Slowly but steadily, the qualifiers for the second roll of DPC tournaments are coming to an end. With that in mind, China and Southeast Asia are the first regions to have teams qualify for the Leipzig Major.
Let’s take a look at what happened in China and Southeast Asia.
No surprises here, the first team that will go to Germany is Vici Gaming. They are one of the best teams in the world right now and definitely the strongest team in China. Even though the Outlanders Update completely changed Dota 2, the Chinese powerhouse lost only two maps in the entire qualifiers, making them one of the most efficient teams around. The last challenge ahead of Zhang “Eurus” Chengjun and his team-mates was Team Aster. Even though they are a very dangerous enemy, Vici had no problems and secured their spot for the Major.
The other team which will join Vici Gaming is Invictus Gaming, the Summit 11 Minor Champions. They had the uneasy task of fighting against EHOME, who were on form recently. Unfortunately for EHOME, even the addition of Liu “Sylar” Jiajun was not enough for them to beat their enemies. After losing to iG, EHOME had one more chance to go to the Major but that didn’t happen either. Team Aster played outstandingly well and definitely deserve their spot in the Lepizing Major.
EHOME will now have to climb a mountain if they want to attend this tournament. The only way of doing this is to qualify for the WePlay! Bukovel Minor and win it. It’s definitely not going to be easy, but it’s not impossible either.
Southeast Asia was among the most interesting regions to follow in the last couple of days. Even though no one expected it, Reality Rift was the first team that qualified for the Major. They’ve played nearly flawlessly in these qualifiers and had little to no problems getting that slot. We can only hope that this won’t be one of those “once in a lifetime moments,” as this team certainly has a lot to offer on the big stage.
The second team that will defend SEA’s pride is Fnatic. Even though their recent results are not the best, this organization has always been one of the strongest in this region. These qualifiers further prove this claim because Fnatic finished without a single loss. It seems like they are really enjoying the new patch and will be a treat to watch in Germany. Last, but not least, we have the MDL Chengdu Champions, TNC Predator. Even though people thought it will be just like a walk in the park for them, these qualifiers turned out to be difficult for the young squad. They barely got out of the Group Stage, and even then, Fnatic ripped through them with a quick 2-0.
Luckily, they were able to win the final series of the qualifiers against Cignal Ultra with a 2-1 score. The interesting thing about this series was that all players from Cignal Ultra actually disconnected in the third game.
It seems like Kim “Gabbi” Villafuerte and Co. still need to practice a bit on the new patch in order to be competitive.
DreamLeague Season 13 Major (a.k.a the Leipzig Major) is going to be the second Major of this DPC. It will have a whopping $1M USD prize pool and will be held this January in Germany.
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