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The SEA closed regional qualifiers for TI9 have officially started today. Eight teams entered the battle, some are front runners, some have tried a few times before to reach The International stage and some are making their debut in the TI closed regional qualifiers only now.

Stats are deceiving sometimes and any true Dota 2 fan knows that underdog stories happen more often than not. That’s why we won’t give you a “power ranking” kind of preview, but rather we want to hear from you, the most devoted fans, who do you think will go to TI9 via SEA regional qualifiers. We’ve also prepared a giveaway event for you,the details can be found at the end of the article.

Here are the participants:



Following a pretty successful 2017-2018 season where they finished top 5 in the DPC ranking, Mineski placed just 9-12th at TI8. The subpar performance forced a roster overhaul for the next season and a lot of struggles on the road to TI9. They missed the first two rounds of Major and Minor tournaments on the 2018-2019 DPC tour. Their first Major appearance was only in March this year at DreamLeague Season 11, where they finished 9-12th. Another roster change was made after the Sweden Major and despite finishing second at ESL One Mumbai mid-April, a couple of weeks later, Mineski finished once again 9-12th at the MDL Disneyland® Paris Major. It all went from bad to worse for them when they arrived late at the last Minor of the season due to Visa problems and finished the season 18th in the DPC rankings with only 236.8 points gathered.

Mineski roster:

  • Nikolay “Nikobaby” Nikolov
  • Kam “Moon” Boon Seng
  • Damien “kpii” Chok
  • Ryan “Bimbo” Jay Qui
  • Michael “ninjaboogie” Ross


In last year’s The International SEA qualifiers, the Indonesian squad was knocked out in the group stage. However, since then, BOOM ID was on the rise in their region. This season they made it to three Minor tournaments, Mucharest Minor, StarLadder ImbaTV Season 1 Minor and OGA DotaPIT Minor. None of these tournaments propelled them to a Major, but it was the first year when they actually got to travel to international LANs. Ahead of the TI9 regional qualifiers they announced the former NiP coach, Aaron “Clairvoyance” Kim joining them along with Shenal “AB” Daniel who will assist Clairvoyance from an analyst position.

BOOM ID roster:

  • Randy Muhammad “Dreamocel” Sapoetra
  • Rafli Fathur “Mikoto” Rahman
  • Saieful “Fbz” Ilham
  • Tri “Jhocam” Kuncoro
  • Alfi “Khezcute” Nelphyana

Team Jinesbrus

Formed only a few weeks ahead of the open qualifiers for TI9 Team Jinesbrus feature three of the Korean Overlords who were left on the outside at different times this season and the NA mid laner Nico “Gunnar” Lopez. Gunnar’s kick from TEAM TEAM made the headlines and was discussed for weeks. Regarded as a huge injustice, his story was the first to signal the flaws in the DPC rules. His three South Korean teammates have also started the season with different squads. Kim “Febby” Yong-min was released from the Mineski roster in March, after the DreamLeague Season 11 Major, Lee “Forev” Sang-don and Park “March” Tae-won played for J.Storm up until May this year when they were both let go. Team Jinesbrus’s carry player is Nuengnara “23savage” Teeramahanon, a 17-year-old player coming from the Thai organization Alpha Pro team. The five Jinesbrus made it to the closed qualifiers as the first team to advance from opens, and from all the stacks competing this year for the 1 SEA ticket to Shanghai, they definitely have the biggest potential for an upset.

Team Jinesbrus roster:

  • Nuengnara “23savage” Teeramahanon
  • Nico “Gunnar” Lopez
  • Lee “Forev” Sang-don
  • Kim “Febby” Yong-min
  • Park “March” Tae-won

Team Adroit

Team Adroit is a full Filipino stack formed around the more experienced Marvin “Boombacs” Rushton who is also the team captain. Having played for several SEA teams already, and with LAN experience under his belt, Boombacs is surrounded by up and coming Filipino players, most at the very beginning of their competitive career.

Team Adroit roster:

  • John Anthony “Neysidney “ Vargas
  • Mc Nicholson “mac” Villanueva 
  • Jun “Bok” Kanehara
  • Marvin “Boombacs” Rushton
  • Bryle “cml” Alviso

EVOS Esports

Despite being a team coming from open qualifiers, EVOS Esports is in fact, the team with one of the most stable rosters fighting for a ticket to TI9. Their captain, Adit “Aville” Rosenda and their position 4 support, Indra “Vlaicu” Utama are playing on the team since August 2016. EVOS latest addition is the Indonesian star carry Muhammad “inYourdreaM” Rizky, who fought for most of the season in the TNC Tigers jersey. He joined EVOS in March and ever since, EVOS had no other roster changes.  

EVOS Esports roster:

  • Muhammad “inYourdreaM” Rizky
  • Usep “Facehugger” Satiawan
  • Adit “Aville” Rosenda
  • Indra “Vlaicu” Utama
  • Matthew “Whitemon” Filemon

496 Gaming

496 Gaming is the first ever Vietnamese team to fight for a ticket to the most important tournament of the year. They have players sticking together since May 2018 and they also have a mid laner with a bit more competitive experience. Trịnh “458” Văn Thọ played for them since 2017, but ahead of last year’s TI qualifiers he was signed by TNC Tigers. He’s been on and off from the Tigers roster and his venture with them concluded for good when the team fully disbanded a few months ago. During his time with Tigers, 458 got to play under the leadership of Theeban “1437” Siva and alongside Danil “Dendi” Ishutin.

496 Gaming roster:

  • Nguyễn “Xù” Hoàng Lâm
  • Trịnh “458” Văn Thọ
  • Nguyễn “Red” Tiến Phát
  • Nguyễn “Yasy” Châu Lôi
  • Nguyễn “DatBB” Thành Đạt

Team Amplfy

Coming from the second round of open qualifiers, Team Amplfy isn’t exactly a new competitor in the SEA scene. Dota 2 fans might know them from last year when they were going by the Team Admiral name. Their public image got stained when Jimmy “DeMoN” Ho revealed a series of managerial misconducts that took place during his time in the team house. The Team Admiral experience had also weighed in when DeMoN decided to retire from the competitive scene last year. However, Team Admiral merged later on with Clutch Gamers and toge ther are now running under the Team Amplfy tag.

Team Amplfy roster:

  • Abat
  • Karl “Karl”Jayme
  • Ryo “ryOyr” Hasegawa
  • Carlo Chua “BDz” Manalo
  • Jio “Jeyo” Madayag


Resurgence’s line-up was finalized just ahead of the roster lockdown for TI9 qualifiers, however, only two teams got direct invites to the closed qualifiers. Resurgence wasn’t one of them, therefore they had to take the long road via open brackets. They didn’t have a flawless run, in fact, they were the very last team to claim one of the six open qualifiers slots. Despite their struggles through open brackets, Resurgence have on their side the former compLexity gaming offlaner Yang “Deth” Wu Heng and they also have the first ever South African player to fight for a TI ticket.

Resurgence roster:

  • Charl “Welp” Geldenhuys
  • Louie “LJS” LJames
  • Yang “Deth” Wu Heng
  • Ponlo
  • InsidiousC    


These are the final eight SEA teams fighting for the just one slot to The International 2019.

Who Do You Think Will Win the TI9 SEA Regional Qualifier?

Leave your prediction in the comment section of this article (not the Facebook/Twitter post) before the qualifiers conclude. We will randomly choose two users with the correct prediction to give away a 10$ Steam Gift Card! Winners will be announced on the 10th of July, 2019. Our mod Yuhui, will also reply to the winners’ comment and ask for their contact info (email or Facebook url)

Note: After reaching out to you via FB or email, our mod will not ask for your personal info, we will simply congratulate you and send you the redeem code.


Updated on July 10 9pm SGT

The winners for this event have been decided!

Congratulations to “Lashito” and “Joshua Jerick Boy Pacho” on winning our giveaway! Our Mod Yuhui has replied to your comment, please respond with your Facebook URL or email so we can contact you and send you the prize.

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