Weekly Dota Recap: Bucharest Major Group Stages, QO Searching for New Team

This week in Dota 2 is highlighted by the start of the Bucharest Major Group Stages, which has already seen its fair share of huge upsets, though none probably bigger than CompLexity Gaming stealing a game off of the uncharacteristically complacement reigning TI champions Team Liquid.

With the Swiss-format Group Stage of the PGL Bucharest Major only halfway through, expect more upsets to come.

Highlights Abound in Bucharest Major Group Stages

Three days into the PGL Bucharest Major and we’ve already seen a couple of huge upsets. Brazilian Dota 2 team PaiN Gaming, who are playing with Aliwi ‘w33‘ Omar as a stand-in, were the first to score an underdog win as they took down ViCi Gaming in Round 2. Meanwhile, CompLexity Gaming arguably topped the earlier upset off with an even bigger win over Team Liquid in Round 3.

Prior to the loss, only five Dota 2 teams have defeated Team Liquid in a series all season long. The win makes compLexity Gaming th sixth team to do so. Albeit theirs came in a best-of-one.

Heading into Round 4 of the Bucharest Major Group Stages, VGJ.Thunder and Evil Geniuses top the bracket with 3-0 records. They’re the first to secure their spots in the eight-team single elimination playoffs on March 9 to 11. Next in line are Newbee, TNC Pro Team, Team Secret, OpTic Gaming, Virtus Pro and CompLexity Gaming, who each have 2-1 records. Finally, a game away from elimination with 1-2 records is a short-list of teams you wouldn’t expect to find with their backs against the wall: ViCi Gaming, Team Liquid, OG and Mineski, as well as Natus Vincere and paiN Gaming.

Only fourteen Dota 2 teams remain in contention as of the moment; both LGD.ForeverYoung and Vega Squadron have been eliminated from the tournament by virtue of their 0-3 records.

Dark Willow Enters The Competitive Fray

From seemingly out of the blue, IceFrog decides to add Dark Willow into the Captain’s Mode just days before the start of the Bucharest Major Group Stages. Even more surprising was that Dark Willow did not receive any nerfs prior to her addition in Patch 7.10. This is despite the fact that pros themselves have strong doubts about her potential strength in today’s meta.

IceFrog had already earlier announced that the biweekly patches are intented to be minor tweaks. However, 7.10 looks to be anything but. Not only did the latest Dota 2 patch introduce Dark Willow into captain’s mode, it also came with changes to more than half the hero pool, including the heroes who stood out at the Katowice Major.

Click here for our quick review of Dark Willow’s addition to Captain’s Mode.

1437 Stays With TNC Pro Team

As it turns out, Theeban ‘1437‘ Siva is not yet done with his stint in Southeast Asia. After leading TNC Pro Team to a 9th-12th place finish at TI7, 1437 is now tasked to lead TNC Pro Team’s sister team, known as the TNC.Tiger.

TNC Pro Team made the announced via video on Facebook. The team has yet to announce the rest of the roster.

QO Looking to Get Back Into Pro Scene

After taking a break for the past two months, Kim ‘QO‘ Seon-yeop is now looking for a new Dota 2 team.

QO last played for Immortals, a team initially composed of the former MVP.Phoenix TI6 members, Lee ‘Forev‘ Sang-don was the first to leave the team prior to the new year, and was later replaced by Arif ‘MSS‘ Anwar.

MSS’ stint with Immortals did not last long, however. He was later replaced by Kim ‘Velo‘ Tae-Sung, with Eric ‘Ryoya‘ Dong manning the middle lane following QO’s departure.

With the roster lock already in full effect, it’ll be interesting to see if whether an established team decides to risk breaking up their roster and go through the Open Qualifiers just to make room for the Korean star midlaner.

Iceberg Esports Lose Dota 2 Squad

Barely more than a month after breaking into the professional Dota 2 scene, the Canadian esports organization Iceberg Esports have parted ways with their Dota 2 squad. Kurtis ‘Aui_2000‘ Ling was the first to announce the failed partnership via Twitter last week.

This news comes after Iceberg Esports reportedly failed to pay the salaries of their CS:GO team and blocking them on everything. Iceberg Esports have since responded to the allegations, apologizing for what happened and explaining their side.

Click here for our official coverage of Animal Planet’s departure from Iceberg Esports.

Other Noteworthy Dota 2 News:

  • Penta Sports have decided to part ways with their Dota 2 team. The roster will remain intact and continue playing under the team “Going In“. Their midlaner w33 is currently playing as a stand-in for paiN Gaming at the Bucharest Major.
  • EHOME and Keen Gaming have decided to swap out midlaners. Wang ‘old chicken‘ Zhiyong will now play on Keen Gaming going forward, with Zhai ‘Ying‘ Jingkai replacing his spot on EHOME. Both squads will now have to compete in the TI8 Open Qualifiers as a result of the move.

Which teams do you think will survive the Swiss-format Bucharest Major Group Stages and advance to the playoffs? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.

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