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From the two times The International champions, OG, to the reborn Cloud9, these coming open qualifiers for the third set of Dota Pro Circuit tournaments are pretty stacked. Here are some of the most interesting teams to follow in each region.

A total of 10 squads in each region will fight in the closed qualifiers for a spot at the ESL One Los Angeles Major. Based on the DPC rankings, eight teams from each region will receive a direct invite in the closed qualifiers, while two more will join them from the open leg. While the official invites are yet to be announced, some of the teams have in fact no DPC points attached to their name, so they are bound to go through the open brawl.


Europe

During their prolonged break post TI9, OG decided to spread the wealth and signed a stack formed in the big shuffle, with the main idea to ensure the basic needs any promising team should have.

OG.Seed was announced at the end of November 2019, ahead of the DreamLeague Leipzig Major qualifiers, and they have already gone through the open gauntlet once. In the previous qualifier campaign, they got bested by Nigma, but this time around they will have to go against their big brothers from OG. The good news is that there are two slots up for grabs, so there is a chance that both teams will make it.

OG.Seed roster:

Rasmus ‘Chessie’ Blomdin
Omar ‘Madara’ Dabachach
Andreas ‘Xibbe’ Ragnemalm
Zakari ‘ZFreek’ Freedman
Petu ‘Peksu’ Vaatainen

Friday, February 7 will mark the competitive debut for the revamped OG, the only team in the Dota 2 history with two Aegises. The back to back TI champions are ready to fight for a third TI tile, but this time around their roster is drastically changed. It’s only Johan “N0tail” Sundstein and Topias “Topson” Taavitsainen left from the old squad, and their new teammates are some of the best players that have ever touched the game, who will surely look to make these qualifiers look like a walk in the park.

OG roster:

Syed “SumaiL” Hassan
Topias “Topson” Taavitsainen
Yeik “MidOne” Nai Zheng
Martin “Saksa” Sazdov
Johan “N0tail” Sundstein

A third contender for the two spots is the newly formed stack Chicken Fighters who feature Na’Vi’s former captain Akbar “SoNNeikO” Butaev. The stack will play via European qualifiers as it has the majority of the members from Europe, including the Swedish former GODSENT carry, Charlie “CharlieDota” Arat, and Jonáš “SabeRLight-” Volek, who played at the first Minor of the season for Chaos Esports Club.

Chicken Fighters roster:

Charlie “CharlieDota” Arat
Ondřej “Supream^” Štarha
Jonáš “SabeRLight-” Volek
Milan “MiLAN” Kozomara
Akbar “SoNNeikO” Butaev


CIS

Perhaps a lot of fans hoped that this round of qualifiers will bring into the spotlight Dendi’s new team. The esports legend unveiled the organization he is building at the end of January, however, B8 Esports are yet to announce a Dota 2 roster. In the meantime, the CIS fans might be interested in how the revamped line-ups of Winstrike and FlyToMoon will do in the open qualifiers.


Southeast Asia

SEA is once again gearing for battle with a couple of teams that might surprise everyone down the line. This round of open qualifiers will bring back the Cloud9 banner, who although are an NA organization and they plan to move their team to the continent, for their season debut will play via Southeast Asia. The new C9 line-up was announced at the end of January, with a few familiar faces also looking to mount a comeback to the professional scene.

Cloud9 roster:

Andrei ‘skem’ Ong
Cheng ‘vtFaded’ Jia Hao
Rasmus ‘MISERY’ Filipsen
Francis ‘Flee’ Lee
Johan ‘pieliedie’ Åström

There are four teams with a big potential to claim one of the slots up for grabs, which will make the SEA battle extremely interesting to watch. Black^ is also joining the region and will look to change the fate for T1, who are now at their third attempt to make it to a DPC tournament.

T1 roster:

Dominik “Black^” Reitmeier
Muhammad “inYourdreaM” Rizky
Lee “Forev” Sang-don
Tri “Jhocam” Kuncoro
Yixaun “xuan” Guo

SEA legends and old friends Chai “Mushi” Yee Fung and Khoo “Ohaiyo” Chong Xin teamed up under the Team Io tag and will look to give everyone a run for their money in the open brackets.

Team Io roster:

Ryan Jay ‘Raging Potato’ Qui
Chai ‘Mushi’ Lee fung
Khoo ‘Ohaiyo’ Chong Xin
Kalvin Kang ‘Meracle’ Jian Wen
Benhur ‘Nayeon’ Lawis

SEA has over 35 teams already signed up for the open qualifiers, and to make things even more exciting, one of the best Chinese organizations, LGD Gaming relaunched earlier this year their LGD>International project as well. The roster is now complete and features five SEA youngsters looking to make a mark onto the professional scene, and this will be their first big test.

LGD. International roster:

Christian ‘Skadi’ John Abasolo
Wang ‘Gy’ Kok Guan
Rick Lee ‘darly’ Ryc Kee
Yuri ‘Yowe’ Dave Pacaña
Pang ‘BrayaNt`’ Jian Zhe


China

Unfortunately, the third Major of the season comes with a lot of other factors to worry about for the Chinese teams. The coronavirus outbreak has already made an impact on the qualifiers schedule and it remains to be seen how and if those that will grab a ticket to the Major or to the Minor will be able to attend the LAN portion of the tournaments. The current situation is absolutely terrible for PSG.LGD, who are yet to make their DPC season debut. TI8 grand finalists and third place finishers at TI9, the Chinese powerhouse team decided to skip the first Major and failed to qualify for the second one, after they got defeated in the open qualifiers. Third time’s with a charm they say, but the competition in China is always extremely tight.  PSG.LGD, Team Sirius, along with a lot of tier two squads from the region will start the battle for a spot in the closed regional qualifiers on the 12th of February.

PSG.LGD roster:

Wang “Ame” Chunyu
Lu “Maybe” Yao
Yang “Chalice”‘ Sheny
Xu “fy” Linsen
Jian Wei “xNova” Yap

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