The third Dota 2 Major is only a few days away and the groups for the event are already clear.
DreamLeague have revealed the groups for the Stockholm Major yesterday and there seems to be a dominant team in each one. The news came from the official Twitter:
Group A is perhaps an exception, with both Team Secret and Team Liquid in it, accompanied by J.Storm and Keen Gaming. The two European teams have been at the top of their game, especially Secret, who won the recent ESL One Katowice and the Chongqing Major beforehand. Liquid snatched victory at MDL Macau and showed everyone they still have what it takes. As for J.Storm and Keen, losing to some of the best won’t be unexpected, but if they manage to beat any of those, it won’t go unnoticed.
Group B puts NiP, PSG.LGD, Fnatic and Infamous together and there’s no clear favorite here. Matches between NiP, LGD and Fnatic could go either way and Infamous are now a wildcard with the recent addition of Mason “mason” Venne. Whether he’ll make all the difference for the Peruvian team remains to be seen.
Virtus.pro, EHOME, Forward Gaming and Mineski gather in Group C. While the Russian bears are the favorites, the other three teams are not to be underestimated, mainly EHOME. The latter won The Bucharest Minor with only a single lost game throughout the whole tournament.
In Group D, we see Evil Geniuses who are a well-oiled machine by now, able to compete at the highest levels. Vici Gaming, who won the StarLadder ImbaTV Kiev Minor, Natus Vincere and Chaos Esports comprise the rest of the group. Only time will tell if Evil Geniuses will maintain their reputation as slayers of Chinese teams, as one fourth of the participants are from the People’s Republic.
Who do you think will make it to the top four?
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