China Fueling The Hype For Singapore Major 2021
Last time we touched on Dota 2 and its newest competing format, Dota Pro Circuit 2021, things were just heating up in the Season 1 in all of the regions around the world. We knew from the get go that China will be the last region to finish the first season, which also means they will be the last to announce qualifiers for the first Major of the year, ONE Esports Singapore Major 2021.
What To Expect From Singapore Major 2021
The first Major of the year, but also the first Major of the new competition format, starts March 27th and it will host all of the best teams in the world. 18 of them, from a total of six leagues, are going to compete against each other. We’ll watch 4 teams from Europe, 4 from China, 3 from SE Asia, 3 from CIS and 2 each from NA and SA go at it in the most important Dota 2 event in this part of the year.
For now though, we know the qualifiers from all of the leagues except for China, because Season 1 of their league ends March 14th, while all others ended with February. The last matches in China are due on March 11th, 12th, and 13th, when we’ll finally have the complete list of qualifiers for Singapore Major 2021. And since China is one of the leagues with the strongest rosters in the world, which are also strong contenders for high tournament rankings, it’s only natural that the focus of Dota 2 community is currently focused on them.
Who Already Qualified
You’ll know this if you’ve been paying attention, but for all of those who got lost in the crazy amount of eSports events or just need a reminder; let’s list the known qualifiers. Firstly, Europe, definitely the most competitive region, where even four spots weren’t enough for all of the aspiring teams. Not to anyone’s surprise, Team Secret qualified first. Aside from them we’ll also watch Alliance, Nigma and Team Liquid try to work their way up through the stages of Singapore Major 2021.
From Southeast Asia we’ll watch Fnatic, Neon Sports and T1 and from CIS Virtus.Pro, Na’Vi and As Monaco Gambit, as a somewhat surprise qualifiers. From North America Evil Geniuses and Quincy Crew qualified, and from South America beastcoast and Thunder Predator. According to their placement in regional leagues, teams will start their tournament journey in the Wild Card stage, Group stage or Play-offs.
Crazy Days Ahead For Chinese Dota
Now for China. Current standings place Invictus Gaming first, Team Aster second, Vici Gaming third and Elephant fourth, but, as already mentioned, all of that could change after the last round of first season which takes place as we speak. Invictus Gaming have shown great dominance, though, with a current win-loss ratio at 6-0, and out of 12 played games, they’ve only lost three. Team Aster and Vici Gaming are neck and neck with 5-1 while Elephant is barely holding to fourth place with 3-3.
Right behind them, currently placed fifth, but with the same win-loss ratio, are PSG.LGD who are facing Vici Gaming in the last round, which means they will theoretically have it harder than Elephant, who are up against MagMa, a team currently placed next to last. Another big event will certainly be the great clash of Invictus Gaming and Aster who are playing each other, and in the last match of the first season, no less.
As you can see, exciting times are coming. Major will be held at Fairmont Singapore, but without a live audience due to Covid, which also means all of the hype will be on live streams, with fans from all over the world watching together. Good thing we are prepared and waiting, so don’t forget to join us and play along for free on our Pick6.