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Final list of TI7 teams says more about who’s not going than who is

The list of TI7 teams says more about who won't be there than the teams in attendance.
The 18-team field for The International 7 (TI7) does not include many popular and successful teams in Dota 2 history, including last year's finalists.

The 18-team field for The International 7, Dota 2’s biggest tournament of the year, has been set. The list of TI7 teams is perhaps highlighted more by who didn’t make it than the teams that will be attendance, though.

With the qualifiers finished, the 18 teams for TI7 have been finalized. Twelve qualified teams will join OG, Virtus.pro, Evil Geniuses, Team Liquid, Invictus Gaming and Newbee, all of whom received invites. They will be joined by TnC Pro Team, Fnatic and Execration from the Southeast Asian region. From China iG.Vitality, LFY, and LGD Gaming qualified. From Europe, Team Secret and Planet Dog qualified through the European Qualifier, and Team Empire qualified by winning the CIS qualifier. Finally, Team NP and Digital Chaos qualified from the North American qualifier, and Infamous qualified by winning the South American qualifier.

But the more intriguing list consists of the teams and players who failed to make it to the event, which takes place Aug. 7-12 at Key Arena in Seattle. All five players from last year’s champion, Wings Gaming, failed to qualify. They left the organization amid controversy a few months ago and split up among three teams, all of which failed to qualify. The players from las year’s runner up, Digital Chaos, will also not be in attendance as they split up, making this the first time none of the finalists from the previous year’s International will return to the competition.

Natus Vincere also missed TI7, which will mark the first time in the seven year history of the event that Na’Vi will not be there. Na’Vi has been one of the more powerful teams in Dota 2, with a championship in 2011 and was runner-up finishes in 2012 and 2013. Na’Vi is also the home of Danil “Dendi” Ishutin, one of the best and most popular players in the world.

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