The closed regional qualifiers for the Kuala Lumpur Major will mark the official start of the 2018-2019 Dota Pro Circuit season. The road to TI9 starts now and it will be played with a new set of rules implemented by Valve.
One of the biggest changes is bound to significantly impact the competitive scene as no teams will be directly invited to the Majors and Minors part of the DPC system. The only exception from this rule applies for the Minors winners who will automatically qualify for the next Major. This forces the tournament organizers to open 15 spots in the closed regional qualifiers, with eight teams fighting in each of the regions, but the qualifying slots allocation for each region is still up to Valve to be decided.
At the first Major of the season, for instance, China received three slots. Four teams were directly invited in the closed regionals and four more joined them via open brackets.
KL Major Chinese qualifiers participating teams:
- PSG.LGD (invited)
- Newbee (invited)
- Team Serenity (invited)
- Vici Gaming (invited)
- Team Aster (open qualifier #1)
- RNG (open qualifier #1)
- DeathBringer (open qualifier #2)
- EHOME (open qualifier #2)
The post TI8 shuffle in the Chinese region brought a plethora of new squads, some created at the initiative of retired players, some put together by renowned organization in other competitive games, like the one of Royal Never Give Up (RNG), for example. Today we make a small recap of who are the four open qualifiers winners.
Team Aster roster was carefully assembled by Xu “BurNIng” Zhilei, who kept the headlines for a couple of days during the post TI8 shuffle period.
Even before TI8, BurNIng was rumored to work on a new project, which initially was believed to be the resurrection of Team DK. In the post TI8 shuffle his wife broke the news about BurNIng’s new team on Weibo, when she was complaining that a certain organization is changing the transaction fees for two of its players. The drama unfolded fast and in just a one day span it was revealed that Vici Gaming was negotiating with BurNIng for Liu “Sylar” Jiajun and Lu “Fenrir” Chao. In the end, from a 2 -3 million RMB offer, BurNIng closed the negations with the Vici Gaming on Weibo when the two parts settled for 4,000,000 RMB. The next day the roster was announced, featuring a few other players, who were in fact, reported even before TI8 to have been tested by the B God.
Team Aster roster from position 1 to 5:
– Liu “Sylar” Jiajun
– Deng “Dstones”“ Lei
– Lin “Xxs” Jing
– Ye “BoBoKa” Zhibiao
– Lu “Fenrir” Chao
RNG’s entrance in the Dota 2 world was not a smooth move given the conflict it ignited and the fact that it was exposed to the entire world. However, this is not the very first time when they try to venture into this field. Back in 2012, they had a short-lived Dota 2 team which didn’t achieve any notable results and therefore got fully dissolved in 2013, citing internal organizational problems.
Much like BurNIng, RNG got also involved in an ugly transfer scandal this shuffle when LGD revealed that Du “Monet” Peng was refusing to honor his contractual agreements and instead was asking for his contract with LGD Forever Young to be terminated, so he can join the Royal’s ranks. The LGD – Monet conflict was made public and it painted the ugly picture of players and big organizations fighting over contractual obligations. After nearly one week of several legal documents exchanged between LGD and Monet, RNG finally manned up and paid a 5 million RMB transaction fee for the player. Unfortunately, although they were directly involved, RNG didn’t make any statement until the conflict was settled and the team was signed up in the KL Major open qualifiers.
RNG roster from position 1 to 5:
– Du “Monet” Peng
– Gao “Setsu” Zhenxiong
– Sun “Srf” Runfa
– Tue “ah fu” Soon Chuan
– Adam Shah “343” bin Akhtar Hussein
DeathBringer Gaming was created by the former EHOME team leader. Perhaps not surprising at all, Wang “H2O” Wenhao, who is now the DeathBringer manager, got on loan three players from EHOME, Hym, Guvara and Ms. Zhang “LaNm” Zhicheng, the captain of the team, despite the fact that he didn’t play this past season with EHOME, is another staple player of theirs, who was on loan until now to Vici Gaming.
DeathBringer Gaming roster from position 1 to 5:
– Yang “Ms” Yongjie
– Liu “Freeze” Chang
– Hu “Guvara” Sen
– Zhang “LaNm” Zhicheng
– Xu “Hym” Zhi
EHOME is the last team joining the fray and they start the season with a mix of newcomers and veterans. Two of the old EHOME were kept by the organization, along with the team coach, Zhang “xiao8” Ning. The two players remaining from the previous season are the TI6 champions with Wings, Zhang “y`” Yiping and Zhang “Faith_bian” Ruida, joined now by three players brought on loan, two from CDEC Gaming and one from Keen Gaming.
EHOME roster from position 1 to 5:
– Luo “sea mew” Bin
– Zhang “Faith_bian” Ruida
– Jiang “天命” An
– Zhang “y`” Yiping
The closed regional qualifiers are held in two steps, a GSL group stage, where the eight participants were split into two groups of four, and a playoff double elimination bracket. No teams will be eliminated at the end of the group stage, but the top two teams from each group will be seeded in the upper bracket in the playoffs, while bottom two teams from each group will fight for a spot at the Kuala Lumpur Major from the lower bracket.
KL Major Chinese qualifiers groups:
|Group A||Group B|
China was given three qualifying spots for this Major and, therefore, the team who will get first to the grand finals from the upper bracket and the two who will reach the lower bracket finals will make it to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia this November.
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