With two regional qualifiers completed, the next TI qualifier taking place is the Southeast Asian qualifier. This qualifier will follow the same double-elimination format as the rest.
T1 was the only Southeast Asian team to qualify for TI during the Dota Pro Circuit after their third-place finish at the AniMajor. This makes the SEA qualifier one of the more stacked qualifiers and leaves 15 strong teams to compete for a single spot:
Though they missed the first Major, TNC Predator finished second in the DPC season two and had an impressive showing at the AniMajor, claiming a top 8 finish after knocking out Team Aster. They were only a few series away from qualifying to TI but unfortunately fell a bit short. Based on recent performances, they’re a strong contender.
Several of the larger names in the region have undergone some roster changes. OB Neon released Prieme Ejay "PlayHard" Banquil and brought on offlaner Michael Roi "Enryu" Ladines from South Built Esports while switching Rolen Andrei Gabriel "skem" Ong over to position four. Fnatic brought on Yang "Deth" Wu Heng and moved Ng "ChYuan" Kee Chyuan to the mid lane, a position he’s very familiar with. Team SMG acquired Kam "Moon" Boon Seng after he was removed from Fnatic. With a number of different roster shuffles, it’s hard to gauge how well these teams will perform in the qualifier.
Fnatic has continued to make roster changes when they don’t get the results they’re looking for and doesn’t leave much time for the players to gel together. Moon was seen as the biggest issue for the team for quite some time, so perhaps Fnatic will be able to pull through in the qualifier. Fnatic has appeared at every TI since TI3 and this may be the end of that streak.
Execration surprised everyone in the second season. The team went from barely holding their place in the Upper Division to securing a Wild Card spot. They weren’t able to make it out of said Wild Card but they tied series with big names such as Vici Gaming and Invictus Gaming. If they’ve continued to improve since the Major, they have a chance.
Thai squad Motivate.Trust Gaming tore up the SEA Lower Division with an undefeated record. The squad had shown great promise before the beginning of DPC but carry player Souliya "JaCkky" Khoomphetsavong and offlaner Natthaphon "Masaros" Ouanphakdee were poached by bigger teams. After disappointing results, they were released and MTG was restored to its former glory. An underdog in the qualifier, MTG have a decent shot.
The qualifier will begin on June 30 beginning with TNC Predator versus Team SMG in the upper bracket and 496 Gaming versus Army Geniuses in the lower bracket. Stay up to date using our event hub