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The Southeast Asia region began with two TNC teams, Predator and Tigers, going against Entity Gaming and Fnatic, respectively. Fnatic was able to beat Tigers in the first round, and eventually Predator to secure the first slot in the SEA region qualifiers to TI. Tigers would defeat Entity Gaming in the first elimination round of the lower bracket, which brought them face-to-face with their sister team. Tigers would bare their fangs and would defeat Predator cleanly in their first game. Predator was able to stage a comeback in the second game to tie the series one-to-one. Tigers were almost sure to win the third game with a big lead, but a heroic effort by Tims allowed TNC to turn the tides, coming from a successful contention of a Roshan attempt.
TNC Predator and Fnatic will be joining Mineski in the grandest stage of Dota 2.
At the other end of the Pacific, the North Americas qualifiers are well underway. VGJ.Thunder have secured their slot at TI by placing first in the group stages with a 6-1 record, while four more teams compete for two more slots. OpTic Gaming, Immortals, compLexity Gaming and Evil Geniuses dished it out in the double elimination playoff. Immortals were able to defeat OpTic on the first round of the upper brackets, but they were sent down to the lower bracket themselves by Evil Geniuses. EG were able to clinch the second NA slot for The International. Immortals await the winner between compLexity and OpTic to determine the final NA representative for TI.
No paiN, no gain
paiN Gaming from South America got a free pass after their opponents, Thunder Predator were disqualified from the qualifiers. They would go on to beat SG e-sports in both the semi-finals and the finals to secure the lone SA slot for The International.