QC had a breezy ride through this year’s DPC, will they keep their cool when they hit the main stage?
Originally formed back in 2018, Quincy Crew’s roster was soon signed by Forward Gaming. However their time with the org was short lived, and by late 2019 they were playing under the banners of Chaos EC. The team found themselves free agents once more, when in March of 2020 the pandemic forced the DPC to pause, and numerous esports orgs to drop rosters and titles.
But 2020 was far from a bad year for Quincy Crew. Claiming victory after victory throughout the year of online tournaments. Carving their way through the tier 2 & 3 scenes to keep themselves sharp, and land squarely in the Upper Division of NA’s DPC.
A strong showing through 2021’s DPC
Despite spending a large portion of 2020 competing in the smaller circuits, Quincy Crew showed a lot of promise in Season 1’s Upper Division of the NA DPC. They nabbed 2nd place, and a direct invite to the Group Stage of the ONE Esports Singapore Major.
However, complications with Covid and visas saw them play with Singaporean pro player Wilson "Poloson" Koh Chin Wei during the event. Even with the roster difficulties, QC and Poloson put on an admirable effort through the Groups. Just missing out on a ticket to the Playoff stage of the tournament. They left Singapore ranked 9th-12th in the event standings.
As Season 2 opened, it seemed as if facing off against the global competition had lit a fire under Quincy Crew. They bulldozed their way through the Upper Division. This time taking 1st seed by season’s end and earning themselves an invite to the Playoffs of the WePlay AniMajor. Defeating No Ping Esports in Round 1 of the Upper Bracket before being knocked down to the Lower Bracket by T1 in Round 2, and ultimately falling to Vici Gaming in Round 3 of the LB.
Still, their performance netted them 300 DPC points, enough to score them a coveted direct invite to Bucharest and TI 10.
QC’s TI roster
There’s no shortage of NA star power on Quincy Crew’s lineup.
If the name Yawar "YawaR" Hassan rings a bell at all, that’s hardly surprising. He’s the older brother of Syed Sumail "SumaiL" Hassan, currently playing for OG. A flexible player, YawaR plays carry for Quincy Crew. But he’s certainly no slouch if you put him in the mid role either. He’s had his fair share of TI experience as well, playing with VGJ.Storm back at TI 8 and with Newbee at TI 9.
Team Captain Avery "SVG" Silverman played in the same stack as YawaR during VGJ.Storm’s run at TI 8. SVG has originally formed the team which was picked up by Storm later in the year. After their elimination at the event, SVG went on to join Forward Gaming, before entering a short retirement through 2019. March of 2020, however, saw him back in the captain’s seat playing Position 5 for Quincy Crew.
QC’s current solo mid player, Quinn "Quinn" Callahan, formerly known as CCnC has been an active player in the scene since 2016. Playing for the likes of OpTic Gaming, Forward Gaming and Newbee over that five-year stint.
Offlaner, Rodrigo "Lelis" Santos, has played across both the SA and NA circuits since 2014; and the diversity shows in his hard and fast play-style on signature heroes like Dark Seer and Batrider.
But it’s Arif "MSS" Anwar, the team’s Position 4 player, who’s had the most experience in the Dota 2 scene. He first played on Fnatic.NA’s line up back in 2013, and has cut his teeth with teams like Evil Geniuses, Cloud9 and Digital Chaos to name just a few. Like YawaR he’s faced the pressure of a TI before, reaching the Wild Card position at TI 5 with Team Archon. He had the highest average assists per game through Season 2 of NA’s DPC Upper Division this year, with 16.38.
Can Quincy Crew win TI 10?
With their experienced and innovative squad, Quincy Crew have a lot of potential to place well at TI 10. But winning the event might be a little beyond their reach. They’ll need to knock down Chinese heavyweights PSG.LGD, as well as contending with the European favorites like OG, Virtus.Pro and Secret.
That’s to say nothing of the tough competition offered from opponents closer to home like EG and beastcoast.
Regardless of how they fare, QC are certain to put on an admirable show.
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