The last couple of days have been absolutely packed with high-quality Dota 2. That said, we finally know the names of the teams that will have to wait for the next qualifiers to try their luck. Some of them were definitely not expected to end up here, but it did happen.
Let’s take a look at what happened
The results here were pretty much as everyone expected them to be. Team Liquid and Alliance had little to no trouble defeating their enemies and secured the first spots in their groups. On the other hand, NiP looked a little bit shaky, but in the end, they managed to prevail.
It is important to remember that the best teams from this region are not taking part in these qualifiers. The results would be different otherwise.
Unlike EU, this region was yet again full of surprises. If we judge by the performance of the teams, Virtus.Pro seems to finally “bleed” after their mediocre performance in Group A. On the contrary, guided by Ilya “ALOHADANCE” Korobkin, HellRaisers completely demolished their enemies. In fact, they only dropped one game against Old But Gold, which hold on to the second place in the group.
Group B was just as intense as the first one. Gambit Esports and Positive Guys crushed the competition and got a well deserved top 2 finish. However, the biggest upset here has to be Natus Vincere. Even though they performed very well during WePlay!’s Reshuffle Madness, Pavel “9pasha” Khvastunov and his team-mates just crumbled in these qualifiers.
The competition in China was fierce, as nearly every single team had the potential to win their group. In the end, Vici Gaming, EHOME, Team Aster and Royal Never Give Up are the ones that managed to secure a top-two finish.
Sadly, Keen Gaming and Team Sirius were unable to keep up with the competition. Both teams finished last in their respective groups, which means that they will miss the first DPC tournament. Many people expected KG to perform well, especially after the big roster change. However, it seems like even Chai “Mushi” Yee Fung’s presence is not enough for them to start winning. Of course, this is one of their first qualifiers as a team, which means that they will probably perform a lot better next time.
Similar to Europe, the top teams here pretty much ripped through the competition. Both Fnatic and TNC claimed the first spot in their group and will have to fight for their place at the MDL Chengdu Major tomorrow.
Unfortunately, Alpha x Hashtag and SG-dragons will have to prepare themselves for the next qualifier. There were a lot of hopes on Chan “WinteR” Litt Binn’s new team, but it seems like they need to train more to be competitive enough.