Mineski absolutely obliterates regional rivals with perfect 6-0 performance, claims lone Southeast Asian slot at StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor Season 2
After 2 days of action within the Southeast Asian region, the winner of the StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor Season 2 Southeast Asia qualifier has officially been determined. 4 squads came into this event hoping for one final chance to display its strength on the Pro Circuit stage, but only 1 of those teams managed to earn a place in Kiev at the season’s last Minor. Said victorious squad turned out to be Mineski, as the team put together a perfect 6-0 run against its regional rivals to earn a return to the Pro Circuit stage. The upcoming Minor will be the team’s first Minor appearance of the 2018-2019 campaign, and its third Pro Circuit appearance of the season in total. As for the 3 defeated squads in the field, their shot at earning a place on the Pro Circuit stage has now come and gone, and the focus for them will almost certainly be preparations for the upcoming TI9 qualifiers. Before there is any talk of those qualifiers though, it would be prudent to review the outcome of this one, as we take a look at how each of the team in the field performed in this qualifier.
1st (Qualified for StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor Season 2)
After what can only be described as a disastrous performance in the recent Major qualifier, Mineski was in need of a dramatic turnaround as it fought its way through the open qualifiers to earn a shot at redemption in this event. As it turned out, the absolute trouncing that it received in that previous appearance appeared to serve as the perfect wake up call for the squad, as Mineski proceeded to put together a perfect 6-0 record against its regional rivals in this event to secure itself a place on the Pro Circuit stage in Kiev. The team was firing on all cylinders in this event, with the core trio of AhJit, Moon, and kpii putting together some particularly impressive performances. Across the team’s 6 matches in this event, said trio record a total of just 18 deaths while putting together 8 0 death performances between them as well. The level of dominance that Mineski displayed against its regional rivals was simply absurd, and if the squad can continue to perform anywhere even close to that level at the Minor itself, then the squad will be an extremely dangerous opponent in that final Minor of the season.
Power of MYSG+AU
For the second time in a row, Power of MYSG+AU found itself playing in the Grand Finals of a Pro Circuit qualifier, and for the second time in a row, the squad ended up falling short of the mark to earn a place on the Pro Circuit stage. This time around, it was Mineski that stood in the squad’s way, as Power of MYSG+AU suffered all 4 of its losses against that particular opponent in what was otherwise a fairly impressive 4-4 performance in this event. Between this showing and its previous performance in the Major qualifier, it would appear that Power of MYSG+AU has the potential to push for a status as a legitimate power within its home region, if it can continue to play at this level moving forward. With the TI9 qualifier looming on the horizon, the team will have an incredible opportunity to continue showing its strength against its regional rivals with quite a few more eyes watching it as it competes for a place in Shanghai.
Filipino squad Team Adroit came into this Minor qualifier perceived as one of the weaker teams in the field, seemingly lacking the star power, veteran experience, or previous success of its competitors. However, the team wasn’t content to simply be written off as an easy target for its regional rivals, and managed to put together an admirable performance that saw it avoid the bottom spot in the event standings with a 2-5 record and a 3rd place finish overall. While the squad did suffer a pair of 0-2 defeats at the hands of Power of MYSG+AU, Team Adroit showed off a degree of tenacity and potential as it took down BOOM ID 2-1 in a high pressure elimination series. In the end, the team’s overall performance wasn’t exactly mind blowing, but it should certainly come as some sort of positive sign for the squad as it heads into the final days of the Pro Circuit season and prepares for the onset of the TI9 qualifiers.
It would appear that BOOM ID’s streak of consecutive Minor appearances has not come to an end, as the Indonesian squad failed to earn itself a place in Kiev with a 1-4 overall record in this Minor qualifier. The good news for the squad is that it managed to avoid going winless in this event with a single victory over Team Adroit. The bad news though, is that the team did not look good at all in this qualifier, with an average match length of just over 27 minutes. Out killed 75-117 across its 5 total matches, the squad rarely looked to be in control against its regional rivals as it turned in one of its weaker performances of the season in terms of qualifier runs. From what we’ve seen in earlier appearances, it’s clear that BOOM ID is capable of much more than this, but with the final round of Pro Circuit qualifiers now officially over, the next opportunity for the squad to display its strength will be an event with the highest possible stakes for the team as it will look to claim a place at the biggest event in the Dota 2 world in the TI9 qualifiers.