DreamLeague Season 13 Group B preview

DreamLeague Season 13, or The Leipzig Major, is a little over a day away from beginning its group stages as the 16 teams are now all locked in and the groups have been announced. We take this time to look through each team and discern who has the best shot at taking the spoils in Germany.

With the groups being announced and confirmed yesterday, we’ve
already broken down Group A and now we can turn our attention to Group B.

Group B

  • beastcoast
  • Team Secret
  • Vici Gaming
  • Chaos Esports Club

While Group A is verifiably the “group of death”, Group B has two of the best performing teams from last season’s Dota 2 Pro Circuit as well as what is possibly the best South American roster in the current scene – which all makes for an enthralling group.

Team Secret

Following an amazing DPC season, The International 2019 was another subpar, albeit magnificent, affair for Secret and the squad took a much needed break from the first Major/Minor rotation of this season. With the break, Secret returned in fine fashion when they blasted through open and closed qualifiers in the European region and claimed their spot in Leipzig. However, when last we saw Secret, they looked rather shaky in the Outlanders patch, which seemed to be the case for many at the ONE Esports Dota 2 World Pro Invitational.

That performance aside, with a mastermind such as Clement ‘Puppey’
Ivanov at the helm and Lasse ‘MATUMBAMAN’ Urpalainen in the position one role,
Secret are easily one of the favourites to take both the group and the Major
title too. Although one of their biggest weaknesses is in their group; Vici
Gaming.

Vici Gaming

Possibly the current best team in the Chinese region, VG
have shown a lot of promise in recent times. While they were undone at the MDL
Chengdu Major by TNC Predator in the grand finals, VG still recorded a second
place finish and proceeded to be victorious at the ONE Esports Dota 2 World Pro
Invitational in December. The squad has been amazing to watch and in Group B,
with Secret being their first challenger, there are sure to be some epic
fireworks.

With Ding ‘dy’ Cong and the famed Bai ‘rOtk’ Fan as coach,
VG are one of the firm favourites to make it through the group stages without
any hiccups and even raise the trophy at the end. However, Outlanders has created
a lot of problems for teams and even though VG seem to have adapted better than
most, only time will tell if they are worthy of a Major title.

beastcoast

Currently the only team that will be utilising a standin for the Major, beastcoast will be without Adrian ‘Wisper’ Cespedes Dobles for the duration of the event, while Rodrigo ‘Lelis’ Santos fills in. Wisper’s absence is due to a health issue and could be a major issue for the team if they’ve not had enough time to practice with their stand-in. Even so, this will be no walk in the part for anybody, even a team that were amazing to watch at TI9.

The first Major of the season was already a rather
interesting one for beastcoast as they struggled against lesser teams in the
group stages but still pulled of a seventh/eighth place finish. With Secret and
VG in their group, beastcoast are definitely capable of causing a huge upset
but having not seen them in action since the qualifiers, it is unclear where
they stand currently.

Chaos Esports Club

Group B is going to be the toughest nut to crack for the
likes of Chaos, especially with the team still trying out players for the
offlane position. The latest player to get a spot in the squad is Dmitry ‘DM’
Dorokhin who could possibly get a permanent spot if the Major goes well. But
with opponents such as Secret, VG and even beastcoast, it is unlikely that the
team will be able to get very far.

Even though the roster boasts the likes of Quinn ‘CCnC’ Callahan and Yawar ‘YawaR’ Hassan, Chaos have not been able to impress beyond their qualifier appearance, although they were able to claim second place at the first Minor of the season. There’s a small chance that Chaos could take advantage of mistakes from the bigger teams in the group but on paper, they seem far less likely to exit the group stage in the upper bracket than anyone else.

Looking at Group B, much like Group A, at the DreamLeague
Season 13 Major, there are two clear teams that stand out about the rest; Vici
Gaming and Team Secret, while beastcoast and Chaos remain on the fringes until
we see how they perform on Outlanders. With a little over a day left until the
Major kicks off from Leipzig, Germany, we’re excited to see all the action get
underway. Check back soon for a breakdown of the final two groups of the Major.

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