Pro Circuit Qualifier Preview – DreamLeague Season 10 Minor China Qualifier

A quartet of teams from the Major Qualifier look for a shot at redemption as the DreamLeague Season 10 Minor China Qualifier is set to begin

With the regional qualifier for The Kuala Lumpur Major now concluded, the eyes of the Dota 2 world turn to the accompanying Minor, as the qualifiers for the DreamLeague Season 10 Minor get underway. The winner of the Minor will earn itself the 16th and final spot in the field for The Kuala Lumpur Major, but before we can crown a winner of DreamLeague Season 10, we need to know what teams are going to be competing at the even in the first place. With that in mind, we’ll begin our preview of the DreamLeague Season 10 Minor Qualifiers with a look at the Chinese region. Similarly to the preview posts for the Major, we will be dividing the participants in this qualifier into sections based on their expectations. However, since there are only 4 teams in the field for this qualifier (3 direct invites, 1 Open Qualifier slot), we’ll be narrowing the sections down from 4 to 2: Favored Teams and Unfavored Teams.

Favored Teams

The team(s) in this section represent the more formidable or accomplished teams in the field for the qualifier that appear to have the best chance at claiming a spot at the Minor. Given how small the field is for these qualifiers (4 teams per region), the margin between the squads in this section compared to the other may not be particularly high, but these teams have at least some small advantage based upon their roster or results in the previous Pro Circuit qualifier.

Team Serenity Team Serenity
Roster:

Jin “zhizhizhi”‘ Zhiyi
Zhang “Zyd”‘ Daquan
Zhao “XinQ” Zixing
Xiong “Pyw”‘ Jiahan
Xiao “XCJ”‘ Chaojian

Team Serenity comes into the DreamLeague Season 10 Minor China Qualifier having just missed out on a spot at the Major with a 4th place finish in the previous qualifier. The team showed us some relatively consistent play against its regional rivals in that Major Qualifier, but struggled against top level competition and lost all 3 of its series against teams that qualified for The Kuala Lumpur Major (1 loss to Vici Gaming, 2 losses to Team Aster). The good news for Team Serenity is that neither of those squads will be participating in this qualifier, and the team’s 4th place finish in The Kuala Lumpur Major Qualifier puts it in a position as the leading squad in this field of teams. So long as the team manages to maintain the same level of performance that we saw a few days ago and avoid any significant setbacks, Team Serenity has a strong shot at earning itself a place in Stockholm and the first Minor of the Pro Circuit season.

Newbee_logo Newbee
Roster:

Xu “Moogy” Han
Song “Sccc” Chun
He “Inflame” Yongzheng
Yan “Waixi” Chao
Zeng “Faith” Hongda

Newbee finds itself listed among the “favored” teams for this Minor Qualifier, but the Chinese powerhouse is somewhat far removed from the power that it once held over its home region. The titan of Chinese Dota that reached the Grand Finals of TI7 now stands in a significantly weakened state, and is just 1 day removed from another change to its roster that brought in Support player Waixi to replace Tang “CatYou” Xiaolei. Recent roster changes combined with the squad’s 5th-6th place run in the Major Qualifier do lower the confidence levels in Newbee by a rather significant margin, but the team still has an ace up its sleeve in the form of Moogy and Sccc. The Carry/Mid duo has been the focal point for the team over the course of more than 2 years now, and we’ve seen just how effective they can be regardless of the stage. With a smaller field of teams in the qualifier for this Minor, there’s an increased chance that Moogy and Sccc could simply carry this team to a spot in Stockholm. Should the team’s new addition in Waixi prove ready for top level competition in the Chinese region, then those chances improve significantly. Even without a consistent contribution from the team’s newest member though, Newbee is still a viable threat to claim the single Chinese slot at the Minor.

Unfavored Teams

I know that “favored” and “unfavored” may not be the most dramatic of terms to divide the field for these qualifiers, but with just 4 teams per regional qualifier, it seems the most appropriate. The teams in this section aren’t necessarily underdogs or long shots, they’re just the teams that come in a little bit below the other squads in the field. Whether its a roster change or a poor performance in the previous Pro Circuit qualifier, the teams in this section don’t appear to be quite as strong as the others, though there is still a solid chance that one of them manages to make their way to the Minor.

Royal Never Give Up Royal Never Give Up
Roster:
DuMonetPeng
Gao “Setsu”Zhenxiong
Sun SrfRunfa
Tueah fuSoon Chuan
Adam “343” a.k.a. “Adam” Shah

Royal Never Give Up’s performance in The Kuala Lumpur Major China Qualifier didn’t exactly end up blowing us away, as the team finished in the 5th-6th place position among a field of 8 teams in the region. The good news for the team is that 2 of the squads that it lost to in that previous qualifier (Vici Gaming and Team Aster) have already qualified for the Major and are not among the 4 teams in this field. The bad news though, is that this Royal Never Give Up roster is going to have to step up its level of play this time around if it wants to claim the sole Chinese slot in Stockholm. The team’s roster has more than enough talent and experience to find success both in this qualifier and in the Chinese region as a whole, but its struggles in The Kuala Lumpur Major Qualifiers suggests that this new roster may not be entirely on the same page just yet. Ready or not, Royal Never Give Up is going to be in for quite the fight as it hopes to topple its regional rivals and secure a place at the first Minor of the Pro Circuit season.

800px-EHOME EHOME
Roster:
Luo “Sea mew”Bin
Li “ASD” Zhiwen
ZhangFaith_bianRuida
Jiang “天命” a.k.a “Tiān mìng”An
Zhang y`Yiping

Just 1 week after a rather unimpressive showing in the China Qualifier for The Kuala Lumpur Major, EHOME is back and looking for a chance at redemption as it competes for the sole Chinese spot at the DreamLeague Season 10 Minor. The team finished in the 7th-8th place position in its previous qualifier run, but that performance deserves to be looked at with a bit more scrutiny heading into this second qualifier. Of EHOME’s 6 losses, 4 of them came against regional juggernaut PSG.LGD in a match up that EHOME could not possibly be expected to win. The problem for the team is that its other 2 losses in that qualifier came against Royal Never Give Up, who join EHOME as participants in this Minor Qualifier. With all of that said, its hard to judge a team too poorly based on just that loss and losses to the squad that finished 2nd at TI8, and it’s fully possible that EHOME can put up a stronger fight this time around. However, with only 1 slot at the Minor available in this qualifier, EHOME is almost certainly going to need to play significantly better and minimize any potential mistakes against its regional rivals if it wants to have a serious shot at claiming a place in Stockholm.

 

 

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