Michael van Gerwen begins his quest for a fifth World Grand Prix name against debutant Jamie Hughes on Sunday evening, asThe Green Machine bids to shield the Dublin title for the first time in his career.
Van Gerwen stormed to his first leading televised name courtesy of a remarkable comeback win against Mervyn King, which was the catalyst to the shocking dominance weve witnessed throughout the last seven or eight decades from him.
Dave Chisnall in 2013 beat in a classic that was quarter-final him, but regained to reclaim his title.
In spite of this, his most eye-catching Dublin victory arrived in 2016, when the Dutchman awakened a staggering championship average of 99.46 from the double-start format – the greatest in Grand Prix history.
The fourth triumph at the Citywest of van Gerwen arrived 12 weeks ago and just four sets dropped en route to glory, even though he wasnt at his blistering best.
However while MVGs Grand Prix career has been littered with euphoric highs, he has also suffered some dreadful beats.
The three-time world winner came close to keeping his title in 2015, dropping out in a deciding-set epic to Robert Thornton, while he suffered a jolt opening-round defeat to John Henderson at 2017 – one of the largest upsets in the history of the tournament.
The World Grand Prix is the only title Van Gerwen is to successfully defend since Phil Taylor defeated Raymond van Barneveld in finals in 2008 and 36, and nobody has ever retained this name.
Van Gerwen made a start to 2019 – after up his next World Championship victory by keeping his Experts and Premier League crowns.
However, the world suffered a sudden mid-season slump that culminated in another departure in the World Matchplay.
Although he arrested his slip under, he has yet to return to his scintillating best, but would he muster to retain his crown?
Van Gerwen enjoyed the early monopoly in events this season, winning successive titles at the World Championship, Experts and Premier League.
Rob Cross ensured his first major title because his 2018 World Championship triumph that was outstanding, defeating Michael Smith to acquire back the World Matchplay .
World No 3 Daryl Gurney lifted the Grand Prix title in 2017 and having also lifted the Players Championship Finals this past year, the Northern Irishman will be hoping to make it an hat-trick of all TV titles in as many seasons.
Gary Anderson has yet to rediscover his very best form since returning from an extended injury lay-off howeverThe Flying Scotsman is obviously a danger awarded the same applies and his prodigious capability to Michael Smith.
Bully Boy has got the final of World Championship, the Premier League and World Matchplay within the previous 18 months but hes still searching for his first title that was televised.
Peter Wright will aim to go one better after losing out to Van Gerwen in last seasons showpiece, while Grand Slam champion Gerwyn Price bids to progress beyond the quarter-finals at Dublin.
Two-time winner James Wade has not won a game in this event because reaching the final in 2014 but having won a high in five titles in 2019,The Machine heads to Dublin in certain mood.
Mensur Suljovic has reached the semi-finals in three of the previous four decades in the Citywest, whereas Nathan Aspinall is one of only three players to win an major name in 2019.
Therell be six debutants and five of these also made their World Matchplay debuts in July back in the Winter Gardens.
Three-time BDO world champion Glen Durrant headlines newcomers list, with enjoyed on the PDC circuit.
Duzza attained the World Matchplay due to victories over Adrian Lewis, Van Gerwen and James Wade and he will be bidding to create a similar revealing.
UK Open champion Aspinall, who also won the US Darts Pros of this year, makes his first appearance.
Premier League competition Chris Dobey and czech Darts Open winner Jamie Hughes make their Dublin bows, even while World Youth champion Dimitri Van den Bergh procured the final qualification spot following the cut-off a fortnight ago.
Its not very long to wait patiently till darts is back on Sky Sports, the World Grand Prix gets under way on Sunday, October 6 in Dublins Citywest Arena October 12, and seven days of coverage continues until the closing on Saturday.