With the day of Dota done, the English and Russian talent took to the stage to battle it out in an All Random Deathmatch! Slacks post-match interview may well be the highlight.

After a long day of heartbreak and incredible Dota, sometimes it’s nice to kick back and enjoy some laughs. That’s exactly what the talent show match offers every year. This year we saw the Russian talent of Team Thunderhide face off against the English talent of Team Dragon in the TI10 All-star Match.

Team Dragon

Brian “BSJ” Canavan
Troels Lyngholt “syndereN” Nielsen
Kurtis “Aui_2000” Ling
Mira “Ephey” Riad
Aydin “iNSaNiA” Sarkohi

Team Thunderhide

Alexey “Solo” Berezin
Danil “Dendi” Ishutin
Roman “Resolut1on” Fomynok
Sergey “ARS-ART” Revin
Oleksandr “XBOCT” Dashkevych

TI10 all-star Ephey vs Dendi statistics

All Random Deathmatch!!

The teams played in All Random Deathmatch format. This means that each team would get 40 lives, and on each death they would get a new hero. The only thing on the line was pride.

We got our perspective from the English broadcast of the match. Rather than having casters, production broadcasted from Team Dragon’s voice comms which made for some hilarious moments. one such moment was before the game where team Dragon made a reference to LIMMP not hugging the rest of Alliance during their elimination game.

Insania’s key advice in TI10 All-star match: “Listen to captain”

The show match was mostly a clown fest with banter flying back and forth between players. It started off with a decent showing from Team Dragon, with INSaNia getting some clutch stuns with Leshrac. Where the fun came in was from the hilarious communication from the team.

It was clear from the start that INSaNia was looking to take charge. He made sure that his team was quiet, and listening to his instructions. This turned out to be no easy task. The other players on the team took to calling him captain throughout the course of the TI10 All-star match.

There was no shortage of BM and tactical pausing as players got dove and killed. the first pause lasted for a long time so that syndereN could “fix his monitor” so that the game could go on. For most of the game, rather than farming, the teams grouped up together and looked to secure kills to inch closer to a win in the TI10 All-Star match.

INSanIA had no patience for his players constant banter and continuous chatting. This let to frequent comical disapproval, calls to clear the comms and some colorful language from the Swede. The other players on the team seemed to be trying their best, with Aui coming in with clutch places and Ephey getting stuns and setting up the team. BSJ on his Queen of Pain managed to do some work while he was in control of the hero.

In the end, both teams were so close to being out of lives. There was one last pause for Dendi’s monitor issues. Team Dragon came together for one last huddle. One in which BSJ was not invited. But alas, Team Dragon were not destined to win that day. With an insane Omniknight performance from Solo, Team Thunderhide were able to clinch the match.

“I Tried so Hard, and Got so Far…”

Team Thunderhide were able to take it from the English talent. Hosts Jake “SirActionSlacks” Kanner and Kasumi “sumichu” Yogi proceeded to berate the players for their faults and past failures.

Team Dragon may have pretended to look defeated and Team Thunderhide triumphant, but at the end of the day, they were playing for fun, and isn’t that what Dota is all about?

Team Thunderhide are set to play another TI10 All-star match tomorrow ahead of the Grand Finals. A return of openAI, could it be possible…?

ti10 all-star match line-up for Russian talent
Team Thunderhide were victorious

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Christian Decker

Christian is a student from Schenectady, New York, studying at Albany Law School. He is an avid gamer, writer, podcaster, and content creator who is passionate about Dota 2 and music!