Dota 2: Team Liquid Leads the Pack in Western Europe

New bloods making their mark.
New bloods making their mark. Valve

There's no question that the Western Europe region has the best Dota 2 teams in the world. For this new DPC season, Team Liquid is off to a good start as it took the top spot in Division I. In fact, the team has yet to lose a match. It's actually guaranteed a spot in the upcoming major tournament.

It was back in 2019 when the team had a reorganization and came up with a new roster, which was the former Alliance team. The team had been doing well for the 2021 DPC season before Valve decided to suspend everything. When the season started again, Liquid didn't do too well. While they managed to join the Singapore Major and WePlay Animajor, they didn't place that high and weren't able to get enough points for a direct invite.

At the qualifiers for TI10, Liquid was eliminated by Team Nigma.

Off to a Good Start

It looks like being eliminated gave the team the motivation it needed to perform better, especially for the new DPC season. While Season 1 of the new season followed a round-robin format, it seems there's no need for Liquid to play against the two remaining teams.

For those wondering, it probably helped that they brought back none other than Lasse Aukusti "MATUMBAMAN" Urpalainen. Liquid also grabbed Ludwig "zai" Wåhlberg from Secret. Hopefully, this is the roster that's going to make a dent in the region.

New Bloods Making a Mark

Liquid may be making a mark in the region but another team is hot on their tail. It's none other than the new OG. The team had tried to go for a three-peat but didn't do too well at TI10. After that, it was clear that the members were going to leave. The first to leave were Sumail “SumaiL” Hassan and Martin “Saksa” Sazdov.

Next was Sébastien “Ceb” Debs who announced his retirement. A day later Topias Miikka “Topson” Taavitsainen revealed that he was taking a break from the competitive scene. Finally, Johan "N0tail" Sundstein made the decision to take a break from the pro scene and for now, focus on streaming.

Fortunately for the fans, the team eventually managed to come up with a new roster. That decision has since proven to be good with OG now at a 3-1 standing. With four spots available for the upcoming major tournament, they're a shoo-in to join that competition. The only thing standing between them and that goal is Team Tickles. OG needs to beat Tickles to join the major at the Group Stage.

What do you think about this region so far?

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