Lag might have performed an enormous function in Western Europe’s qualifiers for The International 2022, however that didn’t cease Entity from completely dumpstering anybody and everybody who stood of their path to Dota 2’s greatest stage. 

Alliance? Bodied. Team Liquid? Destroyed. Team Secret? Double eradicated in a 5-0 matchup that noticed only one sport go over 40 minutes. That is the extent of dominance Entity confirmed throughout these qualifiers, because the younger weapons went undefeated and punched their ticket to TI11.

Unfortunately, all the WEU qualifier expertise was tainted by technical points, server issues, and lengthy waits between matches which will very properly have impacted the result of a number of sequence. This included the third sport between Into the Breach and Secret being delayed a day—which didn’t assist a lot in the long run. 

Arguably the worst displaying got here throughout Secret’s sequence with Liquid, the place a lot of the gameplay was clearly displaying the lag and FPS struggles that gamers have been coping with, to the purpose the place zai and Resolut1on even (*2*) for the reason that servers had reliably proven they couldn’t deal with them. 

That clearly wasn’t the one look of lag or server issues all through the occasion, with goonsquad, Liquid, and other teams declaring that that they had additionally been negatively affected all through the qualifier bracket. 

These points have been brazenly communicated with Valve and PGL admins in hopes of getting one thing mounted or discovering a workaround—one thing that by no means occurred. 

In reality, Entity’s supervisor Noah “Th3ReaLJP” Eigenheer confirmed Valve let Secret and Entity know the finals could be performed on WEU Luxembourg servers in hopes of avoiding the problems Liquid and Secret had leaping between different EU and RU servers, which labored to an extent, and the efficiency was higher than the earlier spherical. 

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Unfortunately for Secret, Entity appeared to have their quantity from the beginning and cruised to a 2-0 lead over a Puppy-led staff that seemed exhausted after almost 12 hours of competitors. That third sport was the one somewhat-competitive entry within the finals, however Secret didn’t maintain a single lead after the nine-minute mark. 

Entity was clearly the favourite and certain would have ended up profitable the qualifiers no matter server points if their present stage of play is something to go by, however that is one other poor displaying from Valve and PGL with regard to internet hosting impactful matches online.

Moving previous the problems, each Liquid and Secret nonetheless have a shot to make it to TI11, as each will likely be flying out to Singapore to compete within the TI11 Last Chance Qualifier. This will characteristic the 12 second and third place groups from every area’s particular person qualifier competing from Oct. 8 to 12 for the ultimate two spots in the primary occasion. 

If Secret is ready to pull off a few of its LAN magic as soon as extra, Puppey can preserve his TI attendance document alive. He remains to be the one participant to have attended each iteration of The International since profitable the unique TI with NAVI again in 2011—and he possible desires to maintain that rolling together with a shot at bettering on his earlier roster’s third-place end at TI10.