The Dota 2 streams have been non-stop this week, broadcasting the endless amount of hours of TI8 qualifying streams. North America, Europe, and Southeast Asia all had their qualifying tournaments this weekend and heading into the last day of play before the TI8 team pool is completed, there’s a clearer picture.Embed from Getty Images
Here’s an update –
One team has already advanced out of North America and that’s VGJ. Storm. The second best team in North America possibly usurped the role as the continents best. The only loss of the weekend came to Complexity, but it didn’t matter because the 6-1 record sent them into the 1-3 tiebreaker where VGJ. Storm had little trouble dispensing of Optic Gaming, and getting revenge on Complexity with a 27-minute game.
The next round will be the surviving two teams from the tiebreaker matches and the Immortals, who got carried by a strong Eric “Ryoya” Dong performance, putting his team on his back to keep their International hopes alive. Immortals will try and carry that momentum into a matchup with the number one ranked team in North America, Optic Gaming. Complexity matches up against Evil Geniuses, a matchup Complexity won in group play.
The final four is here and only one of these teams is qualifying for the International. OG, one of the four EU qualifying teams, made a statement with the 7-0 group play record. Team Kinguin, ranked eleventh in Europe, will look to catch OG slipping.
In the other match, War and Rain, an unranked team, will face BlinkPool. It’s two rather inexperienced teams playing crucial games that could potentially send them to Vancouver. BlinkPool is made up of an entirely new roster, and the fact that they’ve made it this far shows plenty of potentials.
Is it likely that anyone takes out the consensus best team in Europe? Unlikely. OG is a few steps above the rest of the competition, and beating them in a best of three, given past history, doesn’t seem probable. Any result other than OG heading to TI9 would surprise us all.
It’s the TNC show in Southeast Asia as both the Pro Team and the Tigers look prime to advance through and qualify. They finished first and second in the group, and now have a prime opportunity to beat out two lesser teams. TNC as the number one ranked team in the region is expected to be a contender moving forward.
Fnatic and Entity Gaming are capable of pulling the upset out. It’s entirely possible one or both take a few games or pull the upset. Entity is responsible for the Tigers lone loss thus far, so a potential losers bracket matchup could swing things in their favor. FNATIC has shown before that they’re able to raise their game to match the moment. They’ll have to do it one more time.