The regional qualifiers for the final Major of the Dota 2
Pro Circuit 2019 season have been underway for the past few days and a few
teams have already emerged to represent their regions at EPICENTER.
TNC are back
While EPICENTER is still a month away, qualifiers are
extremely heated – especially as this is the final chance for teams to make
their way into The International 2019 via DPC points. For Southeast Asia it was
TNC Predator that surprisingly clinched the top seed for the region, beating
out the likes of Fnatic, BOOM ID and Mineski to reach the top. Oddly enough,
TNC did drop one game through the group stage and it was to an unlikely Geek
Fam. With TNC taking the first spot, the SEA region now only has one direct
invite into the Major available as the qualifiers will wrap up over the
With Lee ‘Heen’ Seung Gon as their coach, TNC look primed to
take to the Major in fine form – and this could be what they need to secure a
The China surprise
The Chinese Dota 2 region has been a hotly contested field this season with the likes of Vici Gaming, PSG.LGD, Keen Gaming and EHOME all putting their foot forward to be the best in the region. But the group stages of the qualifiers for EPICENTER have so far showed some “new” names at the top – definitely not new, but one’s that we’ve not seen for some time. Newbee and Royal Never Give Up have both step forward in the initial stages of the qualifiers – but unfortunately for both, PSG.LGD were on form again as they rushed off into the sunset at the top of the group. This sends last year’s TI-runner’s up straight to EPICENTER while the rest fight it out for the final two spots for the region.
Surprisingly, EHOME, with Zhang ‘Faith_bian’ Ruida now back
on the squad, were unable to perform at all, losing nearly every game they
played. But we’ve seen EHOME’s resilience before and they’re sure to try their
hand at the Minor instead.
The weekend will bring us a fair amount of EPICENTER
regional qualifiers as we work our way down the winding path to the final Minor
and Major of this DPC season and The International 2019.