The First 15 Participants of the DreamLeague Season 13
The qualifiers for the second Dota 2 Major of the season are over and the first 15 participants to DreamLeague Season 13 are known. In this article, I will take a brief look at what happened during the qualifiers and who are the 15 teams that made it through.
The results in the NA region were quite surprising. Nobody would have foreseen that Chaos Esports Club will become such a dominant team so quickly after its formation.
Chaos won the qualification tournament with 6 consecutive wins and a single map loss. So their performance was exceptional in every way, even though they had to face opponents like Fighting PandaS, J.Storm and Ninjas in Pyjamas. Apart from Evil Geniuses, they are clearly the best team in the region at this point.
Qualified teams: Chaos Esports Club, Evil Geniuses.
In South America there were no surprises, apart from the fact that beastcoast got defeated by paiN Gaming in the Upper Bracket Finals and had to win the Lower Bracket Finals to qualify.
Given how strong beastcoast is, this result shows the strength of paiN Gaming, a team we may see challenging the best squads in Europe and China in the near future.
Qualified teams: paiN Gaming, beastcoast
Apart from OG declining to participate in the event, the European qualifier had one big upset: Nigma did not finish in the top 3. Instead, it was Team Liquid, Team Secret and Alliance that got the tickets to DreamLeague Season 13. No doubt, this will be a big disappointment for KuroKy, who had just presented his own organization to the world.
Qualified teams: Team Liquid, Team Secret, Alliance
In the CIS region, we finally got the best two teams (at least historically) qualifying for a Major event. Both Virtus.pro and Natus Vincere managed to find their rhythm and win against the likes of Gambit, HellRaisers and Spirit.
Qualified teams: Virtus.pro, Natus Vincere
China had one huge upset. PSG.LGD lost in the Open Qualifiers and didn’t even play in the regionals. Subsequently, the three regional giants (Vici Gaming, Team Aster and Invictus Gaming) have all qualified for DreamLeague Season 13. It is interesting to note, however, that the winners of the event were IG and VG instead of VG and Aster. Aster still qualified from 3rd place, but it was quite impressive to see VG and IG demolish everyone who stood in their way.
The results themselves show Aster to be the best team in the region in spite of finishing 3rd, simply because they beat IG in the groups. The score was 2 – 0 but the games were quite disputed. The first lasted 64 minutes while the second one took just under 40.
Qualified teams: Invictus Gaming, Vici Gaming, Team Aster
In Southeast Asia, the usual suspects (Fnatic and TNC Predator) have made it through, along with a total outsider: Reality Rift. What’s even more surprising is the fact that Fnatic beat TNC Predator in the Semifinals, forcing them to play a 3rd place match, which they won (2 – 1) against Cigal Ultra. Normally, you wouldn’t expect the champion of the last Major to lose to regional rivals, but there it is.
Qualified teams: Reality Rift, Fnatic, TNC Predator