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The Bear Triumphs
The SEA Resurgent
Sad Boys ft. NA
The Surprise Package
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A scarred China and South America, a mediocre North America, a revitalized South East Asia, and a jubilant and versatile CIS. The Summit 8, last of the Dota Pro Circuit tournaments for 2017 offered a chance to all of the attending teams for the last DPC points of the year. Predictions for the tournament in the beginning saw a varied expectation in OG, Virtus Pro, OpTic Gaming, and LGD Gaming to be the front-runners. The results therefore came with a tinge of surprise and shock when LGD finished their group stage with the score-line of 0-6, CompLexity took down OpTic Gaming in a back-and-forth 2-1, and lastly, when Fnatic took down OG. High above the chaotic cauldron of the unexpected however stood the resilient Virtus Pro. From their dominant group stage to an unshakable performance in the playoffs, the CIS giants gave no quarter and reigned supreme.
ESL One Hamburg. Virtus Pro top their group stages, defeat Newbee in the semi-finals and take down Team Secret to emerge victorious in what their fans interpreted as a sign of great days for CIS to come.
The Bear Triumphs
AMD Sapphire Dota Pit League. Virtus Pro manages to pass the first round in a close 2-1 against Fnatic. They then falter to Vici Gaming in a quick 2-0. Picking up a 41 minute victory against SG e-sports, they move on only to lose to Newbee, settling for the 4th spot.
DreamLeague Season 8. Virtus Pro wins their first round against CIS adversaries Natus Vincere but then lose 2-1 against Team Liquid and 2-0 against Evil Geniuses in the lower bracket which finishes their run.
With an ever-deepening abyss within which the former titans of Dota 2 were to be found, it can be argued that not many would pin their hopes on them for The Summit 8, especially not without their captain Solo. The group stages soon squashed all such thoughts and brought the former victors of the Summit series back with caustic claws. They won every single one of the 6 games played by them in the group stages and allowed all but one game to cross the 40 minute mark. Thereafter, it was only a matter of time to see Virtus Pro clench their right-fully deserved first place and 150 DPC points.
What is noteworthy from their entire run is the incredible display of skill and control from their two cores, Ramzes666 and No[o]ne. The former finished the tournament with an astonishing KDA of 7.15 and a GPM of 708 while the latter averaged 10 kills and 2 deaths per game. Indeed, they formed the wheels on which the VP train pierced thru the entirety of the tournament, and arguably the year.
Under EternalEnvy, Fnatic has overseen a terrible competitive season post-TI. Their achievements were really nothing to boast about. The only 1st positions that decorate their shelves come from qualifiers, and barring The Summit and DreamLeague Season 8, their arrival in DPC tournaments became a possibility only due to a qualified team not being able to make it due to VISA related issues or more personal problems for some players. South East Asia seemed to long for Mineski to take up the helm of the region after their incredible performance at the PGL Open Bucharest. Their failures saw Fnatic at the lead. However, every international competition carried the same story, and SEA had to be content with 7-8th place at 2 Majors and 1 Minor. It therefore comes as a pleasant surprise to have a top 2 finish adorn their region.
The SEA Resurgent
Fnatic’s group stages got off to a great start with a 2-1 against Optic Gaming and a 3-0 against LGD Gaming. Abed’s Phantom Lancer and Tinker performance particularly stood out, sidelining a sublime effort by EternalEnvy on Tiny and Wraith King. They next faced what would seem to many as their Waterloo, for OG certainly were the more formidable of the two. Game 1 went in accordance with the said hypothesis, as it was n0tail’s Tiny and s4 on the Brewmaster that made quick work of Fnatic. Facing defeat and elimination, it again was Abed who rose to the occasion, and a brilliant performance on Templar Assasin salvaged the series from the brink of defeat. Game 3 was more evenly matched up but Resolution on Sven fell short to Abed’s Medusa and a 35 minute match came to an end with Fnatic as the victors, shocking fans and pundits alike. The 17 year-old mid laner has turned the fortunes for his side and region, and it will be interesting to see whether he can bring new accolades to the once-in-shambles roster.
Evil Geniuses have been the face of North American Dota 2 for an incredibly long duration. Under the brilliance of ppd, EG and North America both saw themselves reaching new heights which even translated into a TI win. Evil Geniuses today is merely a shadow of their past dominance, and while they may sit at a comfortable 5th position on the DPC ladder, their results in the circuit are far from expected by a team of their fame and caliber. However, entering the tournament with two 3rd places at the Midas Mode and DreamLeague alongside the sub-par competition (as was presupposed), many fans had their hopes pinned on this tournament to turn the tide. Losing very questionably to the Polish squad Team Kinguin brought a plethora of doubts, and two quick under-30 minute losses against OG sealed their fate. The new season started with great hope on the return of Fear but the year ends on a sad note for EG.
Sad Boys ft. NA
The other great hope of NA, OpTic Gaming, haven’t had a very eventful run either. The return of ppd to competitive gaming alongside long-time partner-in-crime zai sparked a new hope within NA. However, OpTic Gaming have yet to enjoy inter-regional success in itself, and their run in the Summit 8 was far from lively. The tournament started in great fashion for the team when they marked a 3-0 against LGD. Their elimination match against coL started with successive pickoffs around the map that translated into a snowball on the back of Pajkatt’s Phantom Lancer and zai’s Batrider. The series however took a different path after game 1, where compLexity managed to establish great resurgence and stop OpTic Gaming’s path. 2017 has been highly uneventful for the team. Given their current results, early 2018 doesn’t look very bright for them either.
Team Kinguin sent ripples into the scene with their outing in the group stages. The series against compLexity provided the setting for Nisha and Exotic_Deer to display their prowess. It ended 2-1 in their favor. Their very first game against EG proved to be a beating in the form of Arteezy’s Juggernaut decimating the all-Polish roster. While critics would’ve anticipated such a result, what followed was highly unexpected. Game 2 started with quick skirmishes and pickoffs around the map. EG began losing their fervour 30 minutes and onward as they lost the bottom lane. Soon, Nisha’s farmed Tiny began making quick work of EG as the game ended with a ‘Beyond Godlike’ streak and a triple kill for him. Game 3 started with the NA side coming into it with great vigour. They quickly began amassing kills and for awhile it seemed like SumaiL’s magic-build Shadow Fiend would capitalize on the lead. Kinguin’s barracks fell around the 46 minute mark but soon afterwards, it was Kinguin’s turn to redeem the game. Their Medusa began the walk across the river and 2 team-fights later, EG had lost all their lane buildings and the game.
The Surprise Package
Team Kinguin has fallen short in numerous qualifiers for the DPC. Before this, their first minor, Perfect World Masters, saw them bagging the 5-6th position. They had indeed managed to top their group, drawing their series against LGD, Mineski, and tournament winners Newbee and also winning 2-0 against Team Secret. However, registering only one win in the playoffs and losing two, any hopes of getting on the DPC ladder were dashed. They will be seen next in the wild cards of the Galaxy Battles II. The team has been a few inches away from getting out of the European qualifiers. Their second qualification changed the landscape of the expected outcome for the qualifiers in a big way. With the critical acclaim garnered by the team in The Summit 8, Kinguin seems fit in the role of the underdog.