The DotA 2 Asia Champtionships tournament is just a few days away and we already know the 12 teams that will be competing from March 27th (group stages start) to April 4th (grand finals):
- Liquid (Europe qualifier)
- iG (China qualifier)
- iG.V (China qualifier)
- VGJ (China qualifier)
- LGD.FY (China qualifier)
- NP (Americas qualifier)
- Faceless (SEA Qualifier)
- Empire (CIS Qualifier)
Now, out of those 12 teams, some have been looking really good lately and others, well, not so much. Even though OG are the team to beat right now, they didn’t look their best in their latest series against VGJ.
On the other hand, Liquid just destroyed VGJ at the grand finals of the Starladder i-League StarSeries Season 3 tournament.
But, that was about 3 weeks ago and we haven’t seen Liquid or OG in professional games since then so a lot could have changed. The new 7.03 patch did stir things up a bit so it will be interesting to see how these teams will adjust.
Anyway, some teams have been playing more professional games leading to the DAC than others, especially the Chinese teams as the DotA 2 Professional League Season 3 is still going down as is the Manila Master China qualifiers.
Our TI6 champions in the face of Wings, didn’t look that good at either of these two tournaments but, we all know Wings and how quickly they can turn things around. They still stand true to their extremely unpredictable playstyle but it seems that they still have a few things to figure out in this current meta.
Ranking The DAC Teams
Taking into account all that and the recent information we have for the rest of the teams, it’s kind of hard to predict who will win the DAC. However, we can still rank these top 12 teams rather appropriately:
Does this mean that this is how they will rank at the end of the tournament? No, hell now and if they do, I’d probably have to go and buy me a few lottery tickets. It is so hard to predict games right now as it almost seems that any team can beat any other team given the right conditions and matchup.
I feel like after the DAC, and more probably after the Kiev Major, the meta will stabilize and we will be able to better predict outcomes of games because right now, it’s chaos theory all the way to the end.