Teams of one nationality have certainly worked in those cases, but Sebastien '7ckngMad' Deb's recently-formed all-French squad Denial E-Sports has had less success. They find themselves with a 1-4 record, their only win coming against equally troubled HellRaisers, who sit at the bottom of the pack, without a win and 3 losses.
Era and Trixi (both right) with Fnatic pre-TI4. Image courtesy of Dotatalk
In Group B, the teams at the bottom should perhaps be a bit more shocked to find themselves there. The group is full of established Tier 2 talent, with the host of European teams being joined by America's compLexity Gaming. The bottom 3 teams are all full of players a lot more experienced with the game than their American rivals, with Power Rangers and xGame both being in the scene for a long while, and Moscow Five boasting a lot of rusty talent who are returning to the DOTA2 scene.
Most teams have a few games left to play, and after the last gameday on October 31st, the top 4 teams from each group advance to a double-elimination bracket, to play for 4 spots at the LAN finals. These finals will take place at the end of November, and the European teams victorious in the playoffs will be joined by 4 teams, 2 from the SEA region of the league, and a further two from the Chinese division. 4ASC and Lajons have both secured playoff places, alongside AlbumSheet in Group A, but the rest of the places are up for grabs.