OG assistant coach Evgenii “Chu” Makarov criticized Valve for canceling the TI12 Last Chance Qualifiers
Evgenii “Chu” Makarov, who is currently part of the OG coaching staff as an assistant coach, says he is not happy that Valve decided to cancel the Last Chance Qualifiers for the upcoming TI12.
“I'm upset that there won't be a wildcard like last year,” the former support player told dota2.net. “It seemed to me that this was the best feature of the last International.”
The International 2023 Regional Qualifiers — When The Bali Major concludes, the top 12 teams in the DPC will be directly invited to The International. The remaining teams will be competing in 6 regional qualifiers for the final 8 slots. #TI12 #DPC #Dota2 pic.twitter.com/P5BAx5Vpbo
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Valve has recently announced the dates for TI12 regional qualifiers and disclosed that South America and Western Europe will both have one additional slot this year. The announcement, however, makes no mention of Last Chance Qualifiers, which means there will be no LCQs for TI12.
Fans held the last chance qualifiers (LCQ) prior to TI11 in high regard, often considering them as a “mini-TI” due to the intense level of competition they offered. The LCQ presented teams with a final opportunity to secure a spot at the prestigious tournament, resulting in fiercely contested matches.
The excitement surrounding the LCQ peaked when Team Secret and Team Liquid, the two teams that advanced from the qualifiers, achieved remarkable 2nd and 3rd place finishes at TI11. This success heightened fans' anticipation for the potential inclusion of the LCQ format at TI12, as they eagerly awaited another round of intense battles and unexpected upsets.
The second and third positioned team in the regional qualifiers used to qualify for the Last Chance Qualifiers. The LCQ champions and runner-ups qualified for TI12 finals.