TI11 WEU Regional Qualifier is probably the most anticipated qualifier for the Worldwide 11 (TI11). Filled with sturdy contenders, from former Worldwide Champions to high-profile gamers, Western Europe is one area each Dota 2 participant acknowledges and desires to characterize.
Whereas OG, Tundra Esports and Gaimin Gladiators hailed as TI11 direct invitations, many powerhouses are nonetheless eyeing for tickets. Which of the 4 massive ones misses out completely?
Opening matches to set the tone
We now have 4 openers and all “favorites” have an opponent they are going to be examined in opposition to. Let’s dig into every one.
Staff Liquid vs DGG Esports
Staff Liquid began off a stack of promising gamers, that includes Lasse “MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen and Ludwig “zai” Wåhlberg amongst different outstanding gamers. But, Liquid fell off drastically over the previous Excursions, setting them again from securing a direct invite.
Up in opposition to DGG Esports, the chances are in opposition to the latter regardless of Liquid’s poor efficiency all through ESL One Malaysia 2022. DGG is merely a stack of all-stars, and whereas they carried out decently to position third in Division 2, we gained’t count on any upsets on Liquid.
Goonsquad vs Nigma Galaxy
The match-up will get barely extra attention-grabbing with Nigma concerned. The previous TI7 Champions have remained collectively for the longest of their profession, aside from Syed “SumaiL” Hassan. On paper, SumaiL is arguably among the many biggest mid-players however carries an notorious fame to be a really unorthodox participant. With a file of poor synergy with many groups moreover Evil Geniuses, it baffles us why Nigma decides to recruit SumaiL.
However, Nigma doubtless has a greater probability of success in opposition to goonsquad, which is led by former TI3 Champion, Gustav “s4” Magnusson. Whereas most veteran gamers deteriorate as a carry participant with age, s4 nonetheless seamlessly maintain his personal in opposition to the present competitors.
That mentioned, goonsquad as an total crew simply doesn’t pose a lot menace, particularly after they positioned final at DPC WEU Tour 3 Division 1.
Staff Secret vs Into The Breach
Secret regained their momentum as a powerhouse they had been as soon as acknowledged as. After choosing up Roman “Resolut1on” Fomynok, Secret managed to showcase their capabilities on the ESL One Malaysia 2022, inserting a commendable third place. As such, we will count on Secret to be among the many fan favorites to win TI11 WEU Regional Qualifier.
Into The Breach is actually no pushover and delivered a good showcase of a constant crew in Division 2. Sadly, Secret is extra favorable as they may leverage on Resolut1on as their wild card going into the qualifiers.
We witnessed how Secret snowballed with sturdy picks and gave Staff OG a run for his or her cash. Particularly Reso’s Enigma, which grew to become an underlying menace in each crew struggle. Baqyt “Zayac” Emiljanov, who changed YapZor as semi-support, has achieved wonders too. Moreover, we’ve but to see Zayac’s signature heroes, which he’s notoriously identified for.
Alliance vs Entity
Amongst the old-school powerhouse namesakes, Alliance has been the worst in efficiency and nonetheless did not recuperate from the ditch. They’ve been bashed time and time once more for each loss, which highlighted the roster’s drawback as an entire.
What begins as a sluggish transition from the brand new gamers, shortly begins to make Nikolay “Nikobaby” Nikolov look sloppy. Frankly, Alliance would possibly simply have to reform all the roster from scratch as a result of it has been an absolute disappointment.
However, Entity is the brand new staple in Division 1 and made its main debut this DPC (2021-22). It options younger prodigies, together with the controversial Ivan “Pure” Moskalenko. There’s no questioning that Entity can defeat Alliance, and be within the operating to win the qualifier altogether.
The TI11 Western Europe Regional Qualifier has a number of attention-grabbing candidates to qualify for TI11 this yr, and it’s not simply the acquainted powerhouse manufacturers. That is nice, contemplating how low conventional powerhouses have fallen off, so we will see some new faces at TI11.
However, it’s only one qualifying slot, however two others can have their second probability in Final Likelihood qualifiers.