With the Arlington Major having recently concluded, the Dota Pro Circuit has come to a close. This means that the window to earn DPC points is over, and the rankings final. The top twelve teams will be going to The International, but for the rest there is still hope. While there will be Regional Qualifiers, there will also be a Last Chance Qualifier. The second and third place teams from each qualifier will compete to earn the last two International invitations. These extra invitations bring the total number of teams competing in The International to twenty.
Eyes On The Prize
Tragically, Fnatic fell just behind Outsiders, who claimed the last spot in the top twelve. Outsiders lost a portion of their DPC points due to roster swaps. This brought their lead to just .05 of a point above Fnatic. However, that was enough to secure them the twelfth and final spot at the top. Thankfully, Fnatic have the most DPC points out of any team that didn’t qualify. They also have by far the most DPC points of any team in their region. Thus, it is all but certain they will win their Regional Qualifier. Though most of the other non-qualifying teams ranked far below Fnatic, others were close. Team Liquid and Entity are both near Fnatic’s score, with 890 and 615 points respectively. As they are both in the Western Europe region, they will be competing against each other in their qualifier.
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The Head Of The Pack
On the opposite end of the spectrum, there are the teams leading the pack. PSG.LGD sits in first place with 2240 DPC points, while the second place team, OG, only has 1930. This 310 point lead puts PSG.LGD far ahead of the pack. For comparison, the gaps between the other places are all 200 points or less. While this means that they are the most likely to win The International, nothing is ever certain. They will still face fierce competition and a few mistakes could knock them out of the running. Dota is known for its comebacks, after all.
The Best Is Yet To Come
While there are some clear signs for the future, the only way to know is to see. Fans won’t have to wait long, as the Regional Qualifiers begin September 3. The Last Chance Qualifier is next after that, running from October 8-12. The International will start only three days later, on October 15. It has been a long road to TI 11, but with the Dota Pro Circuit now over the wait is nearly up. As an extra gift to fans, Valve has announced that Patch 7.32 will release just before the Regional Qualifiers. How this impacts the Qualifiers themselves remains to be seen. But, as N0tail once put it: “Dota is a lot like life, y’know? **** happens, you have to deal with it.”
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