Power Rank:The time has finally come for the biggest event of the year, and thus the staff of LiquidDota have risen from their slumber to provide you with a top notch power rank. At The International 2016, we will see sixteen of the best teams Dota 2 has to offer battle it out for the largest prize pool in all of esports. Due to historical evidence, this TI should be the year of the East, however the question is whether this will be the first year to break the trend with Western powerhouses such as Liquid and OG in the mix.
The International 2016
This time we sat down and came up with the full ranking as a team, which is different than how we usually do these rankings. We came up with the best ranking we could with the information given to us, and as always we love to hear the opinions of our loyal readers about how wrong we are, so please flame away. With that being said, we at LiquidDota are proud to present The International 2016 Power Rank.
Note: You may notice that there are sixteen teams and that this was released before the Wildcard matches. So yes, we have predicted who will advance from the wildcard to make our full ranking. I guess this ups the stakes a bit.
16. Escape Gaming
15. TnC Gaming
13. Digital Chaos
12. Evil Geniuses
11. Vici Gaming Reborn
10. Team Secret
With the addition of Bulba, Secret have added more space creation to their squad, which has allowed the main cores to play a more comfortable game overall. This improvement showed its results during the last Starladder where Secret showed some great games and came in 2nd place.
With this recent momentum it's hard to believe that Secret will repeat a last place performance much like they did at the Manila Major, however, they have yet to show if this all-star lineup has the ability to compete with the likes of OG, Liquid, Newbee, or Wings. One question that will be on everyone's mind is whether they will get a higher placement with this iteration of their roster than they would have with w33 and Misery? Only time will tell.
8. LGD Gaming
6. Natus Vincere
5. MVP Phoenix
4. Wings Gaming
The Manila Major demonstrates nothing other than the fact that this great team lacked experience, as they have since shown their true strength after defeating both Liquid and OG handily in recent matches. Their performance at Nanyang and DPL were also somewhat promising. To me, Wings at TI6 is an upgraded version of what CDEC was last year. They are newer, younger, and more unpredictable, but most importanty, they are more experienced. With a bit of luck, they will have no trouble climbing to the place we have given them here.
2. Team Liquid
OG got first place at the Manila Major, won ESL Frankfurt and then lost the finals of the Summit against Wings. This is different from Secret’s last year run previous to the TI5 and will most likely prove to be a useful experience for them going into TI6. They may be the strongest team at the moment, but they don’t look unbeatable at all. This can be the key to not bust what should be a great TI for a team that is an Aegis contender.