The Dire become the first North American team this season to secure a spot in a Minor tournament after taking down Digital Chaos to win Kings Cup America.
Kings Cup America Playoffs Recap
The playoffs kicked off with a BO3 matchup between Digital Chaos and CompLexity Gaming.
While many expected it to be a close series between two fringe contenders in North America, it was anything but. CompLexity Gaming failed to show any variety with their draft once again while Digital Chaos were unafraid to try new things with their new captain David ‘MoonMeander’ Tan running the show.
The series between The Dire and Infamous was pretty much the same. The lone South American squad in the playoffs could do nothing against ppd’s stack as they never really were able to threaten to take the lead in both games.
In the Grand Finals, The Dire showcased the typical style expected of ppd’s teams as they won the games through the draft and by outplaying their opponents, even when behind.
In Game 1 and 2, The Dire spent much of the game playing catch-up before outmanoeuvring the enemy late in the game to secure the win.
With their backs against the wall, Digital Chaos pulled off their ultimate cheese strat in Game 3 by last-picking Meepo for Abed Azel ‘Abed’ Yusop. Unfortunately, it was all for nought; The Dire dared Abed to put his entire team on his back, choosing instead to pick off his teammates.
While Abed threatened to win the game all by himself late, The Dire’s early lead proved too much as they finished the game with a ~20K net-worth lead and a kill count advantage of 45 to 15.
The Return of PPD
Peter ‘ppd’ Dager is one of the most successful Dota 2 captains ever.
Since 2014, ppd has successfully captained Evil Geniuses to a berth at Dota 2’s biggest annual tournament every year and has never failed to guide his team to at least a top 3 finish at the event.
Having earned millions playing Dota 2 and with a TI already under his belt, ppd had little left to prove as a player. His decision to take up a managerial position as Evil Geniuses’ CEO post TI6 seemed to go in line with what many had expected from him.
Just one year later, however, ppd decided to leave the only organisation that he’s ever played for to return as an active player, forming a new stack with long-time teammate Ludwig ‘zai’ Wåhlberg along with veterans Pers Anders Olsson ‘Pajkatt’ Lille and Rasmus ‘MiSeRy’ Filipse as well as up-and-coming player Quinn ‘CC&C’ Callahan.
It’s safe to say that after winning the Kings Cup America online tournament and securing their spot at The Summit 8 Minor later this season, ppd’s return is off to a good start.
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