Southeast Asian qualifiers for the DreamLeague Season 13 Major had already produced some rather interesting results but today we would find out which three teams from the region would be heading to Leipzig in January.
Winners of the most recent and first Major of the Dota 2 Pro Circuit, TNC Predator, were having a tough time in the qualifier group stages, but after a dismantling of Geek Fam, they managed to secure second place and ensure their place in the playoffs. Their opponents were Fnatic, who had looked a shadow of their former selves in recent times – up until now. After going completely unbeaten in the group stage, Fnatic would go on to take down TNC with ease and claim the first spot at the Leipzig Major. The unbeaten run into the event is definitely a positive sign for Fnatic, especially with a victory over such a massive team. For TNC, they would still have another shot at reaching the Major.
Cignal Ultra and Reality Rift would form the two teams fighting in the second semi-final, with both having never entered a Major before. After an amazing group stage, RR were looking to be a new SEA team for all regions to worry about, as they dominated nearly every challenger in their group. Cignal were also surprisingly able to hold their own in their respective group, beating out the likes of Alpha x Hashtag and Boom Esports. When the two met, it was a magnificent series that went the full three-game distance and in the end, it was RR who would make it to their first Major. Cignal would have one last chance at reaching the Major but they would have to get past TNC first.
Champions of a Major versus hopefuls for their first Major would be the story for the final series of the DreamLeague Season 13 SEA qualifiers. Cignal managed to take the first game of the series with relative ease but TNC came back strong to tie the series and take it to a decisive game three. While the final game was looking extremely close, near 30-minutes in disaster struck as the entire Cignal Ultra squad disconnected from the game for an elongated period. After chatting to the admin, the game was unpaused without any of the Cignal squad in the game – due to the length of the paused period. As such, TNC had what was basically a free win and a 2-1 victory in unfortunate circumstances.
Unfortunately for Cignal, that would send them into the Minor qualifiers alongside Neon Esports, Geek Fam and Boom Esports while TNC Predator join Fnatic and Reality Rift as the SEA representatives in January’s Major.