As much as Dota 2 is a team game, there’s no denying that star players are what separates the good teams from the truly great ones. And, with 16 of the best teams in the world assembled in one tournament, The International 2016 isn’t exactly short on star players.
Below are some of the most exciting players to watch out for at The International 6.
Amer “Miracle-“ al-Barqawi, OG
Of all the mid-laners in the tournament right now, Miracle- arguably remains unmatched. Although his team is composed of star players, Miracle- stands out, not just because of his 9000 MMR (and climbing), but because of his ability to be a constant threat. He’s gone from choosing Juggernaut, to Invoker, and even Axe or Medusa, all of which has been an absolute pain to deal with.
While Miracle- may not play as many as the 10 different mid-lane heroes as he did at the recent Summit 5, he’ll certainly prove to be the most entertaining, if not skilled, mid-laner to keep an eye out for throughout the tournament.
Artour “Arteezy” Babaev, Team Secret
Despite Secret’s lack of relative success over the past few tournaments, there’s no denying that their excellent performance at the recently-concluded StarSeries was because of Arteezy. Arteezy also proved that he was a multi-faceted player in the same tournament, playing extremely well using heroes such as Ursa, Faceless Void, Alchemist and Razer.
With Evil Geniuses winning TI5 just right after he left for Team Secret, Arteezy is a man on a mission at this year’s International.
Dmitry “Ditya Ra” Minenkov, Natus Vincere
As phenomenal of a player as Dendi, it’s clear that this patch belongs to Ditya Ra – Na’Vi’s one-role carry breakout star.
Ditya Ra’s Huskar and Alchemist are especially deadly, boasting a 10.20 KDA and a 1019 GPM, respectively. His Ember Spirit play too shouldn’t be taken lightly. But really, his hero pool wide and he’s able to effectively mold his gameplay to fit any hero he chooses.
Lu “Maybe” Yao, LGD
Maybe has long been considered as a phenomenal mid-player and enters TI6 after an excellent showing in the Manila Major that saw him top individual charts for KDA, Kills, GPM, XPM and average last hits, leading his team to a 4th place finish despite the lackluster performance of teammate, Aggressif.
With momentum on his side, look to Maybe to carry LGD to a top-spot finish and in the running for the grand prize throughout the tournament.
Other honorable mentions:
Djardel Jicko “DJ” Mampusti (Fnatic), Wong “ChuaN” Hock Chuan (Newbee), Kim “QO” Seon-yeop (MVP.Phoenix)
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Written by Ray Ian Ampoloquio