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DreamLeague S22 Group Stage 2: Who will make it to the playoffs? Esports.net

It has been quite the ride in the first stage of the DreamLeague Season 22, with Group Stage 1 wrapping up and eight teams being knocked out. Now, Group Stage 2 is set to happen from March 1 to 7 as the remaining eight teams compete for the four slots in the Playoffs. There is a lot at stake in this competition, though, with ESL Pro Tour (EPT) points and $1 million on the line.

We delve into the top favorites at the DreamLeague S22, spotlighting those who have shown exceptional prowess in Group Stage 1.

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DreamLeague S22 Group Stage 2 (Image credit: ESL One)

1. Team Falcons

Team Falcons, hailing from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, have recently claimed victory at the BetBoom Dacha Dubai 2024, showcasing their formidable presence on the international stage. Furthermore, key players like Oliver “skiter” Lepko, Andreas “Cr1t-” Nielsen, and Ammar “ATF” Al-Assaf have been instrumental in their proven success so far.

Skiter’s aggressive carry playstyle, Cr1t-‘s versatile supporting, and ATF’s aggressive offlane strats propelled Team Falcons into the spotlight as a team to watch in Group Stage 2.

2. Xtreme Gaming

Xtreme Gaming, the Chinese powerhouse, has been turning heads with the return of prodigy Wang “Ame” Chunyu, whose exceptional skill has even earned him Illya “YatoroMulyarchuk’s respect.

He has been pivotal in their dominance in the region and even showcased a strong performance at the DreamLeague S22. Additionally, Ame’s return to the competitive scene has reignited many Chinese fans’ hearts, making them a popular team to root for. Thus, Xtreme Gaming’s blend of veteran experience and youthful prodigy makes them a serious threat to any team looking to clinch the DreamLeague S22 title.

3. Team Spirit

Boasting a legacy as a two-time International Champion, Team Spirit’s reputation precedes them. Their consistent performance and dominance are the result of the Dota 2 pillar, Yatoro, and his supportive teammates.

The synergy between these players, however, coupled with their ability to adapt and overcome high-pressure situations, has solidified Team Spirit’s position as a titan in the Dota 2 esports community. Fans and rivals alike highly anticipate their journey through Group Stage 2, despite barely qualifying in Group Stage 1.

4. BetBoom Team

The Russian squad, BetBoom Team, has been making waves in the Dota 2 scene with a commendable lineup of talent. Alexander “TORONTOTOKYO” Khertek, a key player who was part of Team Spirit’s championship-winning roster, brings a wealth of experience and leadership edge to the team of young blood.

Furthermore, BetBoom Team’s rivalry with Team Spirit adds an extra layer of excitement to the DreamLeague S22, as they vie not only for the championship but also for regional supremacy.

Honorable Mention: Shopify Rebellion

Shopify Rebellion entered the DreamLeague S22 as the underdog. However, they have secured the top seeds in Group Stage 1 against all odds. Led by the North American standout, Artour “Arteezy” Babaev, their unexpected rise has gotten support from loyal fans, boasting the hashtag #2EZ4RTZ. Arteezy’s unmatched skill as a hard carry has breathed new life into the team, making Shopify Rebellion a dark horse that could upset the established hierarchy in the tournament.

The DreamLeague S22 Group Stage 2 is shaping up to be a playing field where only four teams will advance to the Playoffs. The stage has set a thrilling showdown of world-class Dota 2 teams, with a mix of proven champions and emerging talents.

Marcus Wong

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