The JeeDota2 Championship Season IV's qualifier stage has come to an end just the other day, after a 9 week run to determine which top 16 teams will make it to the championship stage, which will commence on the 5th of August, 2012. The qualifiers are based on the amount of ranking points each team could get in the JeeDota2 5v5 Cups that are held every week. The teams are then put into four groups of four teams and each team will play each other at least once in a robin group stage format. The top two teams of each group will advance to what will be the single elimination playoffs tournament until one team is left standing to win the 400 Euros prize!
Here's a look at this time's top 16 and what the group stage will look like:
This group will be interesting, with ActioN being the top of the crop and getting the #1 rank during the qualifiers. The Brazilians are relatively new to the JeeDota scene and have played the most out of everyone, going 13/18 for results. Although it isn't statistically impressive, the extra competitive JeDota2 experience will definitely help them out. Antrox Multigaming is another recent team in JeeDota, with an #8 ranking and a 6/11 record, anything can happen with them. Draka is back for another run, last time they made it to the qualifiers and fell short to making it to the best 8. They ranked slightly higher at #9 (#12 in Season III) but they will have to play a little better to make it further in this league. Last time they were in the same group as the eventual JeeDota2 Season III Champions, Hello Moto along with the regular high ranking BAGUETTE. Trademark was ranked #48 last time and were nowhere near qualifying but they were 1/2. This time they ranked #16 and took the last slot while posting a respectable 5/8 record. This group will most likely be the hardest to predict, which isn't a bad thing at all.
Aim 2 Kill
Group 2 is definitely one of the, if not the most stacked group of the bunch in terms of skill and established teams. Team mansing ranked #2 and at the same time posted an impressive 9/10 result record. They were not around during the last season but have participated in other events such as the GosuLeague Season 3 (Division 2b). The rank #7 iNfernity Gaming are a familiar face to us, as they participated in the very first JeeDota2 Championship and made it past the group stage but ultimately falling against the eventual champions and powerhouse team, Absolute Legends, in the quarter-finals. Aim 2 Kill is another new team to the JeeDota scene, posting a 5/10 record and placing a #10 ranking, this group will definitely be a challenge for them. Last but not least, DN-Gaming! Although they barely made it at rank #14 with a 5/6 results record, they'll still put any team in this championship on a run for their money. They've recently participated in the big DreamHack Dota2 Vengeance Cup and played some solid games against some of the best teams in the world such as mTw (Mortal Team Work) and EG (Evil Geniuses) in front of their home audience.
This group is also up there in terms of skill and teams that have qualified with exceptional results in the qualifiers. Starting with sqL, they're familiar with the JeeDota2 Championship as they were around for Season II but ultimately fell short after the group stage when they lost in the quarter-finals. They've participated in numerous other tournaments such as the Gigabyte Dota Masters and JoinDOTA Masters IX. After ranking #3 in the qualifiers and going 8/10, they're off for a good run. ScaryFaceZZZ has been around for the same JeeDota2 Season II and happened to be in the same group as sqL at the time too. This time, without the likes of Absolute Legends being in the mix, they'll have a good chance of grabbing one of the top two spots if they can manage to steal some wins. EVODOTA2 is back again after getting 3rd place in Season 3 when they lost to the champions, HelloMoto, in the Semi-finals and won the 3rd place match shortly after. They did not play half as many games as they did in the previous season but managed to get #11. The #14 ranked Aesir eSports is the least known team out of the group and after going 5/10 in the qualifiers, it'll be hard to know what to expect from them. Definitely the underdogs in this stacked group.
We haz Asian
Group 4 features the defending champs of Season III in HelloMoto. They ended the qualifiers with the same ranking as they did in Season III at #4. We haz Asian has been doing well on their own end as well as they recently made it past the group stage in The Defense 2 but lost to Na'Vi (Natus Vincere) in the losers bracket. They've also placed 3rd in the recent GosuLeague Season 3 (Division 2b) and surprised everyone when they sent mTw to the losers bracket in the Absolute Legends Dota 2 Invitational! Their match up against HelloMoto will definitely be entertaining. Frequently Winning and ULTRA have not participated in too many tournaments and have both gone 5/10 or less in the results, getting #12 and #13. Early predictions indicate that the two wont make it past the group stage but upsets are always bound to happen and if anyone can pull it off in this group, it'd be one of them!
That about covers it for the teams and groups. Once again, the championship group stage will start on the 5th of August and the playoffs on the 26th. Be sure to keep an eye on the results, or even better, try to catch one of the streams on JeeSports! Season V will be starting right after Season IV ends and we'll be keeping you guys up to date on that as well. We're really looking forward to this season showdown and hope it'll be as exciting, if not more exciting than the previous one!