DOTA 2 WRAP UP
March 16th, 2020
Online is the Quarantine Way of LifeThe DOTA Summit 12, won by Fnatic, was the last LAN this community will see for a long time, as borders close around the world, and the 4th Minor and Major of the DPC Season are cancelled. With the DPC being halted during the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, and the geopolitical landscape currently on uncertain footing, viewers and players will be looking to the tournament organizers to establish some system in the meantime to keep the scene alive. Even during the broadcast of the Summit 12, discussions of online events were being had on the couch between games.
WePlay! were the first to announce an online event with the WeSave! Charity Play consisting of top tier teams like Team Secret, Invictus Gaming, and more. This brings previous concerns of the next DPC season’s regional format to light, with the prime example of Evil Geniuses, who may have to substitute players to participate in online events due to having players from various regions. Considering the global quarantines, Twitch.tv viewers have had an unprecedented number of top tier players actively streaming to ease the draught of Dota 2 content.
Seconds Place, First in our HeartFnatic took their first major LAN victory since 2012. Though it was undeniable that Fnatic showed a performance that outclassed many of the other teams, it was OG Seed’s performance that truly astonished many. OG Seed made their debut LAN appearance one to remember.
Though initially many considered this LAN to be a “warm up” for the LA Major, crediting the saving of strategies for the less than impressive performance of some of the teams in the group stages. During this OG Seed tied 3 of their series and won the other 2.
By the time the bracket stage rolled around, it was to be announced that the LA Major would be postponed, as many teams were having issues secure visas, and the COVID-19 situation was worsening by the day. Evil Geniuses took little more than an hour to send OG Seed to the lower bracket, as EG had nothing to lose in terms of using strategies.
OG Seed then found themselves up against Team Liquid, who had nothing to lose, and everything to gain. OG Seed was able to take the series against Team Liquid without dropping again and found themselves against EG once more. With the narrative of the tournament changing to potentially being the last LAN in a long time, the weight on EG’s shoulders weight heavy.
OG already securing a spot on the podium, they were already having an amazing breakout performance. Game 1 unraveled quickly into Evil Geniuses favor, and it had seemed OG Seed would repeat their previous encounter with the North American juggernauts. Then something amazing happened. OG Seed, channeling the same run-at-you strategy that their parent roster had perfected so well, were able to find a way through this Tier 1 studded roster, and close out the series 2-1. Though that would be the last win this OG Seed would see at this LAN, it was an accomplishment worth admiring.