Forward Gaming has won the North American regional qualifier for the International 9 and with that, the final spot for the biggest Dota 2 tournament in the year.
J. Storm saw early success with Roman “Resolut1on” Fominok’s Juggernaut carrying the team into an early 1-0 lead. However, Forward Gaming stepped up its game and completely dominated J. Storm for the remainder of the series.
Forward Gaming completely shut down J.Storm, not even letting them reach five hero kills for the next two games. It was probably the most one-sided grand finals out of all the other regional qualifiers.
The final game was much the same. Forward Gaming kept outmaneuvering J.Storm with key ward placements and
Forward Gaming’s strong performance comes as no surprise, the squad went 7-0 during the group stage of the qualifiers. They then defeated David “MoonMeander” Tan’s stack (Kookaburra) and Beastcoast, with a 2-0 score each to get to the grand finals.
Forward Gaming’s TI9-bound lineup will consist of the following players:
- Yawar “Yawar” Hassan
- Quinn “CCnC” Callahan
- Jingjun “Sneyking” Wu
- Arif “MSS” Anwar
- Johan “pieliedie” Astrom