DC.SA starts the season off strong, suffering just one loss throughout the entire PGL SA Qualifiers to secure their slot at the PGL Minor in October.
PGL SA Qualifiers Recap
The PGL SA Qualifiers saw 8 teams from South America battle it out for a chance to play in the second Dota 2 minor of the season, PGL Open Bucharest.
The post TI7 shuffle completely changed the face of the South American competitive scene. Last season’s underdogs, Infamous and SG e-sports, now field completely different lineups while nearly all of their former players have since gone on to play for other organisations.
With that said, all bets were off as Day 1 of the regional qualifiers started with a round robin stage which split all 8 teams into two groups of four.
At the end of the day, only four teams remained and qualified for the playoffs: Infamous Young and SG e-sports from Group A and Digital Chaos.SA and Infamous from Group B.
At the playoffs, Infamous.Young took down their organisation’s main squad, Infamous, in a hard-fought series 2-1 to set up a Finals matchup between themselves and DC.SA, who had handily disposed of SG e-sports earlier in the day.
The difference in competitive experience between both teams was evident from the get-go. However, after a quick Game 1, Infamous.Youth nearly tied the series in Game 2 as DC.SA failed time and time again to finish the game early.
As the game went late, Infamous.Youth’s inexperience eventually got the best of them as DC.SA proceeded to close out the game and the series 2-0.
The Peruvians and Brazilians Combine Forces
Last season’s top South American teams were composed of players of the same nationality; SG e-sports’ players all hailed from Brazil while Infamous’ fielded an all-Peruvian lineup.
This makes Digital Chaos.SA a slight aberration.
The latest venture of North America’s Digital Chaos organisation, DC.SA boasts a lineup with some of the most experienced players in South America. Every single one of them has played in a Valve Major.
William ‘hFn’ Medeiros and Danylo ‘KINGRD’ Nascimento were part of the SG e-sports squad that upset Team Secret at Kiev; Farith ‘Matthew’ Puente and Renato “Kingteka’ Garcia are one of the few South American Dota 2 players to have ever played at a TI; Juani ‘Atun’ Ochoa was Team Unknown’s carry player when they made history as first South American team to qualify for a Valve Major back in 2015.
Given their collective experience, the PGL SA qualifiers are likely the first of many for Digital Chaos.SA.
Digital Chaos’ South American lineup is currently in contention for a spot at The Summit 8 and StarLadder i-League Season 3.