationals 2023

The Southeast Asia (SEA) region, with its tapestry of diverse cultures and backgrounds, has left an indelible mark on The International‘s illustrious past. While initially viewed as underdogs in the larger Dota 2 arena, SEA has consistently demonstrated an indomitable will to win. 

Region Analysis – Southeast Asia

Qualified Southeast Asian Teams - TI 12 Region Analysis

Not only have notable teams such as Mineski, TNC Predator, and Fnatic represented the region, but they have also etched moments of brilliance on the biggest stages. Recall TNC Predator's historic victory over the heavily favored OG at TI6 a moment that reverberated globally and signified SEA's indisputable prowess. As a result of their raw talent and indomitable will, players from the region are now integral members of teams all over the world.

The resounding chants supporting these teams at TI venues are evidence of the region's unwavering support, as their fanbases are both large and passionate. In addition, as Dota 2 continues to evolve, the Southeast Asian (SEA) scene has attracted international players and coaches, reflecting its growing prominence. Their journey in The International is not simply one of participation; rather, it is a tale of constant evolution, tenacity, and the unrelenting pursuit of excellence.

Qualified Southeast Asian Teams for TI 12

Let's take a concise look at the Southeast Asian 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 Southeast Asian lineup for TI 12 includes Talon Esports and Team SMG

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Talon Esports: 

Qualified Southeast Asian Teams - TI 12 Region Analysis

In the previous Dota 2 Pro Circuit (DPC) season, Talon Esports from Southeast Asia (SEA) unexpectedly excelled. With a roster that included renowned players such as Kim “Gabbi” Santos and Damien “kpii” Sau-jing, and Tal “Fly” Aizik as captain, they entered the scene with high hopes. Despite early difficulties, they finished fifth in the Lower Division's first tour of the 2021/22 DPC. They reworked their roster and qualified for The International 2022 (TI11), becoming one of the top three SEA qualifiers.

As a new season approaches, Talon aims higher. They have welcomed Anucha “Jabz” Jirawong, a major winner, and Chan “Oli” Chon Kien, who recently completed a successful stint in China. In an interview with AFK Gaming, the team's leadership and star player Nuengnara “23savage” Teeramahanon revealed their goals. Contrary to common practice, Talon unveiled their new Dota 2 roster before the roster lock deadline. 

Do-hoon, Chief Gaming Officer, recruited Jabz and Oli due to their leadership prowess after recognizing leadership deficiencies from the previous season. Jabz, who previously played for Fnatic and Mineski, and Oli, whose vocal gameplay has been honed internationally, are regarded as indispensable assets. 23savage believes that their incorporation will mitigate the SEA's communication difficulties resulting from its solo-play culture, thereby positioning Talon for regional dominance.

Current Roster:

  • Nuengnara “23savage” Teeramahanon
  • Rafli “Mikoto” Fathur Rahman
  • Anucha “Jabz” Jirawong
  • Worawit “Q” Mekchai
  • Chan “Oli” Chon Kien

  • Lee “SunBhie” Jeong-jae (Coach)

Player to Watch:

  • Nuengnara “23savage” Teeramahanon

Team SMG:

Qualified Southeast Asian Teams - TI 12 Region Analysis

Team SMG qualified for The International 12 (TI12) by claiming victory in the Southeast Asia qualifier. The acquisition of Volodymyr “No[o]ne” Minenko, formerly of Virtus Pro and captained by Yeik “MidOne” Nai Zheng, was pivotal to the team's success.

 MidOne, who was instrumental in recruiting No[o]ne, shifted from midlane to safelane after the entry of the new player. Given Nobody's lack of experience outside of Eastern Europe, this move was unexpected. Although SMG's path to The International 12 was hampered by subpar performances in the DPC SEA leagues and multiple roster changes, the addition of the Ukrainian major champion revitalized the team. 

Despite their victories over teams such as Execration and Geek Fam, MidOne emphasized the need for improved communication and expressed enthusiasm for future LAN competitions. SMG, with their renewed vigor, is now Southeast Asia's representative at TI12, alongside Talon.

Current Roster:

  • Yeik “MidOne” Nai Zheng
  • Volodymyr “No[o]ne-“ Minenko
  • Natthaphon “Masaros” Ouanphakdee
  • Tue “ah fu” Soon Chuan
  • Jaunuel “Jaunuel” Arcilla

  • Andrii “ALWAYSWANNAFLY” Bondarenko (Former Coach, Left in July)

Player to Watch:

  • Yeik “MidOne” Nai Zheng

Battling For The International 2023 Title

The hopes of their region rest heavily on the shoulders of the Southeast Asian teams as they prepare to enter the crucible of TI 12. The legacy of Southeast Asia in Dota 2, coupled with the skill and determination of these teams, makes them formidable title contenders. 

Fans eagerly anticipate the titanic clashes and unforgettable moments that only The International can deliver. As the tournament progresses, the Dota 2 community will be closely observing, with the hope that Southeast Asia will claim the Aegis of Champions and bring glory to their region. 



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