While South American and Easter Europeand region qualifiers just ended, TI10 qualifiers are entering a new stage with SEA and North American qualifiers. Here are the most interesting matches of the day and my picks and predictions.
SMG +1.5 @ 1.95
This is the risk I can take. TNC are surely one of the best if not the best Dota 2 team from the SEA region right now. Finishing top 8 at the AniMajor, they are full of confidence, but SMG is a big question mark for us all. SMG is a new SEA squad on the block and their recent performance in the BTS Pro Series Season 6 was really bad. However, they played their last match almost a month ago, and they had time to prepare themselves. TNC are such big favourites, betting on ML is not worth a try. SMG can surprise maybe, and with players like Moon, MidOne and kpii maybe they can shock TNC.
Over 2.5 @ 1.93
This could be a dead even series. Both BOOM and Execration have their positive sides. BOOM still didn’t lose to Execration in 2021, as they played 2 matches, and BOOM took the victories (2-0, 2-1). On the other hand, Execration did an amazing job at AniMajor by taking maps off some very big names. 1-1 vs Secret, Vici Gaming and Invictus Gaming are results worth mentioning. Can Execration come back with the same gameplay to these qualifiers, we will see. But anyway, those two teams always had close series, and I believe it will be the same now.
Fnatic -1.5 @ 1.91
Fnatic are big favourites in this one, even though they didn’t do anything special in the SEA Dota scene for a few months now. Their last big tournament was ONE Esports Singapore Major and that didn’t go too well for them. This month, they’ve made 2 roster changes with Deth joining the team while ChYuan was moved to mid. We will see how this will work out, as now they are playing against a team that is theoretically worse than them, but you never know in SEA. Previously, the teams played 1 official match in the second season of the DPC division. Then the victory with a score of 2-1 was celebrated by Fnatic. I do think Fnatic will take the win today too, but it’s questionable if 2-0 or 2-0. Go low with handicaps.
SadBoys @ 1.53
This could be a real meme show. This will be SadBoy’s first official match with 2 new players on the roster. EternalEnvy and Kingrd joined the party, and we can expect a pretty big show here with EE in the lineup. Black N Yellow biggest success ever was a win over 4 Zoomers in last month’s DPC North American match, where they took a 2-1 win. However, I don’t see any potential in this roster, and I’ll rather go with EE meme plays here. SadBoys have better players, better quality and better history behind themselves. Even though both of those teams are a Dota 2 stack without a real organization to represent, everything is on the line for them. Spor for TI10 and a few hundreds of thousands of dollars is not a small thing for a non professional players.