With a few hours left before the start of the first tournament of the new season, we give you our Dota 2 team rankings based on each team’s performance from the qualifier tournaments throughout the entire last month up until a few days ago.
Read on below to find out how your favourite squads stack up on our Dota 2 team rankings for October.
Previous Ranking: Honourable Mention
Mineski, just like last year’s Team Faceless, is currently drawing a lot of flak for supposedly being the only good team in a surprisingly weak region. The criticism is somewhat fair; TI7 SEA representatives, TNC Pro Team and Execration are currently struggling, while Fnatic have yet to find their footing.
Still, you have to give credit where credit is due, Mineski are killing it, weak region or not.
Mineski and SG e-sports are the only teams to have qualified for 4 Pro Circuit tournaments this season and they both are tied with Newbee and Team Secret for the most LAN appearances secured so far.
Headlined by SEA legends, Chai ‘Mushi’ Yee Fung and Daryl Koh ‘iceiceice’ Pei Xiang, Mineski have both the talent and collective experience to go toe-to-toe with just about anyone. Whether this will translate to deep runs in LAN tournaments remains to be known.
9. CompLexity Gaming
Previous Ranking: Honourable Mention
It was either Immortals or CompLexity Gaming for the 9th spot in our latest Dota 2 power rankings. The former had a strong case; they’re tied with CompLexity Gaming for the most LAN tournament slots among NA teams with two and they’ve certainly looked like legitimate contenders. However, we ultimately went with the latter because they’ve been the more consistent team so far.
CompLexity Gaming also recently beat Immortals for a spot in the DreamLeague Season 8 North America Qualifiers, so there’s that too.
Sure, Kyle ‘Kyle’ Freedman and his team have a tendency to be a bit one dimensional, but you can’t exactly blame them for sticking to their guns when they’re one of the best at it.
8. Natus Vincere
Previous Ranking: N/A
I have to admit, it was fun seeing Natus Vincere go on a winning streak and qualify for as many LAN tournaments this early on in the season as they did the entire last year. It made the fanboy in me believe that NaVi was truly back. But alas, it wasn’t meant to last.
Natus Vincere have failed to maintain their level of play since opening up the season by qualifying for the Starladder and PGL Minor. And, in between other CIS teams such as Team Empire and Vega Squadron elevating their play and Virtus.Pro asserting their dominance over the region, it’s definitely going to be a while before we see the black and yellow qualifying for a tournament again.
It’s not all bad news for Natus Vincere, though. The hometown crowd will be cheering them for them hard in the Starladder Minor.
Previous Ranking: 7 (-1)
You can only fall back on OG being 4-time Major winners so many times before you start to realise that the team’s luster has long since faded. They’re currently ways away from mid-season form and definitely far from the Dota 2 team that outplayed their opponents and won much more often than they lost.
It’s clear that the recent addition of Roman ‘Resolut1on’ Fominok has not gone as smoothly as most people hoped. However, for all of OG’s recent shortcomings, there’s enough of a reason to hope.
OG recently set up a boot camp in Germany, which coincided with them posting one of their better string of performances of the season at the DreamLeague EU/CIS League Play.
At 4-2, OG doesn’t exactly lead the standings. That honor belongs to Virtus.Pro at 5-1. But, second place isn’t half-bad, especially when you consider that most people had already written out OG this season.
6. LGD & LGD.Forever Young (TIED)
Previous Ranking: 3 (-3)
After making The International 7 pretty much their playground, it’s quite surprising to see both LGD squads struggling against other Dota 2 teams in China to start the season. However, maybe that’s just the reality of how stacked competition is in the region. But still, you kind of expect better from them, which explains the huge fall for both squads in our latest Dota 2 team rankings.
Really, who would have thought that the likes of Keen Gaming and VGJ.Thunder would qualify to a LAN tournament first over both LGD squads this season?
So far, LGD Gaming and LFY only have 3 LAN appearances in between them this season, which is not what you’d expect from two teams who finished within the Top 4 in TI7. Especially not considering that two of their upcoming LAN appearances came via direct invite.
With qualifier tournaments for the first two months of the Pro Circuit already over, LGD Gaming and LGD.Forever Young have a lot of ground to cover if they plan on racking up qualifying points early for The International 2018.
5. Vici Gaming
Previous Ranking: Honourable Mention
Putting a team whose latest lineup have yet to appear in a LAN tournament together in the top 5 of our Dota 2 team rankings seems like a reach. However, Vici Gaming have enough evidence to show that they deserve this high of a placement.
For starters, Vici Gaming are the only Chinese team to have secured multiple LAN tournament berths this season. Not only that, but they’re second to Newbee in the standings for Dota2 Professional League Season 4.
With that said, Vici Gaming have a chance to make this placement in our Dota 2 team rankings look low should they have a strong showing in their first LAN tournament as a team in the upcoming Starladder Minor.
Previous Ranking: 5 (+1)
Virtus.Pro are, hands-down, THE best Dota 2 team in the CIS region. They have the talent, experience and most important of all, results to show for it. They’re not exactly one to shy away from telling everybody that themselves either.
Led by one of the best captains in Dota 2 in Alexei ‘Solo’ Berezin, Virtus.Pro have nowhere to go but up this season.
3. Team Secret
Similar to Vici Gaming, putting Team Secret above other teams who’ve proven themselves in a LAN setting seems like a stretch. At least, at first glance. But, once you take into account the fact that Team Secret have a win-loss record of 23-2 and have yet to lose a series, the reasoning behind their placement in our latest Dota 2 team rankings become so much clearer.
Set to play in 3 straight LAN tournaments this month alone, Team Secret have a chance to validate their placement in our standings and even shoot up if they keep up their current form.
So much for rust kicking in, eh? In their first taste of official matches last week, Newbee qualified for the DreamLeague Major in December quite handily, beating Vici Gaming 2-1 and sweeping LGD.Forever Young, not just once but twice.
Newbee also currently lead all teams in the standings for the Dota2 Professional League Season 4.
With that said, Newbee’s recent performance surely must’ve dispelled any lingering doubts that they remain the best Dota 2 team in China. Unfortunately, until they get over the huge hump that is Team Liquid, they’re not exactly THE best in the world just yet.
1. Team Liquid
Team Liquid have been number 1 in our monthly Dota 2 team rankings for so long that it seems like a foregone conclusion already. They’ve maintained this spot since our first iteration and barring an unlikely upset, they’re going to be firmly entrenched in this spot for quite a while.
Team Liquid have won every LAN tournament they’ve attended so far since May. This includes back-to-back titles in Starladder, EPICENTER, and DreamLeague. And, even though things looked pretty dire for them in The International 7, they managed to pull through and made their way from the lower brackets to win the whole thing.
Until Kuro ‘KuroKy’ Salehi Takhasomi and the 9K foursome stops hoisting trophies, Team Liquid have a firm grip on the title of the best Dota 2 team in the world.
- Evil Geniuses – The boys in blue have been so good for so long that it feels like sacrilege to leave them out of the top 10. However, Evil Geniuses, who are now led by Clinton ‘Fear’ Loomis, haven’t exactly asserted themselves as the best Dota 2 team in NA, and it’ll be a while before they get a chance to do so, which is why they find themselves on the outside looking in for now.
- TNC Pro Team – Since adding Theeban ‘1437’ Siva to the team post-Kiev, TNC Pro Team have made Southeast Asia their playground. So, it comes off as a shock to see them struggling to win against other teams in a region that they’re supposed to dominate. Right now, TNC Pro Team look more like a team headed for a much-needed roster change than one that you’d consider as a powerhouse.
- Immortals – Had Immortals taken the open qualifier slot for the DreamLeague Major NA qualifiers, they most likely would’ve found themselves in the top 10. But alas, they didn’t, so here they are. Make no mistake, though. With two LAN slots secured, the Korean Overlords are much closer to establishing themselves as a legitimate powerhouse in a stacked region than most people realise.
- SG e-sports – Normally, qualifying for 4 LAN tournaments to open up the season would turn a team into a legitimate powerhouse. And SG e-sports are, at least, in South America. Until the Brazilians prove that they can go toe-to-toe with the best in the world in a LAN setting, however, they’ll remain a big fish in the proverbial small pond.
October Dota 2 Team Rankings
With 4 LAN tournaments coming up in the next 4 weeks, you best expect the Dota 2 teams in our power rankings to move up and down, or even drop out when it’s all said and done.
Our Dota 2 rankings, while based off on recent performances and head-to-head matchups, are, by no means, definitive, and we gladly accept discussion.