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The first Major of the 2019-2020 DPC season is due to start on the 16th of November, a few days out from now. We’ve had three tournaments happen already which went this way:

Dream League 12 – Alliance
ESL One Hamburg 2019 – TNC
Summit 11 Minor – Invictus Gaming

But the Major is what counts the most. The winner of a Major is, for all practical purposes, guaranteed a place at The International. A lot of teams are taking a break from the first Major of the season, prominent ones being the top four teams from TI9 – OG, the old Team Liquid (Kuroky’s roster), PSG.LGD and Team Secret. OG might not be there, but two time TI winner and OG’s founder Johan ‘Notail’ Sundstein has a prediction for us about the Chengdu Major. He thinks it will end up being a grand final between TNC and Alliance and the Filipino team will take the first Major of the season.

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Clearly TNC’s run at ESL One Hamburg 2019 has made an impression on Notail and why not? Under the captaincy of Park ‘March’ Rae-won and influence of their new offlaner Damien ‘kpii’ Chok, the Filipino team looks unstoppable as they became the first team from Southeast Asia to win an ESL Dota 2 tournament. TNC played 19 games at Hamburg and won 16 of them with a staggering win rate of 84.21%. All these factors definitely make TNC one of the teams that could potentially win the Chengdu Major.

But two teams that might have something to say about Notail’s predictions are Gambit Esports and Evil Geniuses. Gambit made it to the grand finals of ESL One Hamburg and lost 3-2 against TNC. They defintely have it in them to go toe-to-toe with the SEA team. Evil Geniuses may not have played a tournament this season, but the new roster looks quite strong and ready to go, as they showed in the Chengdu Major NA qualifiers.

Maybe Notail’s prediction will come true, maybe it won’t. But of the 16 teams going to the Chengdu Major, there is definitely a high probablity that four mentioned above will be amongst the last teams fighting for the Chengdu Major championship.


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