The Dota 2 International 10 qualifiers are now officially over and we know who will be competiting in the top tier of Dota 2.
With Western Europe and China ending as the last qualifiers on the busy Dota 2 calendar, all 6 qualified teams are known now. 6 different region qualifiers, 6 teams representing their countries and regions at The International 10.
Chinese qualifiers were one of the most stacked ones. With Elephant, EHOME, SAG, RNG and some other candidates aiming for the spot, and in the end everything went as expected.
Elephant was too strong for their Chinese competition, and they took the China spot. In these qualifiers, Elephant and EHOME were the strongest teams out there and a big competition to each other. An interesting fact from the qualifiers is that Elephant was the only team that managed to beat EHOME, and EHOME was the only team able to beat Elephant. How? Well, they played 2 times. Once in the upper bracket finals where EHOME took 2-1 win over Elephant and another time in the grand finals where Elephant was the better team (3-1) in a best of 5 series. Elephant and their players will have their first fight for the TI10 title.
Most probably the stacked qualifiers of them all. With Team Nigma, Team Liquid, OG and some other candidates, Europe is always one of the most watched regions in Dota, especially when we talk about The International qualifiers.
OG and Team Nigma were complete favourites to take the spot. But you know how underdogs write cool stories and how crowds like underdog stories. One almost happened here with Tundra going all the way and missed The International by 1 map win. 1 map win. Can you believe it? Tundra showed a great performance and OG was basically the only team that managed to beat them in the complete double elimination brackets. OG dropped a series to Tundra in a 0-2 upper bracket finals, and for the first time in a while we thought OG will miss The International. But NoTail magic happened, and somehow they’ve managed to pull it until the end with a crazy 3-2 series win against Tundra in the grand finals. And of course, let’s not forget a comeback after 2-1 for Tundra.
Congratulations to OG, as they will have a chance to defend their title, for the 3rd time in a row.