With the qualifiers for the MDL Disneyland Paris Major now over, we now take a closer look at the must-watch teams who are vying for a spot at the OGA Dota Pit Minor 2019.
The 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit is nearing its end, and we’ve only got a few months left of competition to look forward to before we see all of it culminate in Shanghai for The International 2019 sometime in August.
Of course, it is in these few months left that we see some of the best matches that will be played all season long as teams desperately try to claw their way out of their respective regions to qualify for Valve tournaments to put themselves further up the standings and improve their hopes of receiving a direct invite to TI9.
The qualifiers for the MDL Disneyland Paris Major just recently concluded. The fifteen Dota 2 teams who will be playing at the fourth Major of the season have been finalized. Now, it’s time to turn our attention to the Minor that precedes it. Or, rather, the qualifiers for the Minors.
While the stakes are undoubtedly lower at the OGA Dota Pit Minor 2019, the Dota 2 teams who missed out on a shot at making it to the Major will not see it that way, and thus, they’ll be doubling down on their efforts.
With that said, here are the Dota 2 teams that you should absolutely keep an eye on at the qualifiers for the OGA Dota Pit Minor 2019.
So much has happened in the past two months for EHOME and now, they’re looking at a roster that looks radically different from the one that they started with earlier this season.
All but one player of the lineup that won the Bucharest Minor and made it to the top 6 at the Chongqing Major remain as the team has been forced to bring in a mix of unknown talent and veterans looking to revitalize their careers as they try to salvage their season with only a few months to go.
To say that EHOME have a tall task ahead of them is only fitting. Not only are they expected to go through the pains of playing with a new roster, they’re also playing in the deepest and most competitive qualifiers of all the six regions. China is a bloodbath right now, and literally every team, including powerhouses such as Vici Gaming and PSG.LGD, can lose to anybody at any given point, and even though the region usually gets preferential treatment when it comes to tournament slots, EHOME are but one of the near dozen Dota 2 teams from the region fighting over the three slots for the Majors and two slots for the Minor.
Nevertheless, it should be fun to watch EHOME try anyway, especially since it’ll be the first time we’ll be seeing TI2 champion Luo ‘Ferrari_430‘ Feichi and TI4 champion Zhang ‘xiao8‘ Ning playing with something to lose in quite some time.
When it comes to countries known as hotbeds for Dota 2 talents in Southeast Asia, Indonesia ranks near the bottom. There are only very few players from the region, let alone teams, who are playing at the highest levels of the game.
BOOM ID are far from an elite team, but they could be.
An all-Indonesian team, BOOM ID have slowly been making a strong case for themselves as one of the better Dota 2 teams in Southeast Asia this season, and they’ve been showing signs of getting better. Even if early exits in Minors don’t seem like a lot for other teams, the fact that BOOM ID even made it to a Minor is a victory in on itself for the team, and if they can push through and make an even deeper run should they qualify for the OGA Dota Pit Minor 2019, then it’ll be an experience that will no doubt make them even better going forward.
Talk about a team on a downward trajectory.
Forward Gaming went from a up-and-coming team expected to give Evil Geniuses a good run for their money in North America after signing Saahil ‘Universe‘ Arora in the offseason to a team struggling against international competition. How that happens, we’ll never know. But, what we do know is that the organization has had enough and has decided to change their roster to try and salvage their season.
Their key acquisition is Quinn ‘CCnC‘ Callahan, who was probably one of the more underrated rookies last season with OpTic Gaming.
Now, CCnC will have a chance to prove that he is an elite talent with Forward Gaming. That starts with qualifying for the OGA Dota Pit Minor 2019 and winning the entire thing to give North America four representatives in Paris this May.
Ninjas in Pyjamas
It’s boom or bust time for Ninjas in Pyjamas.
A roster stacked with this much talent and experience shouldn’t be struggling like Ninjas in Pyjamas are, but alas, that’s exactly what’s happening. Instead of making deep tournament runs and contending for titles, Ninjas in Pyjamas are struggling to qualify for Majors. In fact, save for their 4th-place showing at the Kuala Lumpur Major, which was mostly because of the brilliance of Ivan Borislavov ‘MinD-ContRoL‘ Ivanov as a stand-in anyway, Ninjas in Pyjamas have very little to show for the kind of roster that they have.
Of course, it’s always possible for teams to redeem themselves. Last season, Peter ‘ppd‘ Dager found himself with the same predicament with OpTic Gaming. He could still very well right his sinking ship of a team.
But, make no mistake, the clock is ticking for Ninjas in Pyjamas.
Which teams do you think will qualify for the OGA Dota Pit Minor 2019? Do you think we’ll see some fresh faces appear at the Minor? Do you think these teams will have solved their issues by then? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.