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While a few teams have pulled out of the upcoming ESL One Mumbai 2019 event, there are still eight of the best teams participating in what is set to be a spectacular event in India.

Many of the teams will get a chance to shine on the main stage of a massive event – but not all have the best chance considering their recent form. I will take a look at who I think the top contenders are and which teams may just surprise the rest.

Some of the teams participating in this event are already locked in for the following MDL Disneyland Paris Major – set to continue their Dota 2 Pro Circuit aspirations. Mineski, Keen Gaming, compLexity Gaming and Team Team all have a spot in Paris and this could be the perfect proving ground for them.

The Challengers

Let’s start off with TNC Predator, a powerhouse of Southeast Asia Dota 2 talent. While their DPC season has had some major ups-and-downs, the squad seem to be back on track to some future improvements. Even though the team missed on out qualifying for both the upcoming Minor and Major, their recent form has proven that they are among the top SEA squads and should definitely be challenging for the ESL One Mumbai title.

The team have just also qualified for the ESL One Birmingham 2019 event, going completely unbeaten throughout the regional qualifiers. While they may not have the structure and form of the current Fnatic team, they seem to be on top of Mineski, but if they clash again at this event, it’s sure to produce some fireworks.

A team packed with some of China’s best Dota 2 talent throughout the years is the next challenger on the list. With a spot at the next Major, Keen Gaming could be on the path to a big end to the DPC season. After claiming third place at the Bucharest Minor and an admirable fifth/sixth at the recent DreamLeague Season 11, KG were even strong enough to take down Vici Gaming and claim the first seed for China at MDL Disneyland Paris.

Without any roster changes like many of the other Chinese teams in recent months as well as a spot at ESL One Birmingham, KG definitely have a shot at claiming all the spoils in India.

With KG and TNC in different groups for the event, it should make for a rather interesting tournament, unless there are (and I’m sure there will be) some huge upsets. However, these two teams definitely seem set for a grand final showdown in Mumbai, if my gut is correct.

The Wildcard

Whenever a team has the likes of Jacky ‘EternalEnVy’ Mao become a part of it, they instantly become a roster that could easily upset the best – or fail dismally against unknown opposition. That is what the North American Team Team seem to be. The squad, on paper, has the ability to absolutely dominate but at the same time, they often get a bit ahead of themselves.

Originally TT was not involved in ESL One Mumbai, actually being eliminated from the qualifiers by EE’s previous squad Flying Penguins. However, with so many teams withdrawing from the event at once, TT was able to fill an open slot.

Can they beat the likes of Natus Vincere and compLexity Gaming in their group? Yes. Can they lose to Signify if they get to face them? Yes!

The groups for ESL One Mumbai are already in place and even with this much smaller field of teams, the event is definitely set to show some fantastic Dota 2.

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There’s bound to be upsets, big plays and all-round amazing Dota 2 and we may even see an almost unknown team such as Signify rise through the ranks. With only 3 days remaining before we get underway, you can be sure that the teams are waiting and ready to fight for all the spoils in India.

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