The dream is real: Na’Vi vs Alliance at TI9 is now actually possible. The Ukrainian organization that back in 2011 claimed the very first Aegis of Champions, are now finally back on The International stage.
Na’Vi took down Winstrike with a clean 3-0 sweep in the TI9 CIS regional qualifiers grand finals and will have the chance to bring back one of the most iconic Dota 2 rivalries. Alliance were first to secure their spot, via Dota Pro Circuit points. Na’Vi on the other hand, had to take the long road of regional qualifiers where they struggled with drafts and execution and barely made it in the top 4 to reach the playoffs. They started on the wrong foot in the playoffs as well, losing 1-2 to Vega Squadron yesterday.
However, the first series in the lower bracket was the wakeup call as they eliminated both Team
Empire and Vega Squadron to join Winstrike in the best-of-five grand finals. Na’Vi’s Vladislav “Crystallize” Krystanek had two perfect games where he didn’t die a single time in the final act. In the first game of the series, he got to play Naga Siren, on which he went with Manta-Diffusal and was a part of all the early pushes and team fights to secure a fast and clean win. Game two was another display of force, but with Sven in the front lines. Winstrike came back strong in game three and kept the team in black and yellow under control for the first 30 minutes, but a successful team fight and a Rohan kill helped Na’Vi punish Winstrike’s aggressive stance and turn the game on its head.
It’s been three years straight since both Na’Vi and Alliance qualified for The International. The wait is over for both of these teams and for all their fans. The International 2019 will take place in Shanghai, China from 15th to 25th of August, with 16 teams fighting for a prize pool that’s now over $26,000,000 and still growing courtesy of the Dota 2 community. So far, the regional qualifiers are done and dusted only in two regions. Mineski claimed the SEA qualifier ticket earlier today while Na’Vi took the CIS slot.
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