Top 5 offlaners going to The International 5

Dota 2 Andreea “divushka” Esanu

Third priority on farm does not properly summarize an offlaner's role and mission. The individuals filling this position are often the most skilled solo players, capable of facing trilane pressure without succumbing to it. Patience plays a huge role too, both in early game when they need to balance the experience gain against the risk of getting killed and in late game when their decision making marks the difference between an amazing teamfight initiation or an epic blunder.

The Rankings are based on the following criteria:

1. Individual skill
2. Impact of the player in the team
3. Team accomplishments
4. Performance in high pressure matches

All the stats listed are after 1/1/2015

List of teams participating and their offlaners:

Vici Gaming: iceiceice
Evil Geniuses: Universe
Team Secret: zai
Invictus GamingLuo
Cloud9: bone7
Team Empire: yoky
Fnatic: Ohaiyo
NewBee: June
Virtus.Pro: DkPhobos
Natus Vincere: Funn1k
Vega Squadron: Mag
MVP.Phoenix: March
MVP.Hot6ix: SunBhie
CDEC Gaming: Xz
compLexity Gaming: Moonmeander
Team Archon: MSS

5. Gleb 'Funn1k' Lipatnikov


2nd DreamLeague Season 3
1st joinDOTA MLG Pro League Season 1 (standin for Empire)

After their TI 4 poor performance, Natus Vincere has gone through a rough patch, and things went from bad to worse once Gleb 'Funn1k' Lipatnikov decided to take a break and part ways with the Ukrainian team. But then he returned, and so did Na'Vi, which goes to show how big of part he plays in his team's success.

It’s hard to speak about his personal stats compared with other players for this season due to Na’Vi’s poor showing in tournaments in 2015 but, even so, his performance throughout the European Qualifiers proved once again that he is one of the most consistent offlaners out there. Alongside Dendi, his reliable playstyle and his rotations on the map are what keeps Na’Vi in the game. He hardly loses his lane and his hero pool includes a lot of playmaking ones with huge potential to turn around the teamfights.

He plays a fearless Sand King, one of the most annoying Bounty Hunters, his Broodmother is one of the reasons Na’Vi qualified for The International 5, with Furion he can postpone the game up to the point where Xboct’s insane fountain dives are no longer a problem for his team and nobody wants him to escape from the drafting stage with Clockwerk.

Most Impressive Statistic:
GPM: 636 

4. Chong Xin 'Ohaiyo' Khoo


3rd joinDOTA MLG Pro League Season 2
3rd i-league Season 3

Being part of a team featuring all stars from South East Asia, Chong Xin 'Ohaiyo' Khoo is well known for his aggressive offlane playstyle and the 6.84 metagame suits him as a glove.

There is no doubt that the 3rd place of Orange Esports at TI3 can be attributed to Chong Xin 'Ohaiyo' Khoo who also can be regarded as one of the most impactful players in that specific tournament. Now he is reunited under Fnatic’s banner with his former Orange colleagues who share a fair amount of common history together which translates into great team chemistry.

His hero pool is pretty diverse and when the draft allows, his team tends to create space for him to farm and transition into a more of a carry role, especially on heroes like Bristleback.

Most Impressive Statistic:
70% overall win rate with Fnatic (Team Malaysia)
83% Beastmaster win rate

3. Ludwig 'zai' Wåhlberg


1st The Summit 3
1st MDL
1st ESL One Frankfurt

Ludwig 'zai' Wåhlberg is the youngest player from Team Secret and also one of the youngest contenders for this year’s International title. He had an impressive showing with EG in last year's main event, but since then he changed his team and migrated from a supporting position to the offlane. His change of role did not come as a surprise as he often outfarmed cores and his sense of game translated in amazing initiations that decided the ouctome of many important matches.

He shines with heroes that have a huge farming potential in the offlane, like Broodmother or Darkseer, but he is also an unstoppable force on heroes that require spot on timings and good decision making like Clockwerk and Tuskar.

 The first day of this year’s International’s main event coincides with his 18 years Birth Day and what better gift he could want for himself other than the most wanted trophy? Looking at his team's hievements for this season, there's a good chance he might get it.

Most Impressive Statistic:
Highest kill participation: an incredible 96% in a single game registered few weeks ago at ESL One Frankfurt in a single game

2. Daryl Koh "iceiceice" Pei Xiang


1st StarLadder 12
2nd i-league 3
3rd The Summit 3

Daryl Koh 'iceiceice' Pei Xiang is the pride of Singaporean DotA and although Vici Gaming finished on the second place at TI4, he was not part of the team at that moment. He joined the Chinese organization in the post TI4 shuffle and he helped maintaining his new team on top of the charts due to his amazing versatility.

It is safe to say that his hero pool is so wide that making the bans against him is an almost impossible mission. He is also known for his unorthodox ways and unconventional builds and strategies that often produce spectacular plays.

His personal stats are all over the place due to his odd mix of heroes and his hectic approach to the game.  But these are some hard facts: he has a GPM of 724 with Broodmother in D2CL, a 61.1 Invoker over all win rate and a 67% kills participation with Elder Titan.

Most Impressive Statistic:
76.9 Win Rate on Broodmother

1. Saahil 'UNiVeRsE' Arora


1st Dota 2 Asia Championships
2nd The Summit 3
2nd ESL One Frankfurt 2015

The well decorated veteran Saahil 'UNiVeRsE' Arora had the chance to participate in all previous four Internationals. The experience alone should qualify him for one of the best players arround but his incredible consistency coupled with out of this world decision making make him arguably the best offlaner of the moment.

He is able to play anything that ppd decides to throw at him but he is the most feared Darkseer in the world and while Faceless Void is not a common pick for 6.84 meta, his opponents should fear his five men Chronos.

Because of his flawless sense of initiation, predicting his opponents’ movements better than they can predict them for themselves, he is one of the main factors of Evil Geniuses success.

Most Impressive Statistic:
Darkseer KDA: 5.4
Clockwerk Win Rate 68.4

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