With the schedule for The International set and the groups complete, Dota 2 fan and Luckbox community member Riley offers his TI9 fantasy challenge predictions
Always take note of three golden rules below, because the best TI9 fantasy challenge results are subjective to the cards you possess.
Golden Rule 1: Always pick players from teams that plays the most that day. It’s just maths, even players from underwhelming teams will definitely score more points if they played more games than players from top-tier teams.
Golden Rule 2: Card stats matter. Same thing can be said for these as in the above - worse-performing player cards with better stats will score better than high-profile player cards with worse stats.
Golden Rule 3: Some stats are better than others. Way better. Kills, GPM, and Creep Score are the golden standard for carry stats; for mid it would be Kills and for support stats it would be Obs. Wards Placed and Camps Stacked. Runes Grabbed are also good for players that like to roam. Don’t pick cards with unreliable stats like First Blood or Roshan Kills - they’re garbage.
Disclaimer: Since the new Fantasy Challenge system merged Offlane into the Core role, it's almost always better to get 2 Safe Lane players for your Core since Offlane players yields the least amount of points compared to other players.
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TI9 fantasy predictions
Without further delay, on to my TI9 fantasy challenge predictions...
There are more Group A series than Group B during the first day, and the teams that play the most amount of games during that day are Secret, Chaos, Keen, LGD, Liquid, and TNC. For carry, top picks would be Nisha, Ame, Miracle-, and Gabbi. For mid; MidOne, Somnus'M, w33, Armel. For support; YapzOr, Puppey, fy, xNova, GH, KuroKy, and Tims.
Favored lineup: Miracle-, Ame, Armel, Tims, KuroKy.
Thoughts: TNC play longer games (thus more fantasy points), so I favor TNC players.
For this day, Group B have more series, and the teams that play the most are EG, Infamous, Na’Vi, NiP, OG, and VG. For carry, top picks would be Arteezy, Ace, ana, and Paparazi. For mid; SumaiL and Ori. For support; Cr1t-, JerAx, Fade, and Dy.
Favored lineup: ana, Ace, SumaiL, Cr1t-, Dy.
Thoughts: ana is the OG of carrying long games. Dy places a ton of wards.
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Group A has more series again for this day, but this time the teams that play the most are not the powerhouses - Alliance, Chaos, Keen, Mineski, and Newbee. For carry, top picks would be miCKe, vtFaded, and YawaR. For mid; qojqva, Moon, CCnC. For support; Taiga, iNSaNiA, MSS, pieliedie. I left Kaka out because Keen looks like the most uninspired team this TI.
Favored lineup: miCKe, YawaR, Moon, MSS, iNSaNiA.
Thoughts: Even though I have doubts with Mineski, I felt daring without Moon since Tinker got a buff - plus Moon's such an underrated player.
The last day of groups is trickier since this is the day where tiebreakers are done - picking teams that have to undergo tiebreakers are the best idea.
However, with tiebreakers aside, the teams that plays the most this day are VP, RNG, VG, Fnatic, Infamous, and EG. For carries, top picks would be RAMZES666, Monet, Paparazi, and Arteezy. For mid; No[o]ne, Ori, Abed, SumaiL. For support; RodjER, DJ, Solo, Fade, Dy, and Cr1t-.
Fnatic look like a very troubled team at the moment, but I’m taking chances with some of their players because, hey, last time a troubled team ended up playing with their coach, they won a TI. Not that they’re short on the talent department, either. But in case I’m wrong, then just skip them.
Favored lineup: RAMZES666, Monet, Abed, Cr1t-, Solo.
Thoughts: RNG is like a secret version of OG or TNC in terms of game length, but you can always opt for a safer choice. RNG also have a good chance of playing tiebreakers, so LaNm or ahfu can be great if RNG ends up playing in tiebreakers.
Hopefully, these will help with your fantasy challenge predictions. Remember, you can chat with me and other Dota 2 fans in the Luckbox Discord server. Good luck!
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