It came out as a surprise that back-to-back Dota 2 The International champions are out of the second Major of the season. OG missed the chance to make it to the tournament’s group stages and lost a best-of-three series to Team Liquid. The team now has to face Brame and Tundra Esports. OG also has to win these series in order to keep itself in the upper division of the region. Similarly, if the team loses the last two series, it will continue its DPC 2021 run in the lower division.
We've faced difficulties in the past.
We overcame them as a team.
Our last chance for TI will be through closed qualifiers.
It won't be easy, but we're in this together.
— OG (@OGesports) May 24, 2021
Team Liquid for the Win
Team OG is the defending champions of The International 2019. In order to defend their title, the team has to take a rough path to qualify for the tournament. The team also failed to qualify for the Animajor and is currently at the brink of being knocked out of the upper division of the European region. Team Liquid secured a clean victory over OG by taking the first two games of the best-of-three series. Liquid secures the second position in the region and goes to the group stages of the AniMajor.
Tie-Breaker for OG
OG booked the fifth spot in the chart and had a tie with Tundra Esports and Brame. However, the team now has to play a tie-breaker against both teams. If OG fails to dominate both teams in the tie-breaker, the squad will move down to the lower division. There are high chances that OG will miss its chance of getting to The International 10.
Qualification for The International
For the rest of the Western European teams, the top 4 spots are booked. Alliance finished first in the league and thus, went straight to the playoffs of the Major. Similarly, Team Liquid has made it to the group stages of the Major by securing the second spot. Team Nigma and Team Secret have to take the longest path to get to the Major by playing the Wild Card and then reaching the group stages.
Surprisingly, none of the Western European teams have qualified for the TI10 slot yet. On the other hand, multiple teams like Evil Geniuses, Virtus Pro, and Invictus Gaming have already booked their position in the tournament. Valve has also changed some rules for the TI10 due to which the tournament will not have open qualifiers since TI4.
Future Way of OG
In order to maintain their title, OG will now have to play the regional qualifiers for The International 10. The TI10 will feature 18 teams, of which 12 will receive a direct invitation and 6 have to qualify their way. Every region of the game will only allow one team to dominate all others and get to the tournament. Therefore, there are lower chances of OG to dominate the whole region and get to the tournament. However, the team has already done it before in 2018, and who’s to say that the team won’t be able to do that again.