With Ninjas in Pyjamas’ win at the OGA Dota Pit Minor, they’ll now complete the sixteen-team tournament that is the MDL Disneyland Paris Major...
Apr 30, 2019
Fifteen Dota 2 teams had to qualify via their respective regional qualifiers. Europe, China, and North America will be represented by three teams each. Meanwhile, CIS, Southeast Asia, and South America, will each have two representatives.. The top two teams will advance to the Upper Bracket of the Playoffs, with the bottom two teams going to the Lower Bracket of the Playoffs. All games during the Group Stage will be played in a best-of-three format.As for the playoffs, it will follow a double-elimination format. Every game will be a best-of-three, except for round 1 of the lower brackets, which will feature best-of-one matches, and the Grand Final, which will feature a best-of-five.
With Team Liquid, Virtus.Pro, Team Team, and Keen Gaming all in one group, Group A of the MDL Disneyland Paris Major is easily the so-called “group of death”.Obviously, Virtus.Pro are ahead of the pack, having already played in three straight Major Grand Final this season, with one trophy to show for it. They are followed by the former TI7 champions, Team Liquid, who will look to try and use the MDL Disneyland Paris Major to regain their former form. Close behind them are Keen Gaming, who dominated their competition at the ESL One Mumbai 2019 and are arguably the third-best Dota 2 team in China, right next to Vici Gaming and PSG.LGD. Finally, there’s Team Team, who are one of the biggest dark horses in the tournament.
Another group packed with powerhouses, Group B will be composed of Team Secret, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Team Empire, and finally, Chaos Esports Club. Team Secret are obviously the favourites of the group. The Clement ‘Puppey’ Ivanov-led squad is having their best season yet, which is saying a lot considering how successful Team Secret have been over the years. With a Major already in hand, Team Secret could add yet another to their stacked trophy case at the MDL Disneyland Paris Major. But, to do that, they’ll have to escape their group in one piece first, and although the other three Dota 2 teams are not exactly heavy favourites, they could easily play spoilers. Ninjas in Pyjamas, for example, seem to have finally found what works for them best after winning the OGA Dota Pit Minor. Chaos Esports Club are not to be underestimated either. They’ve been the best South American Dota 2 team since their inception and have always had a knack for pulling off the unlikely upset. Team Empire are the only huge question marks here, but then again, that could prove to be advantageous for them, especially if they bring their A game at the tournament.
Group C is what we’d consider as a free group. Outside of Vici Gaming and PSG.LGD, there are no threats here. Mineski are a good team, but they’re nowhere near as good as the aforementioned Chinese powerhouses. Although the addition of Tang ‘71’ Wenyi could give Mineski a much-needed drafting advantage, it remains to be seen if they’re good enough to take advantage of it. paiN Gaming aren’t also considered as threats. They’re arguably even worse than Team Empire, which is saying something. Perhaps the only surprise here in Group C would be if Vici Gaming and PSG.LGD don’t end up finishing as the top seeds.
Easily the second most tightly-contested group at the MDL Disneyland Paris Major, Group D will feature the likes of Evil Geniuses, OG, Fnatic, and compLexity Gaming. The all-star lineup of Evil Geniuses make them the easy candidates as the top seed here, but this group is full of upset potential. Fnatic, for example, are no slouch. They also have their own all-star lineup and have lowkey been having one of the more productive seasons to-date, with a recent top 3 finish at the DreamLeague Season 11 among their more recent accomplishments. Then there’s OG, who, by the way, are still the reigning TI8 champions, and recently welcomed Anathan ‘ana’ Pham back to their lineup.