On Tuesday, April 16th some of the most recognized teams in the world will compete in ESL Mumbai. This is the second competition organized by ESL, and it will not be under the regulations of the DPC. This means that the only thing the teams will compete for is the $ 300,000 prize pool. Let’s have a look at some of the teams that we believe could reign supreme in the ESL.
None of the teams attending ESL One Mumbai have won an ESL One event in the past.
The closest to achieving that feat is Gambit Esports who placed runners up at ESL One Katowice 2019.
— ESL India (@ESL_India) April 5, 2019
We and some of the analysts believe that the Chinese team is the best contender of the title. In the 2018-2019 season, Keen continues to surprise its critics and at the moment on their way to TI9. They rank 8th in the DPC standings with 990 points. They earned 9000 points a few weeks ago by finishing in the top 6 at the DreamLeague Major. While the 90 points were awarded to them when they finished at the third spot in Bucharest Minor.
Just a few days ago, the side also managed to secure a slot for MDL Paris Major. Keen continues to improve and we think that they have done just enough to get to TI. They will surely be a force to be reckoned with in India as it holds a couple of former legends of EHOME: Eleven and old chicken. The duo joined the team back in September 2018.
The team that could face Keen in the grand finale is the Southeast Asian side, TNC Predator. In the DPC standings, they occupy 10 place. There is a 50-50 chance that they will qualify for the TI9. Yet their unpredictability factor is what we love about TNC. On their day they can even beat the No.1 team in the world, VP. Owing to this and many more factors, we believe that TNC can make a big impact in India. In the Kuala Lumpur Major, the first Premier competition of the DPC, the team finished at fifth place. While in Chongqing the team ended its campaign at 12th place.
— TNC Predator (@TNCPredator) April 15, 2019
Approaching the final days of the DPC, the side has qualified for just one competition and it was the DreamLeague Minor. They made an exciting run in the qualifiers, as the finished at first place by beating some of the strongest teams. Yet, in the main event, they had to settle for 5th place. They have won just 40 points and occupy the 32nd place in the DPC. Moreover, they have recently made changes to the roster and it could be enough to get them a decent spot in India.
After TNC Predator and Fnatic, we believe that the third best team in Southeast Asia is Mineski. In the early days of the DPC, the side struggled to the format of the circuit. Yet a few weeks ago, they qualified for the DreamLeague Major. In the competition they had a decent run by claiming the 9th place. They have earned 150 points and sit at 22nd place in the ranking.
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