A team that deserves it the most has punched their ticked into TI.
Being one of the most talented areas for a game is typically a beneficial thing, but in the case of Dota 2’s The International 2022 qualifications, it left a few great teams in China out after Royal Never Give Up dominated the competition.
RNG eliminated what most fans would consider to be their strongest rival and won the final guaranteed TI invite for the region with a 3-0 victory over Xtreme Gaming after dropping only one game in four series.
A Quick Recap
RNG has only finished outside the top five at one event since fully overhauling its lineup after TI10 with seasoned PSG.LGD trio Somnus, Chalice, and xNova at its core; that event was the Arlington Major where they competed with ana as a stand-in.
Throughout the 2022 Dota Pro Circuit season, RNG was one of the top teams in the globe, but due to COVID and travel-related complications, they could only make it to the Arlington Major, where they tied for ninth place.
These elements, along with the substitutes for the Chinese Regional Final that had lower DPC points and roster changes mid-season that took some points away, resulted in RNG missing out on a direct invite during the regular season.
They will now join PSG.LGD and Team Aster as the Chinese delegations for TI11 in October, but a fourth roster from outside the area is still possible.
Both Xtreme and Vici Gaming will fly to Singapore to compete in a Last Chance Qualifier against the second- and third-place teams from each of the other regions’ qualifiers. This contest, which begins on October 8, will be for the two remaining seats at TI11. One of the front-runners will be Xtreme.
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