For the last four days, Dota 2 teams from all six regions have competed for spots at the next Dota 2 Pro Circuit Minor: StarLadder ImbaTV Minor. Eight teams have now qualified, one from each region, with two from China and two from the CIS region.
From February 9-12, the various regions ran qualifiers of varying types. Four regions ran double elimination brackets, while Europe and CIS used alternatives. In Europe, there was a group stage with a two-game series round robin that seeded the top two teams in each group into a single elimination bracket. In CIS, there were two double elimination brackets, with some teams directly seeded into the second bracket based on performance during the DreamLeague Season 11 Major CIS Qualifier.
It was, perhaps, more complicated than it needed to be, but we got there eventually.
By region, the eight teams that qualified are:
China: Royal Never Give Up; Vici Gaming
CIS: Gambit Esports; Old but Gold
North America: Flying Penguins
South America: Team Odd
Southeast Asia: BOOM ID
A highlight to watch is the first ten minutes of the European Grand Finals, featuring OG versus Alliance. Topias “Topson” Taavitsainen got a sneaky courier snipe on Monkey King, helping kickstart his team’s game. OG would ultimately win the series 3-0. The squad, who won The International 2018, have struggled to find their footing this season.