PGL Bucharest Open is the second minor of the season. It’ll bring eight teams together to have at it over 300,000 USD prize pool, as well as the right to say that they dominated an international competition with some of the strongest teams around today.
However, with bigger regions such as taking their time about opting into or out of participating, we’re left with some open slots as to who all is going to be competing.
We here at Esportsranks are here to tell you the teams most likely to qualify from their respective regions. Helping you turn our expertise into your profit.
Southeast Asia – TNC Pro Team
TNC is still considered the best team in all of SEA, so betting against them is a tough sell. There’s a chance that by the time the event starts, they might be on something of a downswing depending on how i-League play goes. But betting on unnecessary variables isn’t a good idea.
At least, not usually.
TNC stands as the team to beat as far as the SEA region goes, and until someone shows that they can do it semi-regularly, it stands to reason that they’ll be the ones to represent SEA at PGL Bucharest Open.
South America – Infamous
Infamous is, to be sure, the strongest team taking part in the PGL South America Qualifier.
The hardest part of a BO1 format is displaying this fact consistently, but Infamous has shown in the past that they have the ability to adapt to their opponents strengths in between games. A round robin setup, even with a B01 format, makes that something they can take advantage of.
The team with the best chance to upset them would likely be Digital Chaos SA. While they displayed they can match Infamous blow for blow a lot of the time, they’re also inconsistent. That could become a serious detriment to them through the qualifier.
CIS – Virtus.Pro
CIS is just stacked with strong teams and that makes this a hard call out. At first, someone might just say it’s Virtus or Empire, but teams like Natus Vincere are not to be underestimated.
Still, Virtus Pro has the history on many stages and proven that they know how to play with the skill, confidence and snap-decision making necessary to win. They’ve brought results on all sorts of stages, pulling second place at the Kiev Major this year alone.
They boast a 5-6th place finish at The International 2017 as well having played together for over a year now. Meaning they have a level of synergy and cohesion that’s oftentimes underrated in eSports.
*** EDITOR’S NOTE: The PGL Bucharest Open regional qualifiers for Southeast Asia have since concluded, with Mineski going nearly undefeated all throughout and TNC Pro Team stumbling with just 1 win.