Fnatic are the first team from Southeast Asia to qualify for The International 2018.
As one of the few teams in their region that maintained the roster intact since the February official shuffle, Fnatic fought for a spot at TI8 through several Dota Pro Circuit tournaments. Unfortunately, they didn’t gather enough points for a top-eight placement in the DPC rankings which would have granted them a direct invite.
— FNATIC (@FNATIC) June 24, 2018
Valve has granted SEA two qualifier spots for this year’s International and all eyes are now on the top two teams fighting for them, Fnatic and TNC Predator. After the qualifiers group stage, TNC made into the playoffs with both of their squads, Predator and Tigers. The two sister squads took the first and the second place in the group, with Fnatic coming on the third spot with an overall 4-3 win/loss ratio. The last team going through was the all international roster of Entity Gaming. As expected, TNC Predator and Fnatic won their upper bracket first series to duke it out against each other for the first qualifier spot.
In today’s upper bracket final Fnatic’s Djardel Jicko B. “DJ” Mampusti has left everyone speechless with his Windranger performance. He finished game one with a 13/6/17 KDA and was the crucial factor in Fnatic victory at the end of a 79 minutes long game. Game two went much faster, again with DJ on Windranger who didn’t concede a single kill to the opposite team and finished with a personal K/D/A of 9/0/6.
I almost choked watching this wtf DJ pic.twitter.com/M3JONYyVfR
— David Zhang (@LuminousInverse) June 24, 2018
— Beyond the Summit (@BeyondTheSummit) June 24, 2018
TNC Predator will have one more shot at a TI ticket tomorrow, June 25, when they will be playing in the lower bracket finals against the winners of Entity Gaming vs TNC Tigers.