After nearly two weeks of action, the BTS Summer Cup Grand Finals is finally here.
Wind and Rain managed to pull off a decisive 2-0 win against Let’s Do It yesterday to advance to the Grand Finals and send the former Team Kinguin squad down to the lower brackets. Meanwhile, Alliance eeked out an unlikely upset against ESPADA in the lower brackets. Their utilization of a weird interaction between Storm Spirit and Chen in Game 2 was crucial in helping them tie the series. This then allowed them to take Game 3 in a relatively quick fashion, with ESPADA seemingly flustered by their earlier loss.
Now, Wind and Rain are waiting in the BTS Summer Cup Grand Finals to see which of Alliance and Let’s Do It they’ll have to fight against to secure a berth at Dota Summit 9.
Let’s Do It vs Alliance
So much for superior chemistry, eh? Let’s Do It, the former Team Kinguin squad, looked out of sync yesterday against a Wind and Rain lineup that only formed a few weeks ago. Natan ‘Exotic_Deer‘ Michalewicz, for one, has had little to no impact, even when the team wins.
Although they had already swept Alliance in the opening rounds, something tells me that Alliance will come better prepared this time around, and with Exotic_Deer constantly having little to no impact on his usual pool of heroes, an upset will likely be on the works here. Of course, Alliance could very well choke and lose. As good as the team looked in their series against ESPADA, you could argue that their win was more because of the CIS team making uncharacteristic mistakes and not playing like a team than Alliance being necessarily the better team.
Either way, we’re going with Alliance to go and secure a spot in the BTS Summer Cup Grand Finals.
Betting: Alliance to win at 2.63 odds (GGbet)
Who Will Advance to Dota Summit 9?
Wind and Rain are a good team. They’re probably the next up-and-coming Dota 2 team from Europe. Had the region had two slots for The International 2018, there’s no doubt that they’d secure it. Or at the very least, be in the running. After all, they were the second best Dota 2 team in the TI8 qualifiers, right next to OG.
Kartik ‘Kitrak‘ Rathi may be new to the Dota 2 scene but he has since proven that he can stand his own as a captain. The same goes for Jonathan ‘Bryle‘ De Guia, who has been pegged as the next big pub star to hail from North America, and was even rumored to be Peter ‘ppd‘ Dager’s preferred choice over Quinn ‘CC&C‘ Callahan.
With three experienced pros balancing out the inexperience of the two, Wind and Rain have a good shot at making some noise at Dota Summit 9, which is to say that the BTS Summer Cup Grand Finals will pretty much be a formality.