The StarSeries Season 3 Main Event in Shanghai is the most important tournament in February. Too bad these top teams failed in the qualifiers.
60 teams fought for one of the eight spots at the main event of the Starladder i-league StarSeries Season 3 in Shanghai in three weeks. The team that made it to China are not that surprising – but they had to beat a lot of strong teams to get there, like…
Na’Vi hasn’t done too well recently. In our heatmap they are marked as 90 percent underperforming, which means they play 90 percent less sucessful at the moment than in the past year. That is mostly due to lineup changes. Pajkatt, Biver and rmN don’t fit into the team as well as Ditya Ra, Artstyle and SoNNeikO did before. Natus Vincere played five ties in the seven qualifier-games and could only beat Vega Squadron – rank 21 in the end.
7. LGD Gaming
LGD just made one replacement in the last transfer phase but Yao for Jixing doesn’t pay off yet. They lost to Invictus Gaming in the round of 8 of the chinese qualifier. LGD also missed to qualify for the Dota Asia Championships in March.
Speaking of Invictus, here they are – and it’s kind of an ironic story, because IG got kicked out of the qualifiers in the deciding match against their „b-team“ iG.Vitality, which will go to Shanghai now. The deciding Bo3 lasted for alomst accumulated three hours, so at least IG put up a great fight. Before that match they hadn’t lost a single game in the qualifier.
5. Team NP
Fifth places at the Boston Major and ESL One Genting seemed promising, but EternaLEnVys new team has yet to show some really impressive results. Qualification for StarLadder was close though. After a tie in the group stage, NP had to play a tie-breaker against DigitalChaos – and lost it after 48 minutes.
Alliance showed good effort with a third place at the ASUS Dreamleague at the end of 2016 and the WESG one month ago, but is struggling since. They made it neither through the qualifiers of Dota Pit, StarSeries nor DAC.
3. Cloud 9
Cloud 9 recently made an amazing comeback to the Dota 2 scene with their second place at WESG. They won’t follow this up with a spot at the StarSeries main event though. The former team of Escape Gaming just won two out of their seven matches in the qualifier. Losing to both Team Liquid and Team Secret – who won the spots for Shanghai – was too much.
2. Vici Gaming
Donald Trump would call Vici Gaming a total mess. Though still employing some of the greatest asian players, Vici failed to qualify not only for StarSeries, but also for the Boston Major, ESL One Genting, the Dota Pit League and the Dota 2 Asia Championships. During the StarSeries qualifier, they lost to [duobao] in the round of 16 – a team ranked far below them.
Vega is the 12th best team in the world according to our World Ranking, but finished StarSeries with a disappointin 42nd place. The team was second to last in the group stage of the European Qualifier. The team only beat Alliance while losing four of their seven matches.