Mineski became the first team to qualify for a Dota 2 minor for the 2017-18 season yesterday after they took down Execration 2-0 in the Finals of the PGL SEA Qualifiers.
PGL SEA Qualifiers Recap
The PGL SEA Qualifiers started opened up with a round robin group stages where the eight participating teams were split into two groups of four. Execration paced Group B with a 3-0 record while TNC Pro Team disappointed with a 1-2 record and were eliminated from contention. Meanwhile, Fnatic, Happy Feet, and Mineski all tied with 2-1 records.
Normally, the three-way tie would’ve led to a tiebreaking match between all three teams. However, because of the time rating rule, which teams had agreed to prior to the start of the qualifiers, Fnatic ended up bowing out.
The decision didn’t exactly sit too well with the general public. The resulting backlash then prompted PGL to change the rule soon after the group stages ended.
Time Rating can't qualify… DotA 2 Minor GG
— EternaLEnVy (@EternaLEnVy1991) September 11, 2017
At the playoffs, Execration continued to impress by handily taking down Happy Feet 2-1. However, Mineski would prove too much to handle as the two teams met in the finals.
Led by former Team DK members, Chai ‘Mushi’ Yee Fung and Daryl Koh ‘iceiceice’ Pei Xiang, Mineski styled their way to a 2-0 drubbing of the all-Filipino squad.
Both games of the PGL SEA Qualifiers finals ended in just a little bit over and under ~30 minutes.
Shades of 2016’s Faceless
With Fnatic caught in a dry spell following their 4th-place finish at The International 6, the newly-formed Team Faceless, led by the legendary Dota 2 player iceiceice, immediately became THE team to beat in the Southeast Asian region.
Team Faceless proved unmatched in SEA post-TI6 as they secured one qualifier after another. As a result of their dominance, people dubbed them as the gatekeepers of Southeast Asia.
Although Team Faceless often had lackluster showings at LAN tournaments, they remained arguably the best team in the region and it looked like their reign in SEA would never end. However, as the season went on, the rest of SEA eventually caught up. And, after failing to qualify for The International 7, Team Faceless disbanded.
This series of unfortunate events, however, only gave birth to what looks to be a better team than last season’s Team Faceless.
While iceiceice and Mushi headline the lineup, their other players aren’t too bad themselves; Kam ‘NaNa’ Boon Seng is a skilled player who is at his best as a playmaker; Anucha ‘Jabz’ Jirawong, who previously played for Team Faceless, has thrived in his return to the position 4 support role; Michael ‘ninjaboogie’ Ross Jr. is as stable as they come as far as support players go.
So far, Mineski has already qualified for two big tournaments: PGL Open Bucharest Minor (October) and World Cyber Arena 2017 (TBA).
What do you think of Mineski’s new lineup? Do you think they have what it takes to surpass Team Faceless’ performance last season? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.