Leipzig Qualified Teams
The qualfiers for the first Major of 2020 has concluded. With the patch released so recently, teams were looking for whatever edge they could get in the draft before finally stabilizing during the last few days. Keeping up with the qualifiers aren't always easy, so here's a quick runthrough of all the qualified teams.
Team Liquid — Team Secret — Alliance
The notable thing about Europe isn't who qualified, it's who didn't. Nigma, the former Team Liquid rosters new team, who finished 2nd at TI9 just a few months ago, failed to make it through the EU qualifier. This means that captain Kuroky now has to guide his team through the Minor if they want to make the Major.
For Team Liquid and Alliance, qualifying to their second Major is possibly more meaningful than their first qualification. This time all the top dogs in EU, except for OG who still choose to sit out, were present.
Invictus Gaming — Vici Gaming — Team Aster
Much like Europe, the main story from the Chinese qualifiers is about who didn't qualify. PSG.LGD, a team seen as one of the main international threats from China, fell out of the contest in the open qualifiers. Not only does this mean that the team has no way to qualify for the Minor they also have to go through the open qualifier in the next Major qualifier.
As for the qualified teams, there aren't any big surprises considering the participants. EHOME looked to be able to threaten the three qualified teams but ultimately fell short in the playoff stage of the contest.
Reality Rift — Fnatic — TNC Predator
The SEA qualifier turned out to be much more dramatic than first expected, mostly because of TNC Predators shakey performance. The winners of the Chengdu Major actually had to play a tiebreaker against Geek Fam just to make it to the playoffs. And once there TNC's performance didn't improve. They fell to the surprise of the qualifier, Reality Rift, in the first round and were then pushed to three games by Cignal Ultra in the qualifier decider. Still, TNC made it through but they can't be happy with their performance.
Fnatic, a team that disappointed many in the first Major of the season seemingly took that as a wakeup call and had a great showing. They went 10-0 as they beat everything their region had to throw at them.
Virtus.pro — Natus Vincere
While all other regions had some sort of upset, order was seemingly restored in CIS. VP and NaVi both failed to qualify for the Chengdu Major but are back in form. The two teams are the big boys of the region and their lineups are the best currently playing there. This is, of course, disappointing for Gambit and Team Spirit, who had started building something, but they still have quite a way to go before they'll be able to threaten VP and NaVi again.
Chaos Esports Club — Evil Geniuses
NA as a region is often the butt of many jokes, usually revolving around how bad the region is. This perception is caused by the fact that there's a huge gap between the top teams in the region and those just after them. But calling the region "bad" is just flat out wrong, especially if you look at the teams in the playoffs of this Major qualifier. Chaos, NiP, EG, and FP are all quality teams that can, and should, compete on the international stage.
EG is still the best team in the region. While they fell to EternalEnvy's Fighting Pandas in the first round of the bracket, they got their revenge later on, stomping out the Pandas hopes of qualifying to Leipzig. They'll represent NA together with Chaos, who had a stellar performance. With PPD's NiP returning to NA, the region is currently turning into a real battle of the captains. Fly vs. PPD vs. EE vs. SVG should make you very excited for NA's future.
paiN Gaming — beastcoast
A lot of people tend to forget that South America is a region in the DPC. And seen to past results, they're somewhat right in forgetting about SA. But they're, in fact, not right. South America is one of the most exciting regions in Dota right now. After the "original" paiN Gaming roster made a splash on the international scene, we've started seeing more and more teams coming out of the region.
beastcoast have quickly become a crowd favorite with their unorthodox playstyle and insanely high skill ceiling. And now they'll be joined by the "new" paiN Gaming roster led by hFn and Kingrd.