The International 2022 is slowly approaching. According to their rankings in the Dota Pro Circuit, the 12 teams that will take part in the tournament have been determined. The remaining eight teams will be determined through various regional qualifiers.
Today we are going to take a look at North America and China qualifiers for The International 11.
The International 2022: North America Qualifier
The tournament will start on September 8 and will run until September 12. There are 12 teams in the North America qualifier. One of these teams will qualify directly for The International 2022. Second and third placed teams will compete in the Last Chance Qualifier. If you ask us, Soniqs will be the team that will directly qualify for The International 2022 from the North America qualifier, with nouns and Wildcard Gaming also joining the Last Chance Qualifier in second and third place respectively. You can check out the list of teams below.
- Wildcard Gaming
- The Cut
- Team DogChamp
- Arkosh Gaming
- CDUB Esports
The International 2022: North America opening matches
- Soniqs - felt (September 8 - 18:00 CEST)
- Alpha - 5RATFORCESTAFF (September 8 - 21:00 CEST)
- Wildcard Gaming - The Cut (September 9 - 00:00 CEST)
- KBU.US - nouns (September 9 - 03:00 CEST)
In the opening matches, we are almost certain that Soniqs and nouns will win. It is difficult to predict the winner of the match between Alpha and 5RATFORCESTAFF, but Alpha seems to be one step ahead. Wildcard Gaming will also likely advance to the upper bracket semifinals.
The losers of the above matches will face Team DogChamp, CDUB Esports, Arkosh Gaming and Eternity in lower bracket round 1, respectively.
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The International 2022: China Qualifier
Just like the North America qualifier, the China Qualifier will start on September 8 and end on September 12. Likewise, the first placed team will qualify directly for The International 2022, while the second and third will participate in the Last Chance Qualifier. In our opinion, Invictus Gaming will be the first, Royal Never Give Up will be the second, and Vici Gaming will be the third. However, let's not forget that China has teams with stronger rosters than North America. EHOME and Xtreme Gaming, for example, can definitely give the teams in our top three picks a tough time. You can check out the list of teams in the China qualifier below.
- Royal Never Give Up
- Xtreme Gaming
- Vici Gaming
- Invictus Gaming
- Ybb Gaming
- Team Magma
- Team Fusion
- Team Saiyan
The International 2022: China opening matches
Upper bracket quarterfinals
- Royal Never Give Up - Ybb Gaming (September 8 - 04:00 CEST)
- Vici Gaming - Aster.Aries (September 8 - 07:00 CEST)
- EHOME - CDEC (September 8 - 10:00 CEST)
- Invictus Gaming - Xtreme Gaming (September 8 - 13:00 CEST)
Lower bracket round 1
- Team Magma - BYE
- Team Fusion - Team Saiyan (September 8 - 03:00 CEST)
- ShenZhen - BYE
- LBZS - BYE
We expect Team Fusion, Royal Never Give Up and EHOME to be victorious in their opening matches. Vici Gaming is the favourite in their match versus Aster.Aries by a small margin. Finally, even though the betting odds says otherwise, Invictus Gaming will beat Xtreme Gaming in my opinion.
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