BOOM ID, Tigers look to return to the Pro Circuit stage while Lotac, DeToNator hope to shake things up and earn their Pro Circuit debuts in the StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor Southeast Asia Qualifier
The regional qualifiers for the DreamLeague Season 11 Major may officially have come to an end, but the path to the Pro Circuit stage is still open for those squads that proved unable to earn themselves a place in Stockholm. The qualifiers for the StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor are set to begin shortly, with squads from the 6 regions of the Dota 2 world hoping to earn an opportunity to lay claim to valuable Pro Circuit Points and take their shot at winning the 16th and final spot in the field for the DreamLeague Season 11 Major. Before we get into talking about which team will claim that final slot and the title of Minor Champion, we need to get through the regional qualifiers first. With that in mind, we’ll take a look at the StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor Southeast Asia Qualifier, where 4 teams will be fighting for 1 spot on the Pro Circuit stage in Kiev. With that reduced field compared to the Major qualifier, we will be dividing the team’s into the 2 sections that have been used for the previous 2 Minor qualifiers: Favored 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 qualifiers.
Randy “Dreamocel” Sapoetra
Rafli “Mikoto” Fathur
Saieful “Fbz” Ilham
Tri “Jhocam” Kuncoro
Alfi “Khezcute” Nelphyana
After coming just 1 game short of the mark to reach the DreamLeague Season 11 Major, Indonesian squad BOOM ID enters this Minor qualifier as one of the more formidable squads in the 4 team field. Since the start of 2019, the team has been able to put together a relatively strong 15-7 record against its regional rivals, with 4 of those 7 total losses having come at the hands of Mineski. With Mineski not participating in this Minor qualifier, the odds of success for BOOM ID get just that little bit more favorable heading into this event. However, BOOM ID had been far from infallible this season, and there’s no guarantee that the team will be able to replicate its previous success against its regional rivals this time around. If BOOM ID is going to earn itself a place in Kiev for the Minor, then it is going to need another strong performance from its Carry/Mid duo of Dreamocel and Mikoto. Said duo combined to average 14.75 kills and 16.38 assists with 7.5 deaths per game across the team’s Major qualifier run, and those are the numbers that they will need to emulate for BOOM ID to claim the lone Southeast Asian slot at the StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor.
Marc Polo Luis “Raven“ Fausto
Kee Chyuan “ChYuan“ Ng
Khoo “Ohaiyo“ Chong Xin
Rolen Andrei Gabriel “Skemberlu“ Ong (Stand-in)
Ng “YamateH” Wei Poong
Lotac’s season to this point has been one of the more interesting, and perhaps frustrating, stories within the Southeast Asian region, as the squad prepares for its 5th Pro Circuit qualifier. Time and time again, the squad has come close to reaching the mark to earn a place on the Pro Circuit stage, but the squad has consistently come up short in those attempts. The goods news for the team is that it has been able to continuously put itself into positions to threaten for those spots, with Lotac notching 7 Top 4 finishes across 8 non-open qualifier appearances in the Southeast Asian region this season. With the region’s heavy hitters like Fnaitc, TNC Predator, and the new Mineski roster out of this Minor qualifier field, Lotac is now staring down what is perhaps its best chance at finally breaking through in its home region and earning itself a place on the Pro Circuit stage. We will have to wait and see if the squad if able to capitalize on this newest opportunity, or if the squad will wind up coming up short again.
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.
Ryan “Bimbo“ Jay Qui
Benhur “Benhur“ Lawis
Samson Solomon Enojosa “Sam_H“ Hidalgo
Kenneth “Flysolo“ Coloma
Ralph Richard “RR“ Peñano
DeToNator comes into this event as the third squad in the field to have participated in the recent Major qualifier, though the squad did not put together an impressive performance against its regional rivals with a 2-6 record and a 7th-8th place finish. After fighting its way through the open qualifiers though, the team has earned its shot at redemption, as it will look to claim the lone Southeast Asian spot in Kiev and make its debut on the Pro Circuit stage. In order to do that though, DeToNator is going to need to pull of a dramatic change in terms of its level of play, as the squad looked overwhelmed and outmatched in its previous qualifier run. In the run up to that Major qualifier, DeToNator’s veteran players were touted as one of the team’s biggest assets, and that experience will need to play a much larger role for the squad if it wants to have a real shot at earning itself a place at the Minor. A successful qualifier run is certainly a possibility for this DeToNator squad, but the changes that it needs to make in order to find that success gives the team a significantly tougher path to the Pro Circuit stage compared to some of the other teams in the field.
David “MoonMeander” Tan
Danil “Dendi” Ishutin (Loan)
Kim “Velo” Tae-sung (Stand-in)
Kenny “Xepher” Deo
Sivatheeban “1437” Sivanathapillai
In the wake of the team claiming the first Minor Championship of the season at the DreamLeague Season 10 Minor, Tigers has suffered through something of a drop off in recent times. The team has faded a bit within its home region, and has yet to make a return trip to the Pro Circuit stage. Many in the region and in the Dota 2 world at large believed that the organization’s recent roster changes could prove to be a catalyst for the team, but even those changes appear to have come with some issues, as Tigers does not enter this qualifier with its full roster. Mushi will not be joining Tigers in this Minor qualifier, with Velo of WarriorsGaming.Unity standing in for the squad after playing with the team through its successful open qualifier performance. Even without Mushi in the lineup, this Tigers squad is a formidable one, with skilled and significantly experienced players on the roster. However, the team’s list of results since adding Mushi and Dendi to the lineup is limited to just a pair of open qualifier runs, which introduces a small issue for it heading into this event. To its credit, Tigers managed to earn Top 4 finishes in both of those open qualifiers, but that limited experience with its current roster and the use of a stand-in for this event constitute big enough concerns to drop Tigers just that one step below some of its regional rivals. We will have to wait and see if the squad can push past those concerns and fight its way back to the Pro Circuit stage with a strong showing in this Minor qualifier.