The second edition of EPICENTER Moscow 2017 is to be held on the 4th-11th of June. Ten teams will battle for a $500,000 prize pool. In the first stage teams are divided in two groups. Teams finishing in first place will advance to the semifinals, while 2nd and 3rd places will continue the battle through quarterfinals.
Recently Na’Vi recieved a wildcard invide based on community votes, and now with the full list of participants we present Esportranks EPICENTER Moscow 2017 Power Rankings. These are our predictions for top/bottom 5 teams based on their recent performances.
EPICENTER Moscow 2017 Power Rankings – the bottom five
Thunderbirds are created by the former squad of Digital Chaos. So far, their best result is qualifying for the EPICENTER in the NA region, but they still have to prove their worth in a LAN tournament. Their star player and captain MiSeRy will try his best to build a reputation with his team on their first major LAN event.
Probably the most popular team in Dota 2 history, thanks to its results in the first few years when game was released. Despite having trouble in international tournaments, Na’Vi are still one of the strongest teams from CIS region. The public vote was very decisive, with Na’Vi winning around 80% of the votes split between 4 teams.
Both teams from the LGD organization still lack results in big events. The Chinese team has lots of potential but they still have to prove their worth in order to announce better days for this gaming organization.
Team Secret secured their spot through the CIS qualifiers, showing that after Virtus.Pro they are the strongest team in this traditionally strong region. In this tournament we think they may secure a 2nd/3rd spot finish in groups but doubt they will make it further than the quarterfinals.
Clutch Gamers secured their spot in the tournament by winning the SEA qualifiers. This upcoming region is getting better and better at Dota 2, and even tho Clutch Gamers are far from favourites, we may see them take of some big wins against teams from the top 5.
EPICENTER Moscow 2017 Power Rankings – the top 5
Currently the best ranked Chinese team. They have qualified for almost every tournament this year and they always perform at the highest level. However, we are not sure that they will be able to beat European and NA teams for the title.
Liquid are coming improving their form before The International 2017. They proved this by winning their first LAN title after a while at the StarLadder i-League Invitational. They are also defending last year’s title.
The strongest team of the CIS region is looking for a title at the major tournament to boost their spirits before upcoming The International 2017. We all know that they are an amazing team, and The Kiev Major title was within their reach but OG managed to win it in the 5th game. Maybe EPICENTER Moscow 2017 is a place where they will shine, carried by the support of their home crowd.
The NA powerhouse teams played with confidence at the Manila Masters. At The Kiev Major they got knocked out by the winners OG, and are looking to win a major trophy international trophy for their region.
Despite a weaker performance and getting defeated 2:0 by Newbee at Manila Masters day 1, OG remain strong favourites for almost every tournament. They once again proved their dominance by winning a fourth major title in Kiev, and are looking to fight off any contenders for top ranked team in Dota 2.