- February 28, 2018
The Regional Qualifiers for the DreamLeague Season 9 Minor concluded earlier today. As a result, we now have a complete list of all the eight Dota 2 teams who will be playing in DreamHack’s second Pro Circuit LAN of the season.
The LAN Finals will take place at the Monster Energy DreamHack Studios in Stockhold between March 20 and March 25. Unlike the ASUS ROG DreamLeague Major, the DreamLeague Season 9 Minor skipped on the league play online qualifiers. Instead, DreamHack sent direct invites this time around: the defending champions Team Secret and the runner-ups Team Liquid. The rest of the teams then had to make their way via their respective Regional Qualifiers.
Who’s Playing at the DreamLeague Season 9 Minor
Because of the packed Dota 2 calender, a number of top teams from other regions decided to skip the tournament. Virtus Pro, Mineski, Natus Vincere, Evil Geniuses, are among those who did not attempt to qualify to focus on the other events. This paved the way for the lower tier teams to secure a berth, and a couple pounced on the chance. In North America, Immortals took advantage of a relatively shallow competitive field sans compLexity Gaming, OpTic Gaming, and Evil Geniuses to secure their spot at the LAN, while Team Empire did the same in the CIS region. Fnatic too took advantage of Mineski’s decision earlier in January to bow out of the Qualifiers for the DreamLeague Season 9 Minor.
In the remaining regional qualifiers — Europe, China and South America — the top teams of their respective regions played. Surely enough, the regional powerhouses ended up winning. No one could take a game off of Newbee as they qualified for the DreamLeague Season 9 Minor. The four-time Major winners OG were just as dominant, although they did drop one game. Finally, paiN Gaming, played spoilers to both SG e-sports and Infamous in the South Ameriacn Regional Qualifiers once again. This is the 4th Pro Circuit LAN that paiN Gaming have qualified for this 2018.
Time To Get Ready for DreamLeague Season 9
Now that all of the eight Dota 2 teams have been confirmed, we can now start looking forward to the LAN Finals of the DreamLeague Season 9 Minor. This is the ninth iteration of everybody’s favourite meme-filled Dota 2 tournament. This is also the second one for the season. The last one was a Major and easily a huge success.
Even though the prize pool is much lower this time around, the DreamLeague Season 9 Minor remains event to look forward to. After all, it precedes DAC 2018 ; six of the eight teams playing in the DreamLeague Minor will also play in the Major scheduled for March 30 to April 7. If nothing else, it will be a good test of strength for teams like OG and Fnatic.
Which team are you looking forward to seeing the most at the DreamLeague Season 9 Minor? Do you think OG will make it to the event with the same roster? If so, will they be doing better than they are right now? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.