4 SEA squads look to rise up to claim spots near the top of the regional hierarchy with a place at the first Minor of the season in Stockholm.
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 continue our preview of the DreamLeague Season 10 Minor Qualifiers with a look at the Southeast Asian 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 (2 direct invites, 2 Open Qualifier slots), we’ll be narrowing the sections down from 4 to 2: Favored Teams and Unfavored 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.
Marc Polo Luis “Raven” Fausto
Kee Chyuan “ChYuan” Ng
Khoo “Ohaiyo” Chong Xin
Nico “eyyou” Barcelon
Ng “YamateH” Wei Poong
The excitement and hype around the formation of this new Lotac lineup in the offseason was significant, and the team managed to live up to those expectations with a fairly impressive performance in the Major Qualifiers as it finished in 3rd place overall. Despite some significant struggles in the Group Stage, Lotac was able to push through 3 straight series in the Lower Bracket before losing to TNC Predator. With TNC Predator and Fnatic both out of the field for this qualifier after earning their place in Kuala Lumpur, Lotac appears to be in line for a successful run in this Minor Qualifier so long as it can maintain the level of play that we saw from it just a few days ago. However, with a smaller field of teams and a more tightly contested bracket, the margin for error might be even lower for Lotac, which means that the team is likely going to need to rely heavily on its veterans in order to earn the sole Southeast Asian slot in Stockholm.
Prince Vince “MightySavior” Enriquez
Avelino “Ab1ng” Parungao
Jun “Bokerino” Kanehara
Marvin “Boombacs” Rushton
Keith “keithmendoza” Mendoza
Team Admiral gave us quite the impressive performance in its previous qualifier appearance, as the squad’s new lineup beat out teams like Mineski, Tigers, and Execration to finish 4th in The Kuala Lumpur Major Southeast Asia Qualifier. Though the team missed out on an immediate spot at the Major, it now turns its eyes towards Stockholm and the first Pro Circuit Minor of the season. The good news for Team Admiral is that most of its more formidable opposition will not be playing in this qualifier. Of Team Admiral’s 3 series losses in the previous Pro Circuit qualifier, 2 of them came against Fnatic and TNC Predator, both of whom have already earned a place at the Major. The bad news for the team is that the final team it lost to is fellow DreamLeague Season 10 Minor Southeast Asia Qualifier attendee Lotac. Of course, a single series doesn’t tell the whole story between 2 squads, and Team Admiral’s play in the Major qualifier showed that it at least has the talent it would need to move past Lotac this time around. However, with only 1 slot at the Minor available for this qualifier, and a reduced field of teams, the margin for error is uncomfortably small for Team Admiral and its regional rivals. The team has a solid shot at earning itself a place in the Minor, but even the smallest mistake or misstep could derail Team Admiral’s efforts to make its first ever Pro Circuit appearances as an organization.
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.
Saieful “Fbz” Ilham
Randy Muhammad “Dreamocel” Sapoetra
Dolly “SaintDeLucaz” Van Pelo
Tri “Jhocam” Kuncoro
Alfi “Khezcute” Nelphyana
BOOM ID will be making its first appearance in a Pro Circuit qualifier this season, as the team was unable to fight its way through the Open Qualifier for The Kuala Lumpur Major. The squad has never quite been at the forefront of the Southeast Asian scene, but BOOM ID has long been a squad known in the tier 2 and tier 3 scenes in the region. Most of the squad’s lineup has been together for well over a year now, with the most recent addition to the roster being Fbz back in February of 2018. That roster stability appears to finally be paying off, as the squad has earned itself another shot at reaching the Pro Circuit stage with a place at the Minor. That being said, roster stability won’t get you everywhere, and BOOM ID is still going to have to out play some formidable regional rivals to punch its ticket to Stockholm. The squad’s past performance in Pro Circuit qualifiers doesn’t quite paint the most encouraging picture in terms of consistent play and results, but BOOM ID certainly has the talent to get things done in this qualifier. With a field of just 4 teams though and no Group Stage to act as a warm-up, BOOM ID is going to have to show up ready to play its best brand of Dota from the very start of this qualifier if it wants to have any chance of claiming the Southeast Asian region’s only spot at the Minor.
Lai “Ahjit” Jay Son
Muhammad “inYourdreaM” Rizky
David “MoonMeander” Tan
Kenny “Xepher” Deo
Sivatheeban “1437” Sivanathapillai
There was a fair bit of hype and excitement surrounding Tigers when it announced its updated lineup for the new Pro Circuit season, but that hype was somewhat lessened by a less than impressive performance in the recent Major Qualifier. The team ended up with a 3-6 overall record in that qualifier and failed to win a single series, which makes it somewhat more difficult to have a high level of confidence in the squad heading into this Minor Qualifier. On the other hand, the team does have a roster that benefits from significant previous experience and proven talent, which would make a recovery from its initial poor performance much more likely. The truth is that we can’t be fully sure what to expect from Tigers in this qualifier, and uncertainty is often a detriment to squads on the Pro Circuit. If the team can recover from and improve upon its lackluster effort in the Major Qualifier, then it stands a strong chance of earning itself a place in Stockholm. Otherwise, Tigers will have an incredibly difficult time overcoming some of the other rising squads in the Southeast Asian region.