The biggest Dota 2 event of 2018 takes place in August and this year’s TI is all set to become the biggest esports tournament of the year once again.
The Open Qualifiers for The International 8 is a way for any team (yes, any team) to try to qualify for the largest Dota 2 tournament, and the most lucrative esports tournament, in the world. These qualifiers feed into the Regional Qualifiers, which fill out the final slots for the main event in Seattle in August. The crowd-funded prize pool is currently above $14 million, and last year’s top team took over $10 million.
The road ahead will be tough for the teams trying their hand at taking the first step towards the dream of hoisting the Aegis of Champions/
As usual, SEA, EU, CIS, NA and SA Open Qualifiers will be conducted by FACEIT, while the Chinese Open Qualifiers will be conducted by Perfect World. All the regions will have 2 Open Qualifiers, the details of the number of slots in the Regional Qualifiers up for grabs for Open Qualifier teams have also been announced by Valve.
Valve has also announced the number of TI8 slots up for taking, for each region. While there have been some outcry about the distribution of slots regarding the NA/CIS regions, the number of slots for SEA has largely been accepted as fair.
With the TI Qualifiers starting on June 14, talent from all around, uhh Dadar, Mumbai? … gather to have some fun bringing you the best coverage of the SEA Open Qualifiers. Your favorite casting duo Veewake and Floki along with our resident analysts Gambit, ClouDx under the watchful eyes of our studio’s resident cat Kiki will be bringing you coverage at our Twitch channel starting tomorrow (June 14)
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The hub will cover both the SEA Open Qualifiers #1, #2. We go live at 01:15 PM IST | 03:45 PM SGT tomorrow. We will also be providing regular updates on the SEA Qualifiers on our website, so stay tuned.
With the roster lock being closed way back in January, plenty of teams have shifted around their roster since then. Which has lead to only three teams being directly invited to the SEA Regional Qualifiers: BOOM ID, TNC Predator, and Fnatic.
The rest of the teams will be taking part in the gauntlet that is the SEA Open Qualifiers. With so many teams with so much potential out there, we can guarantee it is going to be a bloodbath. We also understand that it might be quite hard to keep up with the rosters of these teams, so here’s a handy guide.
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Kim “Gabbi” Villafuerte
Kharis “Skylark” Zafeiriou
Marvin “Boombacs” Rushton
Vladimir “yol” Basov
Lai “Ahjit” Jay Son
This SEA - EU alliance was extremely consistent through the last set of qualifiers taking games off SEA powerhouses, TNC Predator and Fnatic. But they unfortunately just couldn’t land the final blow and manage to get themselves to any of the DPC events. However, the team has been together for longer and arguably have a better roster than their previous iteration.
They’re a Dark Horse for the SEA Regional Qualifier spot, so anything less than a berth at the Regional Qualifiers will be quite a huge disappointment.
Theeban “1437” Siva
Pang “BrayaNT” Jian Zhe
Trinh Van "458" Tho
Muhammad "InYourdreaM" Rizky
Kenny "Xepher" Deo
This might just be the perfect mix of pure talent and experience, which has proven to be the key ingredient for international success. Just a glance at the 8 teams who qualified for the DPC is enough evidence for this. Almost every single team on that list has an experienced captain leading the young mechanically skilled players.
The same can be said for TNC Tigers, on one hand, you have 1437 who has been a part of the Dota 2 scene since The International 2011. On the other hand, you have players like 458, and inyourdream who have been touted as the future of SEA for quite a while. This is a lethal combination who could land a spot at The International 8 if they play their cards right, and hence anything but a win at the Open Qualifiers is a huge letdown for the team and the fans.
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Andrei “Skemberlu” Ong
James Palatolon "CartMaN" John
Ralph Richard "RR" Peñano
Ryan "Bimbo" Jay Qui
Ryo "ryOyr" Hasegawa
TaskUs Titans have emerged out of nowhere to become one of the best teams in the SEA circuit. Especially with their recent pickups of RR and Cartman, they now have 3 of the 5 members of the Execration squad who made it to The International 7. Perhaps they can replicate the same magic and push on towards The International 8 as well.
Their other two players, Skemberlu, and ryOyr are no strangers to Tier 1 SEA Dota as well. This team should definitely make it into the SEA Regional qualifiers if they can play to their full potential.
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Dominik "Black^" Reitmeier
Jure “Pingvincek” Plešej
Mikki “HesteJoe-Rotten” Mørch Junget
Danny “NoiA” Mørch Junget
Job “Jobeezy” Real Ramos
Despite frequent roster shuffles primarily revolving around the Carry role, Entity Gaming has finally managed to assemble a formidable team for The International 8 this year including Black^, who is famous for his farm heavy play as a carry, often singlehandedly carrying his team to victory.
The fact that he is backed up by some great young talent like Pingvincek, and experienced leaders like NoiA and HesteJoe-Rotten is just a big bonus for this team. I expect nothing less than qualification for this team, considering the talent and experience they possess.
There are several other aspiring teams who can also qualify for the Regional Qualifiers provided they deliver when the moment arrives. Like we said, this time the Open Qualifiers are gonna be a bloodbath and hence any team with the right amount of momentum behind them can make it to the SEA Regional Qualifiers.
Here are some of the SEA teams who have more than a fair shot at the SEA Regional Qualifiers:
Geek Fam: vtFaded, ChYuan, ?αrCh, BrayaNT, Oli
Execration: Nando, Karl, EWE, Grimzx, Kim0
Signify: BlizzarD, Swifty, Negi, No_Chanc3, Crowley
Alpha Red: fatigue, MYPRO, Liona, bearkuy, yoyo
HappyFeet: Popo, Ji, sidney, Vash, JL
DeToNator: Nasjo, AB1NG, yAj, Julz, Owa
Battle Arena Elites: YamateH, alacrity, Ohaiyo, ciaoba, Net
EVOS Esports: ilLogic, Facehugger, Aville, Vlaicu, Whitemon
Neon Esports: Aaron, benhur, root, wick, LzFy
Rex Regum Qeon: Rusman, Yaby, Rivaldi, Acela, koala
Team Flash: syeonix, LJSL, Deth, Grove, Xtinct
Veteran: Leo, InsaNe, showti, kenji, raprap