Team Odd are the last of the StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor teams to qualify after going undefeated in the South American regional qualifiers. They will join 7 more teams at the Cybersport Arena in Kiev on March 7 to March 10 for the third Minor of the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit.
StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor was confirmed earlier this February, following the end of the Chongqing Major. As part of the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit, the Minor will feature a $300,000 prize pool and 500 DPC points. The winning team will also advance to DreamLeague Season 11, also known as the Stockholm Major, on March 14-24.
Unlike the earlier Minors, which both were held at their respective organizer’s studios, the StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor will be played in front of a live audience right from the very start.
In total, the StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor will serve as StarLadder’s second event of the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit, following the aforementioned, Chongqing Major.
StarLadder and ImbaTV are already confirmed to partner up again for the final Dota 2 Minor of the season from June 10-16.
Who Are the StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor Teams?
The complete list of all the StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor teams are as follows:
- OG (Europe)
- Gambit Esports (CIS)
- Old but Gold (CIS)
- Flying Penguins (North America)
- Team Odd (South America)
- Royal Never Give Up (China)
- Vici Gaming (China)
- BOOM ID (Southeast Asia)
For the first time this season, CIS finally received two slots for the Minor. This is perhaps owing to the location of the tournament. Although, it probably helped that the Grand Finals of the past two Minors featured a team from the CIS region.
With that said, despite having two teams, Gambit Esports and Old but Gold will need all the support they can get if they are to give the hometown crowd someone to cheer for deep into the tournament.
OG, who are finally starting to gel with newcomer Igor ‘ilTW‘ Filatov, are a serious threat to take the title and advance to the Stockholm Major. At the same time, the Flying Penguins, led by Jacky ‘EternaLEnVy‘ Mao, are not to be underestimated.
There are the two Chinese teams as well. The young talents of Royal Never Give Up may not have lived up to their initial expectations, but but with players such as Tue ‘ah fu‘ Soon Chuan and Du ‘Monet‘ Peng, they’ll always remain relevant. Not to mention, Vici Gaming, who even though are going through a rough patch, have shown that they can brute force their way against lesser competition.
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