StarLadder i-League Invitational #3: Team Liquid vs. Mineski odds&predictions

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Tournament Introduction:

SL i-League Invitational Season 3 will have the honour of kicking off the 2017-2018 competitive Dota 2 LAN season.

The first tournament of the new Dota 2 competitive season will be held in Kiev from the 12th to 15th of October, revisiting the same illustrious city where VG.R stormed to victory at the first SL i-League Invitational and where OG claimed their fourth Valve Major. 8 teams will fight for a $300,000 USD prize pool as well as qualification points for The International 2018.

Format

Open Qualifiers

  • Up to 512 teams in a single-elimination bracket.
  • Matches from the Round of 1024 to the Quarterfinals are played in Bo1.
  • Semifinals and Finals are played in Bo3.
  • Top team of each qualifier advance to their respective regional Main Qualifier.
    • CIS and South America: Top 2 teams of each qualifier advance to Regional Qualifiers.

Main Qualifiers

  • 8 teams from each region.
  • Double Elimination bracket.
  • All matches are Bo3 including the Finals.

Team Liquid

Team Liquid returns to the Dota 2 scene after almost two months of inactivity, following The International 7. Luckily for them, the TI7 squad has remained unscathed.

Team Liquid surprised everybody with their sudden ascension from the TI7 Lower Brackets. They were the last bastion against the strong Chinese presence at the tournament and oh, boy, didn’t they push them back.

Team Liquid cleared house and won The International 7, with a very first 3-0 clean sweep against Newbee.

Judging by their absence, aside from spending all that esports money Team Liquid should be coming fresh out of training for this one. The teams good, at times surgical, execution of their strats gets paired with Kuroky’s talent at leading the team and keeping everybody focused on their tasks. Despite their random moments of downfall, this team continues to englobe the best Dota 2 player that the EU region has to offer.

Mineski

 

 

We haven’t talked about Mineski in a while now, but looking at their recent track record I’m happy to say that Mineski is a strong contender in the SEA scene.

Mineski is looking at an unstoppable winning streak, after scoring 7 victories, and it doesn’t stop here! September has been really bountiful for this SEA team as they managed to rank up 16 victories while losing only two matches.

These stats are not that surprising, judging by the fact that Mineski has Mushi and iceiceice in its roster, two players who do not require an introduction.

And if that isn’t enough, we have the scorching presence of Jabz whom we have seen before, as part of the Team Faceless squad, we have ninjaboogie, who’s role flexibility allows Mineski to adapt in the drafting phase and, last, but not least, we have NaNa who rules the offlane.

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