With the pre-TI stretch of LAN tournaments and direct invites already handed out, we’re finally headed into the TI7 regional qualifiers.
With that said, let’s take a look at what will likely happen at the TI7 regional qualifiers for the top-heavy SEA region.
Southeast Asia (3 Slots)
- Clutch Gamers
- Team Faceless
- TNC Pro Team
- Geek Fam
The battle for the top slot for the SEA TI7 regional qualifiers will undoubtedly be between TNC Pro Team and Team Faceless. The two have been the most consistent teams from the SEA region throughout the whole year. But, don’t be surprised if the other teams mess up the whole status quo.
Lest we forget, it was only a month ago when Clutch Gamers took the SEA region by surprise and defeated well-known SEA teams to qualify for 4 LAN tournaments in less than one month. True, their performance at The Manila Masters 2017 and EPICENTER 2017 was less than desirable. However, now that they most likely have their tournament jitters out of the way, betting against Clutch Gamers to make a run for one of the slots is definitely not a good idea.
Of course, we simply just can’t discount the other teams. Mushi’s new team, Mineski.GGNetwork, will look to surprise in what would be their first taste of professional competition as a team. The new-look Fnatic roster, who recently took 3rd-4th place at the Zotac Cup Masters, have had time to gel and iron out issues as well. HappyFeet, who recently competed at Galaxy Battle 2017, and Geek Fam are definitely in the running for a slot as well.
The Battle For The Third Slot
Barring an unlikely collapse from the SEA powerhouses, TNC Pro Team and Faceless, however, the real battle starts with the 3rd slot.
Will it go to Clutch Gamers? The team does extremely well at qualifiers, so it wouldn’t be that much of a surprise. However, Mineski’s new roster boast veteran leadership, more experience, and arguably, much more talent on paper. Underestimating them would be a huge mistake. Then there’s Fnatic, who also roster considerably talented individuals and have had some time to figure out how to play off of each other.
Then again, the rest of the SEA TI7 regional qualifiers teams seem to be dead even as far as their chances for the third slot goes. The entirety of the qualifiers will definitely be an absolute blood bath and a must-watch for fans of DOTA.
If we were to pick just one team to make it out, though, we’ll have to go with Fnatic. The team’s latest roster just looks much more stable from top to bottom. Not to mention the current patch favours the hyper-aggressive playstyle of Kim “QO” Seon-yeop.
PREDICTIONS: TNC Pro Team, Faceless, Fnatic
TI7 Regional Qualifiers
The following five days will definitely play host to some of the most exciting DOTA matches in recent weeks as teams battle it out for a shot at what will likely be the largest prize pool in eSports history.
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