First leg of Southeast Asia open regional qualifiers for The International 2019 finished today with three teams advancing further into the competition for the one ticket available to Shanghai, China.
Valve handed direct invites to the closed SEA regional qualifiers only to Mineski and BOOM ID. Six more squads are expected to join them via open brackets and the first wave of matches brings a full Filipino team to the closed regionals, three of the Korean Dota 2 overlords teamed up with Gunnar and the full Indonesian line-up of EVOS Esports.
Team Jinesbrus was formed only very recently, with the main purpose of trying their best in the SEA qualifiers, by former MVP/Immortals members who gave Nico “Gunnar” Lopez another shot at fighting for a life changing tournament. The NA mid laner was caught in the middle of a drama towards the end of the season, when he was removed from the roster of a team that was qualified for the Paris Major. Since then, he tried for a final sprint via European region when Chaos took him in for the EPICENTER regional qualifiers. His venture wasn’t successful and more recently he was rumored to have formed a stack with Kim “Febby” Yong-min and the former J.Storm players Lee “Forev” Sang-don and Park “March” Tae-won. The first step towards a new beginning was made by the five Jinesbrus members today with their clean run in the opens.
Team Jinesbrus roster from position 1 to 5:
- 23 savage
- Nico “Gunnar” Lopez
- Lee “Forev” Sang-don
- Kim “Febby” Yong-min
- Park “March” Tae-won
Along with Mineski and BOOM ID, this Febby stack is by far the most experienced line-up heading into the next round of matches. However, the other two teams making it out of the open qualifiers in the first wave are also featuring players with a decent amount of games played on international stages.
Team Adroit is a full Filipino stack that benefits from Jun “Bok” Kanehara and Marvin “Boombacs” Rushton competitive experience. They didn’t have the most clean run in the opens, having to force a decisive game three in the semifinals and the finals today, but the result is all that matters for now. They will have about three days to put their ideas in order and have a fresh start in the closed regionals.
Team Androit roster from position 1 to5:
- Jun “Bok” Kanehara
- Marvin “Boombacs” Rushton
Indonesia has a full roster going into the closed regional qualifiers. EVOS Esports managed to win the open rounds decider series after they lost the finals to Team Jinesbrus.
EVOS’ most prominent performances this year were attending the ESL One Hamburg after TNC withdrew from the tournament, and a 3rd-4th place finish last month at WePlay! Dota 2 Tug of War: Dire Asia.
EVOS Esports roster from position 1 to 5:
- Muhammad “inYourdreaM” Rizky
- Usep “Facehugger” Satiawan
- Adit “Aville” Rosenda
- Indra “Vlaicu” Utama
- Matthew “Whitemon” Filemon
Second round of open qualifiers in the SEA region will kick off tomorrow, June 5. Stay tuned as three more teams are set to join the final battle for a TI9 slot.