Following the end of the Regional Qualifiers, all 15 of the DreamLeague Season 11 teams have been finalised, complete with a number of staples, shocking misses, and surprise entrants.
Forward Gaming booked the fifteenth and final qualifier spot for the DreamLeague Season 11 after beating compLexity Gaming 2-0 in the North American Regional Qualifiers. They, along with 14 others, who each qualified from their respective regional qualifiers, will be taking part of the action in Stockholm from March 14 to March 24. The winners of the StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor will finalise the DreamLeague Season 11 teams, making for a total of 16 participants.
DreamLeague Season 11, or the so-called Stockholm Major, was announced right in the middle of DreamLeague Season 10, the first Dota 2 Minor of the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit.
As with other Dota 2 Majors of the Dota Pro Circuit, the third Major of the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit will feature a $1 million prize pool. More importantly, it will have 15,000 DPC points up for grabs, which should go a long way for teams hoping to receive a direct invite to The International 2019.
Who’s Missing from the DreamLeague Season 11 Teams?
Another big story is which teams failed to make it to DreamLeague Season 11.
Europe, as stacked as ever, saw a number of teams fail to make it to the Major. This includes, among others, OG, who will miss their third Major of the season following their TI8 win. Alliance, who qualified for both the Kuala Lumpur Major and the Chongqing Major, also fell short. Other notable European teams include Kaban, led by Troels Lyngholt ‘syndereN‘ Nielsen, as well as the latest roster of Vega Squadron.
A number of teams who regularly made it to the Majors also fell short at qualifying this time around.
In China, we saw Vici Gaming, who finished in the Top 8 at both the previous Majors, fail to qualify this time around. Team Aster, who were starting to look better, also fell short. In Southeast Asia, TNC Predator had a surprisingly poor showing, after which they made the decision to axe their captain, Michael ‘ninjaboogie‘ Ross.
North America was perhaps the biggest revelation of all six regions. A region thought to be dominated by the likes of Evil Geniuses, Forward Gaming, and J.Storm, we instead saw teams such as Flying Penguins, with Jacky ‘EternaLEnVy‘ Mao, and a revamped compLexity Gaming, make the qualifiers in North America a lot more interesting. Although both ultimately failed to qualify, they’ve shown that they’re good enough to deserve a shot at playing at a Major.
Expect all of these teams to try and make a run at the qualifiers of the StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor later this week.
If there’s one thing to take away from the DreamLeague Season 11 teams, it’s that the DPC is working right. Instead of invites, we have seen all teams try and qualify for the event. This has led to a number of upsets, with lesser-known teams making the most out of the opportunity to play against better competition.
So far, five teams will be making their Major debut this season at DreamLeague Season 11.
Whether or not this was the intention of Valve when they revamped the DPC system is up in the air. However, the results, so far, have indeed shown that this is good for the scene overall.
Which of the DreamLeague Season 11 teams are you excited to see the most? Do you think we’ll finally see a team upstage Team Secret and Virtus.Pro? Who’s your darkhorse pick for the tournament? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.