Dota 2 DPC Finals Kick Off Tomorrow!
While the cancellation of 2022’s first Dota 2 Major came as a blow to fans of the game worldwide, it was somewhat placated with the announcement of the regional finals. While they come nowhere close in terms of excitement and stakes, it was better than nothing in their stead. Weeks have passed since the conclusion of the regular DPC season and it’s almost time for the top teams of the region to shine. Over the next two weekends, we’ll be witnessing the best of what each Dota 2 region has to offer.
Here’s what to expect:
The SEA DPC showed that the region was as volatile as our regular pub games, with what seemed like an easy sweep for T1 turning into a walk in the park for BOOM Esports. After ditching their all-Indonesian roster and bringing in Filipino blood, they’ve been giving the rest of the region a good spanking and ended the season with a 6-1 score. Making up the rest of the top four are T1, Team SMG and Fnatic (all of them 5-2), who established a clear divide between them and the rest of the teams who finished with 2 victories or less.
T1 have proven themselves a worthy squad, finishing top eight at the last TI and multiple top fours (including some wins) over the past year, so they’ve always been a team to look out for. However, they did make a last-minute roster change this week, swapping 23 Savage out for Gabbi. Will they be able to retain their chemistry or will they surpass expectations? Only one way to find out. Fnatic have found success this season after some roster changes, but the core of the team has always been part of the region’s gatekeepers so it’s no surprise to see them here. Team SMG performed remarkably well this season, and after going through the grind of open qualifiers and lower division, it’s great to see MidOne back on top. It’ll be the biggest tournament he’s been part of for a while, so we’ll have to see how it plays out. More info.
Frequently referred to as the best region in the world due to the prominence of the players and organisations in the scene, expect a bloodbath this final. Team Liquid, Gladiators (formerly Team Tickles), Tundra and OG will be the representatives.
Liquid’s revitalised roster outclassed the rest of the region this season and gave them an almost flawless finish (their only loss was against Nigma who won’t be present here) so they’ll be coming in as heavy favourites. Gladiator, who were underdogs at the beginning of the season are another team to look out for. They have proven that they have what it takes to hang with the best, coming in at second. Tundra and OG have both shown sparks of brilliance this season but leave a lot to be desired in terms of consistency. Perhaps they can show their true forms this weekend. More info.
It’s a bit disappointing to know that we won’t be seeing our SA boys creating upsets at the major this season, but they still know how to put on a good show. Heading to the final are Thunder Awaken (previously Thunder Predator), Infamous U.esports, beastcoast and APU King of Kings.
Thunder wrecked everyone during the DPC with a 7-0 score, so they will be the heavy favourites, with Infamous not far behind. beastcoast, whose players have been together since July 2019 are beginning to show their age as a squad. Can their 4-protect-K1 strategy continue to work? They definitely need to show more of their hand. APU King of Kings haven’t been around for too long nor have they won anything significant, so they’ll be the underdogs for this final - maybe it’ll be their time to claim their first major W. More info.
For over a year, PSG.LGD has remained one of the most consistent Dota 2 teams in the world, finishing top 4 in every tournament they’ve been a part of and winning more than a few. While they failed to win the aegis last year, they’re still a very good team and it’s no surprise to see them here. Team Aster, the hometown slayers along with Royal Never Give Up (Somnus`M’s current team) will have to play their hearts out on the weekend to stand a chance against PSG.LGD. EHOME is a big surprise here, as the organization has been pretty quiet in terms of Dota 2 results over the past couple of years but their latest roster has shown a lot of promise. More info.
As expected, the TI winners, Team Spirit had no trouble during the DPC, only dropping a single game (not match) all season. Second place was a surprise, belonging to the fresh faces of PuckChamp - they finally get a spot in the limelight. Virtus.pro, last year’s EEU top dogs have been a little shaky since their roster change but they still managed to top four the season. Lastly, we have HellRaisers, another brand new squad looking to prove themselves. It’s probably going to be a Team Spirit victory, but stranger things have happened in the past. Keep an eye out for Magnus on Collapse. More info.
This was probably the easiest region to predict, with Quincy Crew, Team Solo Mid (previously Undying), Evil Geniuses and 4 Zoomers representing the region. Not much to say except that EG has been left pretty shaky since their roster adjustment, while Quincy Crew seem to be flourishing despite their changes. TSM are as solid as ever, with Moon and the boys looking to show to the organization that they made the right decision signing them. 4 Zoomers might be the weakest of the four teams, especially since they lost to the other three teams during the season. Hopefully, they’ll have some hidden strats to unveil. More info.
All the action starts tomorrow with the SEA region, do follow the official Dota 2 Esports website for schedules and more information.