After a long break, a new tournament fuse is about to be lit for Dota 2. We can already predict that there will be fierce competition at ESL One Stockholm Major 2022. Only 14 of the teams competing during the Dota 2 Pro Circuit season qualified for the First Major. As the event approaches, our excitement continues to increase.

In today’s article, we would like to talk about our favorite teams for ESL One Stockholm Major 2022. First of all, I have to say that we made our team selections completely based on statistics and performance. Apart from that, we will try to make as impartial choices as possible. And at the end of our article, you will find the list of our favorite 3 teams for the First Major. So let’s take a quick look at the details of our article.

Overview of ESL One Stockholm 2022

As you know, normally 18 teams participated in Dota 2 Major tournaments. However, the number of teams was reduced to 14, as the four teams expected to participate from China could not participate in the tournament. In addition, the 4 teams expected to participate from China will organize a regional final event among themselves for now. Returning to our topic, 14 teams are currently competing in ESL One Stockholm 2022. After the teams are divided into groups A and B, the group stage of the tournament will begin. You’ll find a detailed list of certain groups currently available below.

Group A

  • beastcoast
  • BetBoom Team
  • BOOM Esports
  • Evil Geniuses
  • OG
  • T1
  • Tundra Esports

Group B

  • Fnatic
  • Gaimin Gladiators
  • Mind Games
  • Team Liquid
  • Team Spirit
  • Thunder Awaken
  • TSM

As you can see, the groups are made up of really strong and successful teams. In particular, you should pay attention to Boom Esports, which is full of surprises and creative gameplay. You might even want to give them a shot while doing Dota 2 Esports betting with crypto. If they can maintain their performance in the same way, they’re looking like a solid bet for the upcoming tournament.

Tournament Format

The Dota 2 First Major will consist primarily of two phases. First, the Group stage, then the Playoffs will begin, and we will watch a fight that will last until the Grand Final. Now, if you want, let’s detail the steps one by one.

Group Stage – May 12th – May 15th, 2022

As we mentioned before, 7 teams will compete in 2 groups in total. All matches in the group stage will be Bo2. It is also known that the Single Round-robin system will be used in all matches in the tournament. After the matches are played, the 4 teams that managed to be the best in both groups will be promoted to the upper bracket. Teams ranked 5th and 6th will qualify for the lower bracket. The last remaining teams will be completely eliminated from the tournament.

Playoffs – May 16th – May 22nd, 2022

All matches in the playoffs will be played using the double elimination bracket. A total of 12 teams qualified for the playoffs. 8 of them will compete in the upper bracket and the remaining 4 will compete in the lower bracket. In addition, all matches except the grand final will be Bo3. Only the grand finale will be held as Bo5.

3 Favorite Teams for the Dota 2 First Major

Now we come to the main topic of our article. Which is your favorite team for ESL One Stockholm 2022? In order to answer this question, we had to do a detailed research. We analyzed the performances of the teams this season and finally we were able to identify three teams.

1.     BOOM Esports

Boom Esports is an Indonesia-based Esports organization founded in 2016. Furthermore, they started to rise rapidly in the Dota 2 Esports scene, which they entered in 2017. Despite being a team with a small budget, they seem ready to achieve incredible success. They managed to attract attention especially due to their performance during the 2021-2022 DPC season.

They won the DPC SEA Tour 1 Regional Final by beating T1 3-1 with a clear result. Then, they participated in Gamers Galaxy, Invitational Series Dubai 2022, and they managed to get the first place. Considering all this, we are looking at a team that has been winning for weeks, except for a few losses. Also, we would like anyone wishing to participate in Dota 2 betting to definitely focus on BOOM Esports. The team chemistry is top notch and they seem to have incredible in-game discipline.

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BOOM Esports Roster

  • Souliya “JaCkky” Khoomphetsavong
  • Erin Jasper “Yopaj” Ferrer
  • Saieful “Fbz” Ilham
  • Timothy John “Tims” Randrup
  • Rolen Andrei Gabriel “skem” Ong

Achievements

  • DPC SEA 2021/2022 Tour 2: Division I – 2nd
  • GAMERS GALAXY: Invitational Series Dubai 2022 – 1st
  • DPC SEA 2021/2022 Tour 1: Regional Final – 1st
  • DPC SEA 2021/2022 Tour 1: Division I – 1st
  • BTS Pro Series Season 9: Southeast Asia – 1st

2.     OG

As you know, OG is a team that has left its mark on Dota 2 tournaments. Moreover, they managed to write their names in history with the The International tournaments they won consecutively. But those days are in the past and OG can’t get back to their long-needed performance. However, things are different this season. OG started to become the favorite of the tournaments with successive victories and the re-capturing of the team harmony.

Furthermore, OG has some bumpy graphics in the DPC 2021-2022 season. However, with their first place in DPC WEU Tour 2 Division 1, the eyes were turned to OG again.

OG Roster

  • Artem “Yuragi” Golubiev
  • Bozhidar “bzm” Bogdanov
  • Ammar “ATF” Al-Assaf
  • Tommy “Taiga” Le
  • Mikhail “Misha” Agatov

Achievements

  • DPC WEU 2021/2022 Tour 2: Division I – 1st
  • ESL One Summer 2021 – 4th
  • The International 2019 – 1st
  • The International 2018 – 1st

3.     Team Spirit

Team Spirit was founded in 2015 as a Russian-based Esports organization. For Dota 2, without a doubt, their biggest achievement will be winning The International 2021 as we all know. Team Spirit is known for its distinctive and constricting gameplay. Adopting a pressured style of play, the team managed to achieve consecutive wins in the last week of the DPC 2022 season.

However, Dota 2 is a game full of surprises. We cannot predict exactly what will happen when. Moreover, a favorite team today can even lose to the lowest ranked team of the tournament. In fact, this is exactly what makes Dota 2 exciting.

Team Spirit Roster

  • Illya “Yatoro” Mulyarchuk
  • Alexander “TORONTOTOKYO” Khertek
  • Magomed “Collapse” Khalilov
  • Miroslaw “Mira” Kolpakov
  • Yaroslav “Miposhka” Naidenov

Achievements

  • DPC EEU 2021/2022 Tour 1: Regional Final – 1st
  • OGA Dota PIT Invitational – 2nd
  • The International 2021 – 1st
  • Pinnacle Cup – 1st
  • GAMERS GALAXY: Invitational Series Dubai 2022 – 4th

Final Words

In today’s article, we have compiled all the details about the Dota 2 ESL One Stockholm 2022 tournament. In particular, we tried to do a detailed research on which teams were favorites. Due to the neutral approach, we took the individual performances of the teams as a basis.

If you have the opposite opinion on this matter, please do not forget to share it with us. Maybe there are some details that we can’t see but that you are aware of. In the meantime, we wrote an article called “Overview of the Future of Esports.” Maybe after this article you might want to take a look. Happy reading.

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