All 15 qualifier slots up for grabs for the first Major of the 2019-2020 Dota Pro Circuit have been claimed. CIS and South America were the last regions to decide their winners, and both regions delivered a few surprises to start the season.
In CIS both Virtus.pro and Na’Vi fell short and opened the path for newcomers to showcase their power. Virtus.pro are in full process of rebuilding their team, and in fact they are going for a trial by fire with two stand-ins in the first round of DPC qualifiers. Thus, they’ve been knocked out from the contention for a ticket to the major right from the group stage. Nonetheless, their third place finish in the group sent them to the DOTA Summit 11 Minor qualifiers, and they still have a chance to bounce back and book themselves a trip to China for November, if they win the whole thing at the Beyond the Summit event.
For Na’Vi, the qualifiers went from bad to worse, and they will have to sit out the first DPC tournaments. The group stage was dominated by Gambit Esports, who also rebuilt their team. Artsiom “fng” Barshack gathered around him a group of newcomers, players in whom he saw potential. Through the whole qualifiers process for Chengdu Major and ESL One Birmingham 2019, the new Gambit line-up played a total of 19 matches and lost just two of them. Interestingly enough, both their losses were at the hands of Positive Guys, a newly formed stack in the post TI9 shuffle featuring the former OG stand-in Igor “iLTW” Filatov.
Positive Guys are yet to find a sponsor, but given their success in the regional qualifiers for the first Major of the season, they probably don’t have to wait too long before they will be approached with offers from the several CIS organizations who haven’t locked in with a team.
The times when Infamous and paiN Gaming were the dominant forces in the SA scene are gone. The TI9 Infamous roster is now playing under the Beastcoast tag, and they’ve been crushing everyone from the group stage to the qualifiers grand finals to claim one of the two tickets to the Major.
While paiN Gaming finished undefeated in the group stage as well, the Brazilian team suffered two losses in a row in the qualifiers playoffs. Beastcoast pushed them in the lower bracket finals and Team Unknown outmaneuvered them in the final SA battle to make it to the Major. The second finalists of the SA qualifiers might call themselves Unknown, but their roster is filled with familiar faces of the Peruvian Dota and MDL Chengdu is in fact not their first-ever Major. Back in 2015, Juan “Atun” Ochoa and Alexis “Greedy” Ventura wrote history for their region by qualifying to Frankfurt Major, the very first tournament of Valve’s, at the time, new implemented Dota Pro Circuit system. Team Unknown was the first SA team to attend a Valve sanctioned event, and now they’re back with a slightly different roster, but still as full Peruvian team.
MDL Chengdu Major participating teams:
- Vici Gaming (CN qualifiers)
- Team Aster (CN qualifiers)
- EHOME (CN qualifiers)
- TNC Predator (SEA qualifiers)
- Fnatic (SEA qualifiers)
- Team Adroit (SEA qualifiers)
- Evil Geniuses (NA qualifiers)
- J.Storm (NA qualifiers)
- Fighting Pepegas (NA qualifiers)
- Alliance (EU qualifiers)
- Team Liquid (EU qualifiers)
- Gambit Esports (CIS qualifiers)
- Positive Guys (CIS qualifiers)
- Beastcoast (SA qualifiers)
- Team Unknown (SA qualifiers)
- TBD ( DOtA Summit 11 Minor winner)
MDL Chengdu Major will unfold November 16-24 with $1,000,000 and 15,000 DPC points up for grabs.