Now that EPICENTER 2017 has just ended – with Team Liquid successfully defending their title – and just two more big tournaments left before the TI7 qualifiers start, we now have a clear picture of which teams deserve to be on top of our Dota 2 Rankings.
With that said, here are our top 10 Dota 2 teams, along with some honourable mentions.
10. Team Faceless
Team Faceless is an interesting, if not confusing team. They often perform well in the SEA region. However, in international competitions, you can bet on them to disappoint.
To date, the Manila Masters remains one of the few international major tournaments where the SEA powerhouse didn’t earn a near last-place finish. And, that was held in the SEA region, in Manila to be exact.
Still, they find themselves ranked in the Top 10 of our Dota 2 rankings by being one of the more consistent teams from the SEA region.
9. Team NP
Team NP is currently playing with a relatively new roster, so there was some temptation to put them among the honourable mentions. However, it’s hard to look past the quality wins they’ve posted in their brief time together, as the team did turn some heads with their 3rd-place finish at the Manila Masters, and then followed that up with a 2nd-place finish at the Zotac Cup Masters.
While the latter doesn’t carry as much weight – Team NP and Newbee were arguably the only top teams in the event – it’s still a 2nd-place finish nonetheless.
How Team NP performs at Summit 7 will give us a much better look at just how good – or bad – their newest squad is.
8. LGD.Forever Young
We definitely put great value on teams that perform consistently well in our Dota 2 Rankings. However, it’s hard to look past what LGD.ForeverYoung and their new roster just did at EPICENTER 2017.
Grouped with the likes of Team Secret, Team Liquid, OG and fan-favourite, Natus Vincere, LGD.Forever Young absolutely dominated Group A, securing themselves a 3rd-4th place finish from the get-go via a 4-0 record.
Unfortunately, Team Liquid would get their revenge, sweeping LGD.Forever Young 2-0 in the semifinals en route to their title defense.
LGD.Forever Young will find themselves up higher on our Dota 2 Rankings if they finish strong yet again later at MDL 2017. Or, they could drop out completely if they fail to make some noise at the said tournament.
7. Team Secret
Earlier in the year, Team Secret strung together more than a dozen straight wins that made them the early favourites to win the Kiev Major. The team then collapsed, losing to Alliance early in the group stages before being dropped by SG-eSports in what has to be one of the biggest upsets in Dota 2 history.
The team has since said goodbye to pieliedie and replaced him with YapZOr, who appears to be a much better fit with the team.
Since the roster change, Team Secret qualified for DreamLeague Season 7 and EPICENTER 2017, earning a 3-4th place finish at the latter.
The team will likely look to continue their bid for a Direct TI7 invite with another strong performance at the Summit 7 later this week.
6. Invictus Gaming
Invictus Gaming looked very strong early in April. First, they won the Dota 2 Asia Champions 2017. Then, later on in the month, they earned themselves a 3-4th place finish at The Kiev Major, losing out to the eventual runner-ups, Virtus Pro.
Unfortunately, as strong as they were in April, their performance in the succeeding LAN tournaments have been underwhelming.
Maybe it’s just complacency? After all, recent history suggests that they will likely receive one of the two direct TI7 invites given out to teams from China.
Whatever the case is, Invictus Gaming find themselves just outside of the top 5 of our Dota 2 rankings.
5. Virtus Pro
After almost winning the Kiev Major 2017, Virtus Pro ramped their performance up with a first-place finish at the Mr. Cat Invitational Europe. The team then won the 2017 Russian e-Sports Cup around May.
Had Virtus Pro finished higher than 5-6th at EPICENTER 2017, we would’ve surely placed them within the top 3 of our Dota 2 Rankings. Instead, they’ll have to settle for the number five spot in place of other teams who’ve put together a string of much stronger performances in the past few weeks.
While OG hasn’t exactly posted a better winning percentage in May and June compared to Virtus Pro, they’re ranked higher than them simply because they are a four-time major champions.
Unfortunately, their lackluster showing these past few weeks – OG placed 5-6th at the Manila Masters and 7th-8th at the EPICENTER – means they’re no longer a shoo-in for the top spot.
You could make the case that OG may simply not be feeling the pressure, having already assured themselves of a direct TI7 invite by virtue of winning the past two Majors. However, until OG goes back to their winning ways, they belong exactly where they should be in our Dota 2 Rankings.
Newbee has long been one of the most consistent teams in China, and they’ve always done well against both international and Chinese competition.
Save for The Kiev Major where they, unfortunately, found themselves matched up against Team Liquid right from the start of the main event, Newbee has yet to finish lower than 4th in the LAN tournaments they’ve participated in.
Unfortunately, they still find themselves short when stacked up against the top two teams in our Dota 2 Rankings.
2. Evil Geniuses
The NA powerhouse started off 2017 with a bang by winning the Dota Pit League Season 5. They then followed that up with a slightly underwhelming 5-6th place finish at DAC 2017, before making up for it by placing 3rd-4th at The Kiev Major 2017. Then, they took home the Manila Masters title, beating Newbee handily 3-1.
It’s easy to see why many have Evil Geniuses pegged as the top Dota 2 squad after such consistently strong performances.
Unfortunately, the top squad on our Dota 2 rankings have just been arguably better since the Kiev Major.
1. Team Liquid
Team Liquid has been looking like a team that’s still trying to put everything together since they picked up GH back in January.
The team started things off well by taking home the StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 3 title in February before posting underwhelming performances in April at both the Dota 2 Asia Champions 2017 (9-12th) and The Kiev Major 2017 (5-8th).
After more than five months of playing together, however, it seems that everything is finally clicking for the European team, and at just the right time at that.
After finishing second to Team Secret at the DreamLeague Season 7 EU Division, Team Liquid took down TnC Pro Team’s newest squad 3-2 to take home the StarLadder iLeague Invitational #2 title.
They then one-upped their previous performance by defeating powerhouses, Virtus Pro, and LGD.Forever Young, before taking down Evil Geniuses 3-1 in the Grand Finals to successfully defend their EPICENTER title in Moscow.
Dota 2 Rankings – Honourable Mentions
- TNC Pro Team – The newest iteration of the TNC Pro Team squad is off to a good start, placing 2nd at their first LAN tournament at the StarLadder iLeague Invitational #2. However, the team has yet to appear in any tournament since, leaving us a relatively small sample size of games to assess just how good they really are. A strong showing at Galaxy Battles 2017 will likely bump them up on our Dota 2 rankings.
- Clutch Gamers – Qualifying for four premier tournaments in less than one month is no easy feat. This is why many people believed that Clutch Gamers, us included, would be the next SEA powerhouse. However, the team’s lackluster showings at both the Manila Masters and Epicenter 2017 are proof that the young upstarts still have a long way to go.
- Planet Odd – The former Thunderbirds squad, also formerly known as Digital Chaos, will likely receive a direct TI7 invite based on their 2nd-place finish at TI6 and other strong LAN showings leading up to the team being dropped by Digital Chaos earlier in April of this year. The team hasn’t exactly qualified to many big tournaments recently. And, when they have, they’ve bowed out early. As Thunderbirds, they earned a 9-16th finish at the Kiev Major. Meanwhile, as Planet Odd, the team earned a 7-8th finish at EPICENTER 2017. Yet, they remain honourable mentions simply because you can’t discount the fact that they’ve essentially remained the same squad that placed second at TI6.
- iG.Vitality – Ranked 3rd in our Galaxy Battles power rankings, iG.Vitality, who has played together and performed consistently well since 2015, find themselves just one LAN title away from making their way into the top 10.
Dota 2 Rankings For June 2017
With the TI7 qualifiers right around the corner, and a couple of big LAN tournaments coming up, you can expect some teams to move up and even drop out of our Dota 2 rankings entirely.
So, be sure to follow us to keep yourself updated on which teams made it in our Top 10 Dota 2 rankings.
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