Following the conclusion of ESL Hamburg near the end of October, Dota 2‘s Pro Circuit will treat us to another set of Valve-sponsored tournaments, starting with the LAN Finals of the Dota PIT League Minor this weekend.
Held at the Meridian Lav Hotel in Split, Croatia, the sixth ever installment of the famed Dota PIT series of tournaments will feature eight teams fighting for a $300,000 USD prize pool and 300 Qualifying Points for The International 8.
If you’re looking to know more about the tournament, look no further as we’ve got all the information you need down below.
Mineski would’ve made their third Pro Circuit LAN appearance at the Dota PIT League Minor. However, the PGL Minor Champions decided to back out due to “family issues”. Replacing them are Fnatic, who went 0-3 at the ESL Hamburg Major last weekend as stand-ins for HappyFeet.
Joining both Fnatic and OG are the six teams below who each made their way either via direct invites or their respective regional qualifiers.
- Direct Invites — Team Liquid
- Direct Invites — Newbee
- CIS — Virtus.Pro
- North America — Immortals
- South America — SG e-sports
- China — Vici Gaming
FORMAT AND BREAKDOWN
Official Stream: https://go.twitch.tv/dotapit
Prize Pool: The Dota PIT League Minor will have a prize pool of $300,000 USD and 300 Qualifying Points. The point distribution is as follows:
- 1st Place — 150 Qualifying Points
- 2nd Place — 90 Qualifying Points
- 3rd Place — 45 Qualifying Points
- 4th Place — 15 Qualifying Points
Note: Dota PIT have yet to release any information regarding how the cash prize distribution works out.
Format: The Dota PIT League Minor will deviate from the Pro Circuit LAN finals that preceded it in that there will be no group stages. Instead, teams will battle it out in a double-elimination bracket format starting from the first day of the tournament on November 2 until the last on November 5.
All upper bracket matches except for the Grand Finals, which are BO5, will be a BO3, while the all the matches in the lower brackets will be a BO1.
The lack of a one-day playoff and the fact that it is the first LAN tournament to be played in patch 7.07 means that tuning in right from the get-go is a definite must.
After spending much of last season playing arguably second fiddle to the likes of Team Liquid, OG and Evil Geniuses, among others, the CIS bear finally got over the hump at the ESL One Hamburg Major last weekend by taking home the title.
En route to hoisting their first ever Major trophy, Virtus.Pro took down Keen Gaming, Team Liquid, Newbee, and Team Secret.
Now, does this mean that Virtus.Pro are the best Dota 2 team in the world as of the moment? Probably. But, their spot at the top of the proverbial totem pole remains precarious at best until they go on and win a second straight Pro Circuit LAN.
Bagging the Dota PIT League Minor title and qualifying for the DreamLeague Major in December should solidify their hold as the top dog in all of Dota 2 for at least until another month.
As far as everybody is concerned, the Dota PIT League Minor is a two-team race between Team Liquid and Virtus.Pro.
While the ESL One Hamburg champions proved that they were ahead of the curve at last weekend’s tournament, betting against Team Liquid has historically never panned out.
Sure, 7.07 is NOT 7.06, which is where the reigning champions did most of their damage, but do you really think that Kuro ‘KuroKy‘ Salehi Takhasomi and the 36K stack can’t improvise, adapt, and overcome?
Should either one of Team Liquid and Virtus.Pro manage to take each other out, then the other teams in the tournament can rejoice. However, if their paths don’t cross until the final day, there’s a huge chance that we’ll finally see these two teams duke it out in a BO5 series at the Grand Finals.
BIGGEST STORYLINES TO WATCH OUT FOR
Which Teams Will Be the First to Adapt?
Even though Team Liquid and Virtus.Pro remain firmly ahead of the pack, the uncertainty surrounding the new patch and the lack of prep time leaves the field open entirely for upsets to happen.
With 7.07 going live in the main client less than two days before the start of the Dota PIT League Minor, this weekend will be interesting to watch, to say the least.
Can OG Return to Form?
You know it’s never a good sign when your team is struggling to qualify for Pro Circuit tournaments in a region where you’re supposed to be a close second to the TI champions.
OG’s performance has fallen way off since winning the Kiev Major back in April. Even worse, adding Resolut1on to the team, who most thought was an upgrade over Anathan ‘Ana’ Pham, hasn’t exactly panned out well so far.
With that said, the Dota PIT League Minor is the one tournament that will help prove if OG are still legitimate world-class contenders or if they remain a work in progress.
Is Team Liquid a One Patch Team?
Forming a dynasty in Dota 2 is near impossible. The ever-shifting metagame makes it hard for teams to dominate year in and year out. However, Team Liquid seemed poised to be the first, especially after their successful title defense at the Starladder Minor earlier this season.
While it’s still too early to sound the proverbial alarm, Team Liquid losing two series of matches in one tournament for the first time in months isn’t good news either. Especially not when a new patch arrives to shake things up once again.
Should Team Liquid weather the proverbial storm and go on to win the Dota PIT League Minor, they’ll have taken a huge step towards building a strong case to becoming the first ever Dota 2 dynasty.
The AMD Sapphire Dota PIT League Minor
The AMD Sapphire Dota PIT League Minor will kick off on November 2 (Thursday) and will run until November 5 (Sunday).
More information regarding the schedule of matches is available on the official website.
Which team do you think will go on to win the first Minor of the 7.07 era? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.