The group stages for the Dreamleague: Season 11 Major which is set to kick off on Thursday (12th March 2019) have finally been announced and it already seems like it is going to be quite a hard road to the Upper Brackets for the teams from SEA.
Here's the CORSAIR #DreamLeagueMajor Groups!— DreamHack Dota (@DreamHackDota) March 11, 2019
A @teamsecret @TeamLiquid @Team_JStorm @Keen_GamingCN
B @PSGeSports-@LGDgaming @FNATIC @NiPGaming @infamous_gg
C @virtuspro @EHOMECN @mineskiproteam @goforwardgg
D @EvilGeniuses @ViCi_Gaming @ChaosEC @NatusVincere pic.twitter.com/Ec8bX2phnz
SEA’s best team, Fnatic will have to go up against PSG.LGD, NiP and Infamous in Group B. Currently, PSG.LGD, NiP, and Fnatic are ranked 4th, 5th, 6th in the DPC points table making it an extremely tight group where every single game matters. Based on recent form, Fnatic and PSG.LGD are the favourites to progress to the Upper Brackets.
But it should be noted that PSG.LGD will also be missing their primary midlaner Lu "Somnus?M" Yao who has taken a break from competitive Dota following his marriage. He has been temporarily replaced by Guo "Xm" Hongcheng? who formerly played for CDEC.
Mineski qualified to the Major after a shock upset saw Filipino powerhouse TNC Predator crash out of the SEA Qualifiers. Mineski have been steadily improving bit by bit and have beaten a few good teams in ESL One: Katowice 2019.
They will have a relatively straightforward opportunity of qualifying to the Upper Brackets having been placed in a group featuring Virtus.Pro, Forward Gaming and EHOME. While VP is by far the best team in this group, Mineski will be counting their chances against Forward Gaming having recently beaten them 2-0 in Katowice. EHOME are also not in the best of situations, having been weakened following the departure of eGo and the injury of Faith_bian.
The Dreamleague: Season 11 Major will see it’s group stages being played out in a GSL format, before heading into a 16 team, Double elimination bracket in the playoffs phase. The tournament features a prizepool of $1,000,000 and 15,000 DPC points on the line. The last three days of the LAN will be played in front of a live audience at the Annexet, Stockholm, Sweden.