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The International 10 is just around the corner and as teams gear up to showcase their talents and fight for the huge chunk of $40M prize purse, we focus on three players to watch going into the event.

Cheng “NothingToSay” Jin Xiang

NothingToSay has a lot to say when it comes to the mid-lane. The charismatic Malaysian and also the highest ranked MMR player across regions will head into TI10 with the ever burgeoning expectations from Chinese netizens.

NTS has made huge strides over the past couple of months at PSG.LGD, especially at the WePlay AniMajor, where the team convincingly won against Evil Geniuses in the grand finals.

NTS’ aggressive maneuvers across the map and flawless space creating abilities has made him a force that instills fear in the minds of his enemies, giving him the upper hand albeit with a few exceptions.

Post WePlay AniMajor, the Chinese juggernauts won a couple of tournaments without NTS, over his visa woes that seemingly made him unable to join the team at boot-camp. However, the issues got resolved just in the nick of time and the mid-laner made his way to join his teammates.

Héctor Antonio “K1” Rodríguez

K1 is one of the most promising names heading into TI10. All eyes will be set on the young prodigy to see how he holds his ground on the biggest stage of all; The International.

At 20 years of age, K1 is highly praised to be the most promising carry player by former pro players and talents alike. His innate ability to farm under the most dire situations, and solidifying his team’s position in any game is second to none.

TI10 will be K1’s second TI appearance, and he’ll be looking forward to getting a better grasp on his nerves and shed any inhibitions he has within his mind. It’ll be more of a psychological warfare for the Peruvian.

Andreas Franck “Cr1t-” Nielsen

The prolific position-4 player for Evil Geniuses is the enigma for any team he plays against. Cr1t is one of, if not the best, players to have ever graced the game.

EG’s backbone, Cr1t is single-handedly responsible for bringing the team back to life from the pits of death on numerous occasions. Redefining his position in many ways, the Dane has an impeccable tenacity to find the perfect positioning during the laning phase, barely giving his opponents any room to breathe.

With numerous Majors and other tournament titles under his belt, Cr1t is yet to get his hands on the elusive Aegis and immortalise his name among the legends. TI10 seems to be the perfect opportunity to do so.

EG’s performance in the current DPC season has been flawless, and with consecutive runners-up finishes at both; ONE Esports Singapore Major and WePlay AniMajor, they’ll be more than eager to finally close the gap and cross the finish line.. once and for all.

Karan Rathod is a writer for covering anything and everything to do with Dota 2. Few people love Dota as much as Karan, whether it's grinding away in pub games or watching the latest competitive tournament and breaking down the results. In addition to their great love of Dota 2, Karan also enjoys hitting the gym for some exercise and sitting down with a nice book.