Today I woke up to quite the interesting piece of news – the Dota 2 betting website Blinkpool.com now has a team. I was wondering who that team might be? What teams were left unsponsored with TI8 just around the corner? The new team is none other than Misery’s “5 Dogs”.
Misery was recently kicked from EG and has formed a new team with a mixture of old and new teammates (see below for full roster). However, to make it to TI8, they will first have to battle it out through the open and regional qualifiers. With 4 available slots for the regional qualifiers, the open qualifiers should be a breeze. However, with only 1 slot at TI8 available to EU teams, getting to TI8 will be more of a stretch. Especially when you consider OG Esports are in the pool.
Misery had this to say about his chances:
“I’m very pleased to announce our partnership with BlinkPool for the ti8 qualifiers. They will be providing for bootcamp costs and accommodation – and we will be playing under their name during the qualifier. The team and I are confident going in, but know that it will be difficult to go all the way.”
To celebrate the sponsorship, if the BlinkPool team make it to the regional qualifiers, anyone that deposits today will receive a £5 bonus. Signup here
If you have no idea who are the other members of the team, here is a short bio for each player:
1. Madara – The Greek carry player started his professional career playing for London Conspiracy with 4 other Greek players, who later on became known as the Golden Boys after they decided to part ways with the UK organization. Madara’s most successful run was with the team of Ad Finem (again with 4 other Greek players) during The Boston Major, where they lived IRL the Cinderella story, finishing up second, only losing to the best team of this period – OG. Just before he joined 5 Dogs, Madara was playing with KheZu in Mad Lads.
2. Greg (a.k.a. Keyser) – Former teammate of Madara in London Conspiracy and No Logic Gaming, the Greek midlaner is no stranger to the scene. He has played for teams like HellRaisers, Planet Dog, Team World and lately Echo International, but never managed to win anything major with any of them up to this moment. Let’s see if this new roster is the little push he needs in order to enter the hall of fame.
3. KheZu – ex-HoN pro, KheZu had high hopes of switching to Dota 2. Being #3 highest earning HoN player of all time, just behind iNSaNiA and MiCKe, many people were looking forward to his dominance in Dota 2 as well. The German played for teams like No Diggity, Escape Gaming, MidOrFeed and most notably – Team Secret. As mentioned above his latest team was Mad Lads.
4/5. Misery – The man, the myth, the legend himself. Whatever I say for Misery will be just a shadow of his glory. A true Dota legend that earned his respect ever since the Dota 1 days. Missing only The International 2017, Misery is what a true veteran means. His most notable performance so far is second place on The International 2016 with team Digital Chaos.
4/5. Saksa – The best Macedonian Dota 2 player to this date. Saksa has played with Misery in multiple teams and his synergy with the Danish is obvious. Again his best result so far is second place on The International 2016 with team Digital Chaos, but this does not match his potential which is yet to be revealed.
*Player images taken from https://liquipedia.net/