Effect are the last Dota 2 team to make it out of the DAC 2018 Qualifiers, completing the tournament lineup for the 5th Pro Circuit Major of the 2017-18 season.
Considered as heavy underdogs heading into the Regional Qualifiers for the CIS region, Effect stumbled in the opening rounds. However, after losing to Team Spirit 2-0, they refused to give up. Instead, they made their way through the lower brackets. En route, they took out Kazakhstan, Gambit Esports and Vega Squadron. Finally, to cap things off, they would pull off the unlikely sweeps against Natus Vincere and Team Spirit.
The Dota 2 Asia Champions 2018, otherwise known as DAC 2018, will pit sixteen Dota 2 teams from all over the world against each other. The tournament will run from March 30 through April 7 at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai, China. As per Valve’s mandate, the tournament will put $1 million in prize pool and 1,500 Qualifying Points up for grabs.
Since its maiden tournament back in 2015, the Dota 2 Asia Championships have been considered as one of the best tournaments in Dota 2. In fact, many consider the tournaments as right up there with TI and previous Valve Majors. Expect DAC 2018 to be just as good, if not better. After all, it will be PGL and Perfect World who will team up for the tournament’s third go-around.
The Qualifying Teams for DAC 2018
Three weeks after the announcement of the direct invites, teams would start to make it out of the DAC 2018 Qualifiers one by one. Mineski, as per the usual, dominated Southeast Asia to qualify first as TNC Pro Team, who recently bid their captain Theeban ‘1437‘ Siva farewell, followed suit.
— Evil Geniuses (@EvilGeniuses) February 9, 2018
Evil Geniuses then dominated the North American Regional Qualifiers, but not before people questioned why they were pit against the likes of Team IDC and ISGG in their first two matches. Though, OpTic Gaming may have gotten the short end of the proverbial stick, they still prevailed to take the region’s second slot. The win gives #thegreenwall their third straight slot in a Pro Circuit Major since adding Neta ‘33‘ Shapira.
The tightly contested DAC 2018 Qualifiers in China saw Keen Gaming, LGD Gaming and VGJ Thunder emerge victorious. The once-mighty OG soon followed, having seemingly returned to form after winning every single game at the European Qualifiers in convincing fashion. Meanwhile, paiN Gaming ended SG e-sports’ and Infamous’ duopoly in South America.
— OG (@OGesports) February 9, 2018
Last, but definitely not the least, Effect will complete the tournament lineup. Already underdogs at the DAC 2018 Qualifiers for the CIS region, they will find themselves against even worse odds at the LAN finals itself.
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