In a surprising turn of events, Fnatic and TNC Pro Team placed 5th and 6th respectively in the last round of the PGL SEA Qualifiers, ultimately not qualifying for the PGL Open Bucharest. Instead, we have Mineski, WarriorsGaming.Unity, Execration and HappyFeet entering the semi-finals. Mineski and WarriorsGaming.Unity are also the top contenders in the tournament and it was a no-brainer that they would be in the semi-finals. it was Execration and HappyFeet that pulled through unexpectedly, beating out Fnatic and TNC Pro Team, who most fans would have thought to be clear winners in the tournament.
The PGL Open Bucharest SEA Qualifier is underway with DOTA 2 teams from across South East Asia competing for a chance to compete for the $300,000 prize pool and qualifier points for The International 2018. 8 teams stood a chance, including fan-favorites Fnatic and TNC Pro Team, who have both qualified for The Internationals before. Other competitors include Execration, Mineski, Signify, Clutch Gamers and HappyFeet from the Philipines, and WarriorsGaming.Unity from Malaysia. With Signify and HappyFeet qualifying through the Open Qualifier, the rest were invited to join the competition.
Execration (XctN) had been able to qualify for The International back in 2016 and 2017 but did not make it through the group stage. With a myriad of issues coming their way since then, it is great to see XctN coming back to show fans what they are made of. With a 3-0 lead on the competition, XctN is on their way to greatness.
Happy Feet on the other hand, are known to be one of the best DOTA 2 teams from the Philipines but has been placing around the runner-up positions for the past few tournaments they're in. Maybe this time they'll pull themselves together and make it out on top.
The playoffs for the semi-finals kicks off today with Mineski vs. WG.Unity happening first with HappyFeet vs. XctN coming after. Fans can root for their favorite teams and catch the PGL Open Bucharest SEA Qualifier stream on their official Twitch channel.