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TI9 will welcome four new nationalities to the growing list of 40 total countries represented at the biggest Dota 2 event of the year.
Paul “Redeye” Chaloner tweeted about The International’s global reach yesterday. As Dota 2 nears its 10th anniversary, new blood is still being channeled into the scene.
The five players representing the four new nations at TI9 are as follows:
- Adrian “Wisper” Cespedes Dobles from Bolivia
- Evgeniy “Blizzy” Ree from Kyrgyzstan
- Bakyt “Zayac” Emilzhanov from Kyrgyzstan
- Tommy “Taiga” Le from Norway
- Michał “Nisha” Jankowski from Poland
The new representatives will look to emulate Syed Sumail “SumaiL” Hassan’s success. As the first Pakistani representative at TI, SumaiL managed to win it all with Evil Geniuses at TI5 when he was 16 years old, making him one of the youngest esports millionaires.
China still holds the title for the nation with the most amount of players from a single country. China has remained on top since the first International, but only 18 players will be attending in Shanghai, making it a record low for Chinese representation.
The International 2019 starts on Aug. 15. The finals will take place on Aug. 25 and we’ll see if anybody on this list makes it that far.