Mineski may have started to drop more games than before, but the end result remains the same, with them securing their fourth straight Minor tournament berth after taking down TNC Pro Team 2-1 in the Grand Finals of the Perfect World Masters SEA Qualifier.
Perfect World Masters SEA Qualifier Recap
The double-elimination regional qualifiers for the Perfect World Minor pitted 8 of the top teams from their respective regions against each other for a slot in the fourth Minor tournament of the season.
As has been the case since their inception, Mineski were the heavy favourites in Southeast Asia to secure their fourth Minor berth. However, a month of playing officials and scrims seem to have done the other SEA teams well; Fnatic and TNC Pro Team, among others, are slowly coming into form after a sluggish start to the season.
— Mineski Pro Team (@MineskiProTeam) September 30, 2017
Mineski had only lost a single series since they formed and just three games overall, all to Fnatic, entering the Perfect World SEA Qualifier. And, while Mineski continues to win every single series, other teams no longer look as overmatched as they did a week or two ago.
In fact, if not for Daryl Koh ‘iceiceice’ Pei Xiang going ham on one of his signature heroes, Timbersaw, in Games 2 and 3 of their Winners Bracket Finals against TNC Pro Team, SEA would be sending a different team to Shanghai in November.
Provided that teams like Fnatic and TNC Pro Team don’t disband anytime soon, it’ll only be a matter of time before they find their footing and start giving Mineski a run for their money.
The Best Team in Southeast Asia
As things currently stand, Mineski are the best team in Southeast Asia. Not a single team comes close. The fact that they won the Perfect World Masters SEA Qualifier despite some sloppy plays and occasionally deviating from their usual “4 protect 1” strategy shows that they can still get a lot better.
Of course, with most qualifier tournaments now done and dusted, Mineski can finally start working on improving their weaknesses and diversifying their strategies; it never really hurts to have more than quite a few cheese strats after all.
What’s your take on Mineski’s potential against international competition? Will they bomb out early or be just as dominant? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.