Ceb Gives His Predictions For The TI11 Last Chance Qualifiers
The Last Chance Qualifiers (LCQ) will determine the final two teams that will compete in the Group Stages of the International 2022 (TI11), as the LCQ will start this weekend on the 8th of October. Twelve teams from six different regions will compete in the Last Chance Qualifiers in an effort to advance to the biggest Dota 2 tournament of the year.
During his latest appearance on OG’s Monkey Business podcast, Sébastien "Ceb" Debs gave his opinion on the teams that will most likely advance from the Last Chance Qualifiers.
“I refuse to pick anybody else other than T1” - Ceb gives his predictions for LCQ
Sébastien "Ceb" Debs returned for the latest episode of OG’s Monkey Business podcast as a recurring guest, alongside co-hosts Johan "N0tail" Sundstein and OG CEO JMR Luna. While the two-time TI winner talked about his plans to join the team in Malaysia for the upcoming TI11 as an analyst/psychologist, he also had time to talk about the upcoming LCQ, which starts this weekend on 8th October.
Ceb started the conversation by saying that he was surprised to see Wildcard Gaming from North America (NA) playing in the Last Chance Qualifiers, as the team had issues regarding its mid laner during the NA Regional Qualifiers.
“Dude, I cannot believe that Wildcard Gaming is gonna be playing. It’s crazy like I think there’s a lot of players, no disrespect to Wildcard Gaming, that are going to be watching this team and think to themselves, why the hell do I not get to compete and they do?.” said Ceb.
The French offlaner then noted that in his opinion, he thinks that Group B of the LCQ is more stacked than Group A as the group contained big names such as Virtus.pro, T1, Team Liquid and Xtreme Gaming.
“I think Group B is more stacked, it depends on Infamous though. But I think Group B is more stacked because of Xtreme Gaming, they’re probably favorites to win it all. And VP [Virtus.pro] could be strong too, along with T1 and Liquid so you have four contenders from Group B.” said Ceb.
OG CEO JMR Luna then asked Ceb about his two favorite teams that would advance from the Last Chance Qualifiers. Ceb responded by saying that Xtreme Gaming and T1 are his favored teams to qualify for the group stages of TI11.
“My two favorites? I would go for Xtreme Gaming and I gotta pick T1. I refused to pick anybody else other than T1. Sorry for the other, but you’re not getting in [my predictions]. I don’t believe that they will make it. I believe that they can make it but I think I believe in Xtreme Gaming more when it comes to qualifying from the LCQ.”
However, despite his bias towards his former comrades in T1, Ceb did give his insight on other possible contenders for the two spots at TI11’s group stage.
“If you’re talking about teams that are maybe a little more favored, I would say VP and Liquid but in Liquid’s case, they have been disappointing so many times during the season now I don’t think they’re favorites at this point. In Virtus.pro’s case, they looked really good at some points during the qualifiers until they met Daxak [and BetBoom Team], and then he reminded them who’s the boss in the region.” said Ceb.
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The Last Chance Qualifiers will begin this weekend, with second and third place teams from each regional qualifiers competing against each other for the remaining two spots at TI11. The LCQ begins on 8th Oct to 12th Oct.