Just a month before the Manila Major we have ten of the best Dota 2 teams from all over the world battling it out for a prize pot of $500,000. Alliance, Team Secret, OG, Evil geniuses, Team Liquid, Virtus.Pro was invited while Complexity, No Diggity, Newbee and Fnatic qualified. The tournament has group stages and a double elimination format.
Group A: OG, Alliance, Team Liquid, TBD
Group B: Evil Geniuses, Team Secret, Virtus. Pro, TBD
It’s hard to say who the favorite is for this tournament since we’ve seen mixed results and fewer tournaments taking place these days. Team Secret recently switched out 2 players which resulted in a 5-6th place in ESL One Manila but on paper they are a world class team with 5 incredibly talented players. Evil Geniuses lost 2 of their players to Team Secret and played in the WePlay Dota 2 Season 3 and ended up with a 3rd place in a tournament with relatively weak teams. Virtus.Pro used to be the best team in the CIS Region, but recently, they couldn’t even make it out of the group stage in the Manila qualifiers. The Russian team does, however, play on home turf, which could be beneficial.
Alliance have struggled since their two tournament wins earlier this year and haven’t gotten further than a 5-6th place since then. Team Liquid played in ESL One Manila 2 weeks ago and ended up in 2nd place, this was a tournament where they met only mediocre teams and ended up losing 0-3 to Wings, a Chinese team, in the finals. OG had a 4th place finish in Starladder Invitational 3 weeks ago and seem to lack preparation for a lot of teams, especially the ones from Asia.
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