The Qualifiers are well underway with teams like Midas Club Elite and Team Empire already booking their tickets to the LAN by winning the South American and CIS qualifiers respectively. They will join Evil Geniuses and Team Secret, the two invitees, at Washington DC from Jan. 4 to Jan. 7 in 2018 and compete for a grand prizepool of $300,000.
The SEA Qualifiers too kicked off earlier this month with Six teams playing in a closed qualifier; Mineski, TNC Pro Team, WG.Unity, Clutch Gamers, Happy Feet and Execration.
Mineski ended up taking the only SEA slot after three BO3 victories and one BO5 victory in the Grand Finals.
Mineski’s journey started with a relatively clean and easy dispatching of Clutch Gamers in a 2-0 sweep. They followed it up with a hard-fought victory over TNC Pro Team(2-1), its most difficult rival in the qualifiers.
Afterwards, it moved on to face WG.Unity, the ROG Masters: APAC Finals champions. WG.Unity could not handle JabZ’s aggressive maneuvers first on the Winter Wyvern and then on the Monkey King. Game 1 of this series also saw the first ever Pangolier pick in Pro Dota. Iceiceice was the player handling the hero. After a decent laning stage, he quite simply rolled over (pun fully intended) the WG.Unity side, causing absolute chaos in teamfights and did not allow the WG.Unity squad to build any momentum of sorts forcing them to concede the series 2-0.
Their opponent in the Grand Finals was TNC Pro Team, the same team they sent to the lower brackets. Despite taking Game 1 of the series, TNC Pro Team once again proved to be too weak to stop Mineski’s momentum. as Iceiceice and company beat TNC 3-1 to make it 5 wins in a row against them in all competitions.
While Mineski's recent results may be impressive -- a first-place finish at the PGL Open:Bucharest and a runner-up finish at the Starladder I League Invitational Season 3 -- It remains to be seen if they can deliver against the world's best teams in the new 7.07 patch and gather up more Qualifying Points to hold pace with teams like Team Secret, Team Liquid, and Virtus Pro.