MDI Group C Preview: Teams and Casters

Want to know the scoop about the MDI Group C today? Here we’ll talk about the teams competing in Group C, share our predictions, and introduce you to the talent lineup—including this weekend’s guest caster, Meeix!

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Group C Predictions

This weekend’s Group C contains the defending MDI champions Echo, who picked up the 2nd overall seed in the Time Trials and are an incredibly scary team to run into in any tournament. They’ve swapped around their roster a little bit since the Time Trials, regaining Naowh and shifting Meeres to the coach position. They are prohibitive favorites to earn a ticket out of the group and into the Global Finals, but remember that there are two such tickets available this weekend!

In both of the last two groups, the second-highest seeded team did not end up earning one of those tickets — in this group, Omega Pump are the team occupying that potentially cursed position (with the 5th overall seed out of the Time Trials). They feature popular streamers Drjay and Moadmoad as well as a roster of MDI veterans and/or high key pushers in Maystine, Facemick, and Stone.

The third highest seed in the group is Incarnation, who come in with the 8th overall seed from Time Trials. They have YoDa, who was formerly on the team now known as Complexity, but are otherwise MDI newcomers and are instead known for high key pushing with innovative and often one-of-a-kind strategies. They face an uphill battle to claim one of the two tickets out of the group, but they come into the weekend with the knowledge that such upsets can happen, as they did in the past two weekends!

The rest of the group are Reload Esports, Cepako is our Carry, Team Stiefbruders, John’s Army, and Outcast, who range from the 11th overall seed to the 23rd. These teams are looking to make a name for themselves and potentially string together a miracle run to earn their place in the Global Finals. Of course, whichever teams don’t qualify out of this group (and any other teams that haven’t yet qualified) will be eligible for the Last Stand Tournament in a couple weeks’ time!

This weekend’s dungeons feature a few spicy combos, but the keystone levels are distributed in such a way that there aren’t any massive red flags. Watch out for the 22 Tyrannical Necrotic Wake, especially if teams mess up their weapon plans; and don’t sleep on the Plaguefall just because it’s only a +19 — Bolstering can certainly throw a wrench into teams plans if they’re not careful!

The bracket for this weekend sets up Incarnation and Omega Pump for a showdown early in Day 2 (if they can win their first round matchups), where the winner will secure an upper finals spot against Echo, presumably. We saw in Group B just how important having this Upper Bracket pathway was, as even if the two teams are destined to meet again in the Lower Finals, the extra practice time afforded by coming from the Upper Bracket can be hugely valuable!

To learn more about each of these teams, check out our Time Trials Recap and the backstories of all the team names.

Meet the Talent - Group C

The Host:

Name: Daniel
Alias: Jackbcastin
Country: Texas
Class: Priest

Bio: They call me a Priest Main. Holy. Disc. Sometimes Mistweaver. but never Shadow. Because I obey the Wowhead guides of my people, the Priests, and punish those who do not. Because I do not forgive those Mages for taking my Power Infusion, or Fairies, or that safe spot in the front on Sludgefist. A thousand whispers of "PI me!" between us, will not be forgotten.

WoW Background: Started playing WoW in Firelands as a Rogue player but when one of my guildies sent me a mess of gems/enchants for my herbing Paladin to heal a Mogu'shan Vaults run in Mists I got hooked on healing. I've been maining Priest since Siege of Orgrimmar and started streaming on twitch as a hobby around that time too after being obsessed with watching Reckful/Venruki/Sodez/Talbadar stream their PvP games at their gaming house. As I was finishing my Finance degree, Blizzard asked if I wanted to take part in a new esports program in Fall of 2017 called the Mythic Dungeon Invitational. I bounced back and forth from DC to Ohio for a month during midterms, somehow passed them, and when I graduated in 2018 the program grew into the Mythic Dungeon International. I moved down to Texas, tried my hand at full time streaming, and picked up the Host role in 2019.

Now I stream, write guides for Wowhead, host the MDI, raid for W13 Soniqs Imperative and slam big keys as Holy/Disc Priest.

The Casters:

Name: Caroline
Alias: Naguura
Country: Italy
Class: Druid

Bio: Naguura. God Gamer. Started playing because I was an impressionable young child and transitioned into a goofy older child and kept playing. I am a full-time streamer, caster and content creator for WoW as well as one of the top 5 coolest people in my remote village in the alps that plays WoW. Multiple world first and former MDI competitor...but my biggest achievement so far was finding the transmog tab all by myself for the first time in 2020. FUN FACT: One time I tried to use Oreo filling as a substitute for milk in a recipe.

WoW Background: I've been playing WoW since vanilla, started out playing Holy Paladin, then switched to Resto Druid and Moonkin. I have been focusing on High end PvE content the whole time and participated in the World First Race for multiple years up until Legion. I got World Firsts with Method and Serenity in MoP, Warlords of Draenor and early Legion. Then started playing high M+ and participated in the very first MDI.

I'm now focusing a lot on stream content, but I'm still doing high M+ regularly and trying to get Hall of Fame with my 2 day raiding guild. I've been casting the MDI since season 2!

Name: Alex
Alias: Xyronic
Country: USA
Class: Warlock/Mage

Bio: Xyronic is a world first raider playing in the guild Complexity Limit. He has been a high-end gamer in the World of Warcraft scene for the past 8 years, competing in previous seasons of MDI before taking on the mantle of broadcast analyst for the show.

Name: Tristan Killeen
Alias: Dratnos
Country: USA
Class: Warrior

Bio: Dratnos is a returning MDI caster who has also been found casting Race to World First (RWF) events and creating content on YouTube and Twitch. He also writes the Raider.IO Weekly Route articles and raids with Hall of Fame guild <poptart corndoG>.

Name: Peyton Tettleton
Alias: Tettles
Country: USA
Class: Druid

Bio: Peyton Tettleton, known professionally as Tettles, is a Missouri based rapper, Balance Druid player, and part-time swami. Tettles is among the best Balance Druid players of all time, with worldwide critical acclaim. He also has an ongoing rivalry with Dratnos in which he always gets the upper hand.

WoW Background: I started playing World of Warcraft in Warlords of Draenor. Very early on into me starting to play the game with friends I really began to enjoy raiding. Throughout BRF and HFC I climbed the ladder until I was raiding at a World 200 level. After Legion came out I fell in love with M+. I was around pushing score whenever people used Wowprogress as the only scoring metric. I remember whenever came out and basically everybody started using them. I participated in one of the Legion MDIs and began casting the MDI and RWF events in BFA. I really enjoy the friend aspect to World of Warcraft, and believe everything is better done in a group.

The Group C Guest Caster:

Name: Moira
Alias: Meeix
Country: Germany
Class: Death Knight/Demon Hunter

Bio: Meeix (Moira) has been in love with World of Warcraft for a long time and she loves sharing that love and passion for the game with others. Being a teacher by day, a streamer at night, and a caster during weekends; she obviously mains melee since her brainpower doesn't allow for more. She can usually be found lurking in German Raids and Dungeons and loves talking about her cats and food. Common catch phrases include: "Was that my interrupt?" "Please give me back AMZ", and "What did you say? I forgot to listen.."

WoW Background: Started at the end of MoP, started raiding in HFC, and cleared the content before Legion released. Used to be a Priest main from HFC until Ny’alotha, where I rerolled to DH, started playing DK in Castle Nathria, and loved it ever since. Melee Brain Zug Zug; I got a Horde symbol tattooed on my shoulder when I was 18.

Started casting in Ny'alotha for the German RWF, casted the RWF for BDGG and Aversion in Castle and Sanccy D. Also casted the Mythic+ Charity Pro-Am and the German MDI in 2021.

Dabbled a little in Sc2 and Overwatch but only ever decent player in WoW PvE :))

Closing Thoughts

With a promising lineup of teams and an array of talent entering this weekend’s MDI Group C of Shadowlands Season 2, be sure to check it out the broadcast LIVE, starting today, Friday September 16th at 10:00 AM PDT. For more info on the prize pool, format, and various language streams, click here.


About the Authors

Dratnos hosts the The Titanforge WoW Podcast. He’s also an Officer in the World 36th guild poptart corndoG, and a commentator for events such as the MDI and the Race to World First! He streams on Twitch, where he likes to review his friends’ logs.

VitaminP (VP) is the Lead Editor & Assistant Producer of Raider.IO, and is pursuing a Masters of Business Administration. Although VP is currently focused on IRL, she specializes in tanking classes and loves competitive Mythic+. She is a Discord Partner and partnered Twitch streamer, but mostly you can find her editing, doing homework, cooking, playing with her dogs, and catching Pokémon.