Pro Circuit Qualifier Preview – StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor Season 2 Southeast Asia Qualifier

Team Adroit joins a trio of returning squads from the Major qualifier as 4 squads compete for 1 spot on the Pro Circuit stage in the StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor Season 2 Southeast Asia Qualifier

The second round of regional qualifiers for the final Minor of the 2018-2019 season is set to begin soon, as the field of teams for the StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor is beginning to take shape. Southeast Asia will be included in that latter group of regional qualifiers, with the action set to kick off on May 23 as 4 SEA teams compete for the region’s lone spot in Kiev. The duo of Power of MYSG+AU and BOOM ID will be returning from the Major qualifier as the two directly invited squads for this event. Meanwhile, Team Adroit and Mineski will complete the field for this Minor qualifier, with the duo earning their places in this event with successful runs in the open qualifier.

With only 1 slot at the Minor available for the Southeast Asian region and a field of just 4 teams, the format for this regional qualifier is relatively short and straightforward. The 4 participating squads will be seeded into a double elimination bracket, with all match ups in said bracket being played in a Bo3 format. With the field of teams reduced from the size that we saw in the recent Major qualifier, we will be shifting the categories for the participants from 4 down to just 2: Favored Teams and Underdog 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 the smaller field of teams for these qualifiers compared to the Major qualifiers, the margin between the squads in this section compared to the other may not be particularly high. However, these teams have, or at least appear to have, 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

BOOM ID has managed to carve out a fairly favorable position for itself within the Southeast Asian region, and if the season were to end today that achievement alone would be an impressive one for the Indonesian squad. However, the team has shown itself to not be content with that accomplishment alone, as the team has continued its efforts to push up the regional hierarchy. With its 8-7 record and 4th place finish in the recent Major qualifier, the squad showed that it still hasn’t quite reached the point where it is ready to contend with the top squads in the region. With two of the region’s strongest squads not participating in this Minor qualifier though, BOOM ID appears to stand as one of the stronger squads in this reduced field of teams. All season long, BOOM ID has been a squad that has been led from the front, and if the squad wants to earn one last appearance on the Pro Circuit stage, the Carry/Mid duo of Dreamocel and Mikoto will have to show up and put together some big performances against their regional rivals. If the pair can come through and produce at a high level, then BOOM ID will certainly have a strong chance at earning its fourth Minor appearance of the season and claiming the lone SEA slot at the StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor Season 2.

No Team Logo Power of MYSG+AU
Cheng “NothingToSay” Jin Xiang
Cheng “vtFαded” Jia Hao
Kim “Velo” Tae-sung
Wilson “Poloson” Koh Chin Wei
Chan“WinteR” Litt Binn

Power of MYSG+AU was perhaps the most interesting story across the entirety of the recent Major qualifiers, as a team of young talents and veteran players banded together to very nearly bring the region’s leaders to their knees. The squad came just 1 game away from earning a place at the Major, nearly defeating a Fnatic squad that most consider to be the premier squad in the Southeast Asian region. The question now though is whether the team can put together that kind of performance again in this Minor qualifier, as the squad stands as a clear favorite to claim the lone Southeast Asian spot in Kiev. The task certainly won’t be an easy one, and even the team’s impressive performance in the Major qualifier is no guarantee of success this time around. However, no other squad in the field for this Minor qualifier has proven themselves to be particularly resilient to inconsistent play, which give Power of MYSG+AU a strong shot at finding success against its regional rivals once again.


Underdog Teams

The teams in this section are the squads that appear to have a somewhat harder path to success than some of their regional rivals, and will not be particularly expected to come out on top across the majority of its potential match ups. That being said, the teams in this section shouldn’t  necessarily be considered long shots or teams that are not capable of finding success in this event. They simply appear to stand as 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.

Team Adroit Team Adroit
Jun “Bokerino” Kanehara
Marvin “Boombacs” Rushton

Team Adroit comes into this Minor qualifier as a team with a relatively small profile within the Southeast Asian region. The duo of Bokerino and Boombacs may be names that are familiar to some who follow the regional scene, but the rest of the squad is made up of considerably lesser known players. Because of that, it is somewhat hard to gauge the strength and potential of this team, as the only results  from the squad that we can look at are a pair of open qualifiers runs for both this Minor and the recent Major. Those performances were certainly encouraging, but as of right now, they don’t appear to show us enough to believe that Team Adroit will be able to establish itself as a serious threat for the lone Southeast Asian slot at the Minor. With that in mind, the expectations will be set somewhat lower for this squad, but the reduced field of teams for this event will leave some small degree of hope that the squad can pull off something unexpected and rise to the challenge of taking down its regional rivals in this qualifier.

600px-Mineski-dota_logo Mineski

Lai “Ahjit” Jay Son
Kam “Moon” Boon Seng
Damien “kpii” Chok
Ryan “Bimbo” Jay Qui
Michael “ninjaboogie” Ross Jr.

Mineski appeared to be getting its feet back under it with its recent play in the Southeast Asian region, but the squad suffered a bit of a relapse in the recent Major qualifier as it put together a disappointing performance in said event. After going 3-5 in the at qualifier and failing to advance out of the Group Stage, the confidence levels in Mineski have taken a slight dip coming into this Minor qualifier. To the team’s credit though, it still has more than enough skill and experience to find success against its regional rivals in this event. However, we will need to see that the squad isn’t still suffering from the issues that plagued its Major qualifier run before we can be confident that Mineski is ready to compete for a spot on the Pro Circuit stage again. With that in mind, the expectations will be slightly stunted for the squad heading into this event, but don’t be surprised if the squad manages to bounce back from its poor showing in the last qualifier to put on a stronger performance in this final Pro Circuit qualifier of the season.

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