With TI10 happening in less than a month from now, we take a look at the teams competing for Dota 2’s biggest event of the year. In this piece, we take a closer look at Elephant, a roster filled with China’s best veterans looking for their first Aegis at TI10.
Elephant at TI10 – can fy and Somnus finally get their Aegis?
- Zhang “Eurus” Chengjun (position 1)
- Lu “Somnus丶M” Yao (mid-laner)
- Zhou “Yang” Haiyang (off-laner)
- Xu “fy” Linsen (soft support)
- Xie “Super” Junhao (hard support)
Chinese Dota 2 fans will remember TI8 and TI9 as the years where PSG.LGD, despite being recognized as the best, failed to earn an Aegis of Champions. In both iterations, there was fy, widely considered to be one of the best Dota 2 players in the world at that time. This time around, fy and Somnus, both from PSG.LGD, are looking to get their revenge under a new banner, coupled with three other veterans from Vici Gaming.
Their journey through the Chinese DPC seasons have been sort of disappointing, owing to the fact that they failed to make it to the top three in both iterations. That said, it would be wrong to count them out of the competition entirely, as Elephant has a roster that’s capable of upsets against some of the most prestigious teams in the world.
While their ticket to TI10 may have been punched through the Chinese Qualifier instead of direct invites, this has nothing to do with how they will stack up against other top-tiered teams. In a sense, one can think of them as the OG of China, a sleeping powerhouse that will eventually make its mark. How impactful this mark will be is another question in and of itself, and despite their veterancy, Elephant’s players still have a journey ahead of them if they want to snag the Aegis at TI10.
The International 10 will run from October 7 to 17. Stay tuned for our coverage of Dota 2’s biggest event of the year.