With the end of the North American Regional Qualifiers for the second Major of the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit, the Chongqing Major team list is now finally complete.
Fifteen Dota 2 teams are now set to travel to Chongqing in China for a chance to rack up some DPC points if not win a Major. The event will take place on January 19-27 and feature a $1 million prize pool.
After winning the Kuala Lumpur Major, Virtus.Pro are the heavy favourites heading into the event. Although their direct invite to The International 2019 is now pretty much secured, it seems like the CIS bears aren’t looking at taking an extended break anytime soon.
This is surprising considering that some of their known rivals throughout the past two years, such as Team Liquid and OG, have each decided to take long breaks at some point during that time span.
Speaking of OG, the reigning TI8 champions failed to hit the ground running after their long break. The European mix fell short at making it to the Chongqing Major team list after going 1-2 in the stacked European Regional Qualifiers. They will now have to try their luck at the Regional Qualifiers for the Bucharest Minor and make their way to the Chongqing Major through there.
The Complete Chongqing Major Team List
- Team Secret
- Team Liquid
- Team Aster
- Vici Gaming
- TNC Predator
- Forward Gaming
- Evil Geniuses
- paiN Gaming
- Thunder Predator
Originally, pain X, who later renamed themselves to test 123, were set to play at the Chongqing Major. However, after finding out that they had not been playing in South America for most of the past few months, Valve decided to revoke their spot and instead gave it to the runner-ups, Thunder Predator.
Looking at the teams who made it to the Major this time around, there isn’t really that much difference. Save for Team Liquid in Europe and NoPangolier in CIS, as well as the aforementioned Thunder Predator, these are pretty much the same teams that play at the Kuala Lumpur Major. However, if you look at how these teams made it to the Major, you’ll see that there are at least two to three teams per region that could’ve easily taken their spot if not for a misplay or two during the qualifiers.
That’s how coveted these spots are and how tight the competition is.
Given the relative strength of the teams who fell short at making to the Chongqing Major, the level of play at the Bucharest Minor should be much higher compared to that of the DreamLeague Season 10 Minor.
Perhaps more important than the tournament itself are the storylines surrounding it. Case in point, the disqualification of paiN X, and the qualification of TNC Predator. The former is understandable, albeit one that could’ve been prevented had Valve set clearer guidelines for the game. The latter, meanwhile, is much more interesting to follow, what with Carlo ‘Kuku‘ Palad supposedly banned from the event after using a racial slur directed to the Chinese in a public match just a few weeks back.
We should know whether or not Kuku will actually make it to the Chongqing Major in the next few weeks.
The Chongqing Major will run from January 19 to January 27.
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