TI9 Cosplay Competition: Two Indians Win!

Vignesh Raghuram
24/Aug/2019 11:46 am

With every major Dota 2 tournament, there are bound to be cosplayers showcasing the best rendition of their favourite Dota 2 heroes. The International usually features the most talented of the lot. But this year, it was exceptional.

The International 9 cosplay competition was one of the most stacked ones we’ve ever witnessed. So many great cosplays with ridiculous attention to detail brought many of our favourite characters to life in Shanghai.

There was a total prize pool of $15,000, which was split between four different awards and a few other categories. $3,000 went to the Best In Show Award as $1,500 was awarded for the Best Technique, Biggest Transformation, and Most Innovative awards.

Indian Cosplayer: Rohit Kailashiya aka Redemption Props took home the ‘Best in Show’ category with his impressive Treant Protector’s Boreal Sentinel Cosplay.

Another Indian Cosplayer, Medha Srivastava won the ‘Best Technique’ category with her surreal Legion Commander - Seige of the Artic Hall Cosplay.

Mustard’s Tinker who won Biggest Transformation and Nienteen’s Terrorblade who won ‘Most Innovative’ rounded out the rest of the winners. All the 15 contestants who made it on stage at Shanghai were also awarded $500 each before the Judges announced their decision.

This is a surreal moment for the Indian Cosplay Community who’ve made their mark in the biggest stage of Dota 2. This was by far the most impressive cosplay contest in the history of TI and the fact that two Indians made their mark at TI is commendable.


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Vignesh is one of AFK Gaming’s most experienced writers, having written over 1000 articles for the website over the last 3 years. Although his primary focus has always been Dota 2, his experience in esports also includes expertise in CS:GO and mobile esports titles.