Topias “Topson” Taavitsainen has assembled an International Dream Team that features some of the best Dota 2 stars of all time
Topias “Topson” Taavitsainen, the highly-anticipated addition to Tundra Esports as their new midlaner, recently delighted the Dota 2 community with an exclusive revelation. In an engaging Q&A session held on the Tundra Esports Discord channel, Topson generously shared his vision of the ultimate Dota 2 dream team.
During the session, which was hosted by the affable Jake “SirActionSlacks” Kanner, Topias “Topson” Taavitsainen, the newly recruited midlaner for Tundra Esports, not only shared his vision for a dream Dota 2 team but also indulged in a nostalgic trip down memory lane. When prodded by SirActionSlacks about including legendary past professional players like Clement “Puppey” Ivanov during his prime at The International 2011, Topson seized the opportunity to craft a dream team that combined the best of all eras.
The International Dream Team: Topson Names His Ultimate Quintet
Here are the players Topson picked for his International Dream Team:
Lasse “MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen
Lasse “MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen, the carry of choice for Topson, may have retired last year, but his legacy endures in the hearts of fans who fondly recall his extraordinary mechanical prowess, particularly on heroes like Tinker and Ember Spirit.
"You should never pursue something blindly if you don't enjoy the process of getting there."
— Team Liquid (@TeamLiquid) October 30, 2022
Interestingly, MATUMBAMAN clinched his sole TI title not as a carry but as a midlaner. During The International 2017, he gracefully transitioned from the carry role to the midlane, handing over the carry position to Amer “Miracle-” Al-Barkawi. This strategic move paid dividends as MATUMBAMAN excelled in his new role, playing a pivotal role in Team Liquid's triumphant journey to the championship.
Topias “Topson” Taavitsainen
Topson relies on himself for the midlane position. The 25-year-old, however, has good reason to do so as he is the first player in Dota 2 history to win two TI titles. He also achieved the unprecedented feat of hoisting the Aegis of Champions in consecutive editions, making him a true pioneer in the competitive Dota 2 landscape.
Back to back!
We’re your The Internationals 2019 champions and double Aegis winners!
— OG (@OGesports) August 25, 2019
This incredible journey began with Topson's pivotal role in OG's remarkable underdog triumph at The International 2018. His extraordinary skill and leadership propelled his team to an unexpected victory, leaving the esports world in awe.
Yet, Topson's tale was far from over. In the subsequent year, he embraced a new challenge with the French giants, leading them to a triumphant title defense. The echoes of his previous successes reverberated as he once again showcased his adaptability and ability to elevate his gameplay to championship levels.
Ivan “MinD_ContRoL” Ivanov
Topson turns to Ivan “MinD_ContRoL” Ivanov for the crucial offlaner role. Ivanov's standing in the Dota 2 community as one of the most exceptional offlaners is beyond dispute. His incredible hero versatility and deep understanding of offlane strategies make him a formidable addition. The Nigma Galaxy man’s mastery of Nature’s Prophet has brought him success at the grandest stage of Dota 2.
During The International 7's Grand Final, MinD_ContRoL delivered a flawless performance on Nature's Prophet in Game 1, leaving Newbee with no choice but to first-ban the hero in the following matches. This strategic move paved the way for Team Liquid to secure a remarkable 3-0 victory, marking the sole instance of a Grand Final clean sweep in TI history.
MinD_ContRoL’s quest for a bid for a second TI title, however, was thwarted by none other than Topson two years later
In a Grand Final battle between Team Liquid and OG in The International 2019, Topson's unorthodox choice of a Diffusal Blade for Gyrocopter proved to be a game-changer as it effectively nullified Mind_Control's Omniknight. This strategic move ultimately led to OG's 3-1 series triumph.
Jesse “JerAx” Vainikka
For the soft support of his International dream team, Topson keeps faith on his former OG teammate Jesse “JerAx” Vainikka. JerAx and his team defied expectations at every turn to lift the Aegis at the International 2018. Despite a tense battle to secure a spot in the upper bracket, they sailed through to the Grand Finals, where they clinched a remarkable 3-2 victory over the formidable PSG.LGD. JerAx's standout support plays, notably his exceptional performances on Io and Earthshaker in the Grand Finals, earned him widespread acclaim.
JerAx's exceptional support prowess came to the forefront once more, playing a pivotal role in OG's successful defense of their TI crown in the year 2019. His highlight in the tournament was undeniably his performance on Tiny, a hero that would go on to define their path to victory in the Grand Finals.
With their triumph in 2019, JerAx became one of the first individuals to achieve the remarkable feat of winning The International twice. His legacy as a support player reached new heights, solidifying his place in the pantheon of Dota 2 legends.
Johan “n0tail” Sundstein
Completing the puzzle of Topson's International dream team is none other than Johan “n0tail” Sundstein, the stalwart presence that brings an air of unwavering stability to this elite squad.
n0tail's inclusion as the hard support is not without reason. He has, after all, played a pivotal role in both of OG's historic TI triumphs, displaying exceptional versatility and unwavering dedication in his position. His ability to adapt to the ever-evolving meta and provide impeccable support for his team's success is a hallmark of his Dota 2 career.
In their TI victories, n0tail showcased the invaluable qualities that make him the go-to choice for Topson's dream team: impeccable map awareness, clutch decision-making, and the uncanny ability to turn the tide of a game with game-changing plays.