The largest, most prestigious tournament in Dota 2 is nearly upon us, and with that comes the most important qualifiers of the year – here in South East Asia, we will be battling it out with seven other teams for one of two slots to this year’s International.

We come into the SEA regional qualifiers alongside two other invited teams: possibly our biggest regional rival in Fnatic, whose roster consists of some of the best players in their respective positions (Jacky “EternaLEnVy” Mao, Abed Azel “Abed” Yusop, Saahil “UNiVeRsE” Arora, Djardel Jicko “DJ” Mampusti, and Johan “pieliedie” Astrom) and BOOM ID, who arguably have not seen too much regional success, but are well-respected in their homeland of Indonesia.

Joining us in the Regionals are five other teams from the open qualifiers:

Our sister-team over at TNC Tigers, a roster which includes some of the regions well-known names (Trịnh “458” Văn Thọ, Muhammad “inYourdreaM” Rizky, Lee “kYxY” Kong Yang, Kenny “Xepher” Deo, and Sivatheeban “1437” Sivanathapillai). Alpha Red who all hail from Thailand, the EU-PH mix Entity Gaming which also has its fair share of notable names (Dominik “Black^” Reitmeier, Jure “Pingvincek” Plešej, Mikki Mørch “HesteJoe-Rotten” Junget, Danny “Noia” Junget and Job “jobeeezy” Ramos), Battle Arena Elites, an all-Malaysian team who are a mix of newblood and old names such as Khoo “Ohaiyo” Chong Xin, Ng “YamateH” Wei Poong and Wai Pern “Net” Lim, and last but definitely not least, the all-Filipino team, Sterling Global Dragons, helmed by former Clutch Gamers captain Kenneth “Flysolo” Coloma.

The first stage of Regionals will play out in a round-robin, best-of-one bracket, with the top four making it into the double-elimination, best-of-three stage, the winners will then claim their slots to The International.

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