With the conclusion of the South American Regional Qualifiers, the Bucharest Minor team list is now set in stone.
Next month, from January 9 to January 13, the eight teams who emerged victorious from their respective regional qualifiers will compete at the PGL Studios in Bucharest. Up for grabs is $300,000 in prize money, as well as a chance to move on to the Chongqing Major.
After winning The International 2018, the reigning TI champions, OG, will look to try their luck at the Bucharest Minor. Having had to deal with an early roster shuffle as a result of Anathan ‘ana‘ Pham taking a break, OG have not looked like their TI-winning selves. But, with a few more weeks of bootcamping ahead of them to help give themselves more time to get back into playing shape and to acclimate better to Pers Anders Olsson ‘Pajkatt‘ Lille, there’s a huge chance that OG will come back even stronger in their first official DPC LAN appearance together next year.
Surprisingly enough, the top three teams at the DreamLeague Season 10 minor failed to qualify for both the second Major and Minor of the season. The champions, Tigers, bowed out of the open qualifiers in Southeast Asia. The same fate would befall the surging CIS organization, Natus Vincere. In fact, of the three, Royal Never Give Up would come closest. Albeit, their performance still was less than ideal as they finished last among four teams.
The Complete Bucharest Minor Team List
- Ninjas in Pyjamas
- Keen Gaming
- Team Team
- Playmakers Esports
- Gambit Esports
- BOOM ID
As you can see, this is an entirely different slate of teams we’re dealing with. Although most of the teams at the Chongqing Major are roughly the same teams who played at the Kuala Lumpur Major, the Bucharest Minor team list is a whole new set.
Surprisingly enough, Ninjas in Pyjamas are part of the pool. After placing fourth at the Kuala Lumpur Major, the Peter ‘ppd‘ Dager-led European mix struggled to adapt to the new patch. It also certainly didn’t help that they were playing in Europe; the return of Team Liquid and OG meant that there were far too many good teams in the region. Unfortunately for Ninjas in Pyjamas, it was them who got the short end of the proverbial stick.
Speaking of surprises, Playmakers Esports’ entry comes out of nowhere. Most had already all but given Jacky ‘EternaLEnVy‘ Mao the spot once he decided to take his talents to South America after a short-tint in North America with compLexity Gaming earlier this season. But, as it is, Infamous seem to need a bit more time to gel together to be a true contender in South America. Either way, their presence, and that of the other emerging teams, should help elevate the play of Dota 2 teams in South America.
Lastly, while all eyes will be on OG or Ninjas in Pyjamas at this tournament, don’t sleep on EHOME. A team coached by TI4 champion Zhang ‘xiao8‘ Ning and captained by TI6 champion Zhang ‘y`‘ Yiping, this team is easily the biggest dark horse among the Bucharest Minor team list.
The second Minor of the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit will run from January 9 to 13, 2019 at the PGL Studios in Bucharest, Romania. In addition to the $300,000 prize pool, also on the line is the sixteenth and final spot for the Chongqing Major on January 19 to January 27.
Which teams are you most surprised to see make it part of the Bucharest Minor team list? Do you think OG will win? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.