There are a lot of new names to get used to in the North American Dota 2 scene in the wake of TI5, be it new players or newly formed teams. But in almost every new squad on the block you’ll find some of NA’s most accomplished players, such as Fluffnstuff and Jeyo of Team Fire, who secured their trip to ESL One at New York Super Week by being triumphant in the wild North American qualifiers.
In a qualifier bracket filled with the new teams including the likes of Demon, Aui_2000, 1437, Wagamama and swindle, Team Fire put in some commanding performances to set themselves apart from the rest of the pack. Directly invited into the quarterfinals, they brushed aside Root Gaming, Digital Chaos and Complexity Gaming in the grand finals, only dropping a single game to DC on the way to the guaranteed slot at the Madison Square Garden Theater, where two of their players will make their second ESL One appearance.
The former Sneaky Nyx Assassins squad, which was rebranded to Team Fire at the end of 2014, only has two players left over from their ESL One New York 2014 run - the support duo of Fluffnstuff and `whitebeard. The former seems to be following in pieliedie’s footsteps of playing as a role six support, ending nearly every game with virtually no farm. However, it’s hard to argue with the strategy when it’s clearly working out in the team’s favor. Another thing that could benefit the feisty Americans is the fact that none of the other seven teams have any experience playing against them, which gives them a certain element of surprise. They may be coming in as an underdog, but it would be foolish to underestimate them.
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You can find our other ESL One at New York Super Week team previews below:
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