Western Europe's Resurgence: A Dominant Display at Bali Major 2023
The Western European (WEU) teams have once again established their dominance in the professional Dota 2 scene, continuing the trend that started with the region’s remarkable performances at the Lima Major 2023, DreamLeague Season 19, and Berlin Major 2023. However, DreamLeague Season 20 marked a temporary decline in WEU dominance, with teams struggling to secure victories along with Team Liquid's surprising elimination in the group stages.
Nonetheless, the recent Bali Major 2023 group stages signify a triumphant return for WEU teams, with Gamin Gladiators, Team Liquid, Tundra Esports, and Quest Esports seizing the spotlight once again.
From Lima Major to Berlin Major: Western Europe's Reign
The Lima Major, Berlin Major, and DreamLeague Season 19 showcased the sheer dominance of the WEU teams, as Gamin Gladiators, Team Liquid, and Tundra Esports consistently outperformed other teams at each tournament.
Moving forward to Dreamleague Season 20, Western Europe's dominance seemed to waver as several WEU teams encountered challenges and struggled to secure victories. Team Liquid, considered one of the frontrunners, faced an unexpected early elimination in the group stages, leaving fans surprised and disappointed.
However, Gamin Gladiators defied the odds, showcasing its resilience by mounting an impressive lower-bracket run and 5-game grand finals to claim the title. Despite their struggles, the DreamLeague Season 20 marked a transitional phase for WEU teams, hinting at the region’s determination to regain its competitive edge.
Bali Major: WEU's Triumphant Return
The Bali Major has witnessed a resurgent Western Europe, with Gamin Gladiators, Team Liquid, Tundra Esports, and the newest contender of the region, Quest Esports, showcasing their dominance on the main stage.
Team Liquid and Tundra Esports have displayed impressive performances in the group stages so far, securing top positions in Group A, while Gamin Gladiators, despite initial difficulties, emerged in the top spot of Group B. Quest Esports, a rising force in WEU, has also demonstrated its potential by securing a commendable 3rd position in the standings.
Gaimin Gladiators Potential 3-Peat
Gamin Gladiators, with its exceptional performance in the Dota 2 competitive scene, now stands on the verge of achieving something extraordinary. As the team heads into the Bali Major, there is a real possibility that the team could match the legendary OG's record of winning three majors in a single season. This remarkable feat would solidify Gamin Gladiators' position among the greatest teams in Dota 2 history.
However, the team’s aspirations may go beyond just the majors, as they also have the chance to etch their names in the annals of Dota 2 as the only team to win every single Tier 1 tournament of the 2023 DPC season. If the team maintains its exceptional form and emerges victorious at the Bali Major 2023 and the upcoming Riyadh Masters 2023, Gamin Gladiators will go down in the game’s history as the only team to ever achieve such a feat.
From the Lima Major to the Bali Major, Western Europe's Dota 2 teams have demonstrated their enduring competitive prowess. While the DreamLeague Season 20 witnessed a momentary decline, the Bali Major signifies the region’s triumphant return. Gamin Gladiators, Team Liquid, Tundra Esports, and Quest Esports have once again taken the main stage, reestablishing WEU's dominance in the professional Dota 2 scene.