Nearly 4 months into Dota 2’s Pro Circuit, teams are now starting to round into midseason form and as a result, we’ve got a clearer picture of who the best Dota 2 team in the world is right now. And for the first time since we started these monthly rankings, there’s a new team holding down that top spot.
As always, our rankings reflect the performance of professional Dota 2 teams, based on games played from the last time we convened up until the end of the ROG DreamLeague Major. This includes performances in both Regional Qualifiers and tournaments that are not part of the Pro Circuit. However, we do put a premium on recent play in LAN tournaments, especially in Minors and Majors.
Having said that, let’s get started.
10. Complexity Gaming
— compLexity Gaming (@compLexityLive) November 25, 2017
Previous Ranking: Honourable Mention (+1)
Last month, we said that CompLexity Gaming needed to do more if they were to move up in our monthly rankings and that they did. Sure, another 4th-place finish at the Perfect World Masters doesn’t really sound that much, but when you consider how many teams fail to even qualify or make it past the first few days of play and you’ll realize that Kyle ‘melonzz‘ Freedman and his team have done a lot with their limited opportunity.
Throw in CompLexity Gaming securing two more Pro Circuit Minors this past month and it’s easy to see why they deserve this small bump.
9. LGD Forever Young
— Wykrhm Reddy (@wykrhm) November 26, 2017
Previous Ranking: N/A
While some Dota 2 teams have benefited from having at least one spot dedicated for each of the six competitive regions for Pro Circuit LANs, LFY were easily a victim of the new system. Sure, you can argue that good teams will always find a way to qualify and LFY have — well, once so far this season anyway, as they beat Newbee 3-2 to qualify for the MDL Macau Minor — but you’d have to be kidding yourself if you said that China was not unfairly competitive.
From what they have shown so far at the Perfect World Masters, where they finished in 3rd place, LFY are still the same team that finished 3rd at The International 7. It’s just that they haven’t had much chance to showcase their skills against international competition in a LAN setting these days.
A strong showing in Macau will get them up a spot or two here, but until then, they’re exactly right where they should be.
8. Natus Vincere
— Natus Vincere (@natusvincere) December 2, 2017
Previous Ranking: N/A
Natus Vincere sure do love toying with their fan’s hearts. Just a month after killing much of the hype they generated early in the season with disappointing back-to-back LAN showings, they go on and beat Virtus Pro twice in a week, as well as finish in 4th place at the ROG DreamLeague Major.
It’s obvious that this year’s Natus Vincere still have a long way to go before they can go back to the days where they challenged other teams for the fictional title of the best Dota 2 team in the world. However, they’re performing so much better now than at this point last year, which is already a lot more than what you can ask for as a fan of arguably the most popular team in Dota 2.
Hoping to see all our fans there next year ! pic.twitter.com/UaOAY0yyfV
— Mineski Pro Team (@MineskiProTeam) December 1, 2017
Previous Ranking: 4 (-3)
Yeah, about Mineski challenging the likes of Team Liquid and Team Secret for the title of the best Dota 2 team in the world. We’re going to have to dial back on that and admit that we may have over hyped things a bit, because clearly, Mineski still have a lot of work to do. Case in point, this past month, they lost three straight Pro Circuit Regional Qualifiers and finished in 7th-8th place at the Perfect World Masters.
Make no mistake, Mineski’s certainly got the talent to be a top tier team and with Anucha ‘Jabz‘ Jirawong back to drafting again for the team, they might just do it sooner rather than later.
6. Evil Geniuses
— Evil Geniuses (@EvilGeniuses) December 3, 2017
Previous Ranking: 8 (+2)
Evil Geniuses flirted with a perfect ending to their lower bracket run in ROG DreamLeague Season 8 where they went from facing elimination after being sent to the lower brackets by Team Secret to clawing their way back and having a legitimate shot at making the Grand Finals. Of course, they didn’t make it there as Team Liquid did their usual thing and demolished them 2-0. But still, their performance was good enough for 3rd place and 225 Qualifying Points for each of their members.
While Evil Geniuses still have a ways to go, they are playing a lot better and now, they have a series of good performances to look back on to see what they need to improve as they prepare for future tournaments, starting with the Summit 8 Minor in two weeks.
5. Virtus Pro
— Virtus.pro (@virtuspro) December 2, 2017
Previous Ranking: 2 (-3)
November wasn’t exactly the best month for the bears. They lost to their CIS rivals, Natus Vincere, in two separate events, and needed OG to lose one game against Natus Vincere just so that they could qualify for the ROG DreamLeague Major. Even worse, they failed to make it to the Top 4 in the second Major of the season, losing to Evil Geniuses 2-0 in the lower brackets of the event.
Perhaps the hectic schedule has gotten them already. Alexei ‘Solo‘ Berezin, for one, seems to think so as he has since taken a short break, with Virtus Pro’s coach Ivan ‘Artstyle‘ Antonov subbing in for him in the meantime. Either way, Virtus Pro will likely end the year from the outside looking in as people debate whether or not Team Secret or Team Liquid are the best Dota 2 team in the world.
4. ViCi Gaming
— ViCi Gaming (@ViCi_Gaming) November 26, 2017
Previous Ranking: 5 (+1)
Yes, ViCi Gaming didn’t qualify for the ROG DreamLeague Major. They also won’t be making any more LAN appearances for the rest of the year. But, lest we forget, they did make it to the Grand Finals of a Pro Circuit LAN for the 2nd time in a row, and that has to account for something.
Newbee beating them 3-0 in the Grand Finals of the Perfect World Masters doesn’t take away the fact that ViCi Gaming feel more like a 1B to Newbee’s 1A, or vice versa, than being the second-best Dota 2 team in all of China.
— Newbee (@NewbeeCN) November 26, 2017
Previous Ranking: 6 (+3)
Just weeks after we said that Newbee needed to make at least one Grand Finals appearance to bump themselves up a bit higher on a monthly list, they do exactly just that. Well, not exactly, because they didn’t just play in a Grand Finals, they actually won the whole thing. They beat their closest Chinese rivals, ViCi Gaming, 3-0 in the Grand Finals of the Perfect World Masters Minor.
Unfortunately, as dominant as that win was, they failed to follow it up at the ROG DreamLeague Major. They bowed out in 5th-place after losing to Natus Vincere in the lower bracket matchup, which isn’t exactly the sort of thing you’d expect from a top tier team like Newbee.
It’ll be a while before Newbee gets a chance to play in a Pro Circuit LAN and find a way to bump themselves up in our monthly rankings. However, their spot in 3rd place is safe as can be until either one of Team Liquid and Team Secret experience a significant drop off in performance, or they themselves go on to win another Pro Circuit LAN, preferably a Major this time around.
2. Team Liquid
The Major title evades us yet again at #DHW17
Congrats to Team Secret! pic.twitter.com/dQiWaoktXN
— Team Liquid (@TeamLiquid) December 3, 2017
Previous Ranking: 1 (-1)
Somehow, it still feels kind of wrong to rank Team Liquid in 2nd place. It’s the first time we’re doing it, after all. Plus, their streak of winning 7 LANs in 9 tries, all the while making it to at least the Top 4 in the two LANs they failed to win is still amazing when you think about it. However, you can’t just ignore the way they lost to Team Secret, which is exactly why we feel that Clement ‘Ivanov‘ Puppey and his team deserves to be right where they are.
There’s no doubt that Team Liquid will bounce back from this — maybe they’ll 2-0 and then 3-0 Team Secret back to back just for good measure — but until that happens, Kuro ‘KuroKy‘ Salehi Takhasomi and the 36K MMR stack will have no choice but to abdicate their spot as the best Dota 2 team in the world.
1. Team Secret
— DreamHack Dota (@DreamHackDota) December 3, 2017
Previous Ranking: 3 (+2)
Naming the best Dota 2 team in the world isn’t easy. If you were to base it on accolades, then Team Liquid would have that title hands down. They did win Dota 2’s biggest annual tournament, The International, just a few months ago after all. Not to mention the 9 LAN titles they’ve won with the same lineup, a run which dates back to ROG DreamLeague Season 6 in December of last year.
You have to give credit where credit is due, however, and Team Secret deserves a lot of it. They’re the only team to have a series advantage against Team Liquid this season and are the only ones to have taken a series off of them in such fashion since ESL One Manila back in April of 2016 where the eventual TI6 champions, Wings Gaming, 3-0’d them in the Grand Finals.
For now, Team Secret are the best Dota 2 team in the world, and things are going to remain that way until otherwise proven.
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