It’s been 74 days since the Grand Final of The International 2019. After the long wait, we finally have the first Dota 2 tournament of the new Dota Pro Circuit 2019-20! It’s The DOTA Summit 11. (Nov 7 – 10, 2019)
Firstly, The DOTA Summit 11 Minor will feature a very lucrative prize pool of $300,000 and 660 Pro Circuit points being distributed. Secondly, the winner will get a chance to prove themselves at the upcoming MDL Chengdu Major which will start on November 16th. Now let’s examine the teams who will (and won’t) be attending this tournament.
Virtus Pro: Missing In Action
Since TI9, Virtus Pro have made several roster changes with only ”Solo” and ”No[o]ne” remaining. The CIS squad are going through a period of transition. Despite successfully qualifying for the Minor. Virtus Pro decided not to participate in DOTA Summit 11. The team did compete at ESL One Hamburg 2019 where they finished in 5th-6th place.
Team Previews: Who Is Going To Win?
Eight Teams will be competing for a share of that $300,000 Prize Pool. All regions will be represented by at least one team.
Ninjas in Pyjamas (Europe): The Ninjas were last seen at ESL One Hamburg 2019 where they finished 7th-8th. It was an underwhelming showing in Hamburg. Hopefully NIP can put that behind them and put on some good performances at the Summit. I reckon they will finish in the Top 3.
Ad Finem (Europe): I have absolutely no idea how to judge ”Ad Finem”. The Greek Roster are famous for finishing 2nd at The Boston Major 2016. They haven’t done much since and that was three years ago! If they show their 2016 form, they could win the entire tournament, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they didn’t make it out of groups. I guess only time will tell.
HellRaisers (CIS): This recently formed HellRaisers roster hasn’t had much to gel. They have already kicked one of their players and will be playing with a stand-in at the event. I expect an early exit from the Group Stage.
jfshfh178 (CIS): No my keyboard didn’t break 😉 that’s just the name of this CIS Roster. They will replacing Virtus Pro, but I don’t expect them to go very far considering their 5 losses during the CIS Qualifers.
Chaos Esports Club (North America): The former Quincy Crew was recently picked up by Chaos Esports Club. This is a very smart acquisition from the NA org. Unfortunately, despite qualifying for this event, ”SumaiL” has been replaced by“SabeRLight-” who will play Pos 3, with ”YawaR” moving into the carry position. Without ”SumaiL” it’s hard to know how this team will perform. I do believe they will make it of their group but not much further.
Invictus Gaming (China): China is one of the most populated and stacked regions in Dota 2, yet Invictus Gaming manage to stand out. They had to endure a grueling series of games to qualify for the summit, defeating the likes of Newbee and CDEC Gaming. They are currently playing in the Chinese Dota 2 Professional League (Season 1) where they sit at the top with a record of 3-1. How they will fair against teams that aren’t from China is still yet to be answered, but I predict a Top 4 finish.
Geek Fam (SEA): Now here is a team that gets me excited! This Southeast Asian roster play some very fast-paced intense Dota. With ”Ryoya”, ”Kuku”, ”Xepher” and “DuBu” joining talented Carry Player ”Raven”, you have a very dangerous team on display. I can see them being in the Grand Final of this event.
paiN Gaming (South America): Finally we go to paiN Gaming. They will be playing with a stand-in as”Therence” will cover for ”4dr”. With this knowledge, I don’t believe the SA roster will make it out of their group.
The eight teams will be split into two GSL Groups. All games will be Bo3. The top two teams will advance to the Playoffs. Meanwhile, the Bottom two teams are eliminated from the tournament. Once we reach the playoffs, we come to a Double Elimination Bracket. All games played will be Bo3 except for Grand Final which will be a Bo5 affair.
Looking at the two groups, Group B looks far more interesting. With all four teams capable of advancing to the playoffs, if I had to guess, I would predict that Chaos Esports Club (Formly Quincy Crew) and Geek Fam will forge ahead in the tournament.
Meanwhile, Group A looks far more straightforward. Ninjas in Pyjamas are by far the strongest team there and should easily advance, then I reckon it will be a battle between PaiN Gaming and Invictus Gaming for the second spot.
In terms of talent, we have quite the spectacle. Highlights include Grant “GranDGranT” Harris, Jake “SirActionSlacks” Kanner, William “Blitz” Lee and Dominik “Black^” Reitmeier! I’m disappointed that Sheever and ODPixel won’t be joining us, but we’ll be seeing them at the MDL Chengdu Major.
Beyond The Summit events are always great, backed up with top quality production value and a more laid back atmosphere than most Esports events. In addition, unlike previous Summit events, this will include a live studio audience. As mentioned previously, this event is hard to call; I guess we’ll have to wait and see how it plays out.
In conclusion, the opening match of DOTA SUMMIT 11 will be Ninjas in Pyjamas vs ”jfshfh178”, starting on November 7, 2019 – 18:00 CEST.
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