Everybody’s favourite laid back tournament returns for its eight iteration, with the Dota Summit 8 Minor now having more at stake than ever before. For starters, it will feature the largest prize pool the Summit has ever seen at $300,000. Up for grabs as well are 300 Qualifying Points for The International 8.
Headlining the list of participants are the recently-crowned MDL Macau champions, OG. They’re joined by Evil Geniuses as the two direct invites to the event. These two teams are likely looking to send the year off with a huge win. Although that’s easier said than done. Virtus Pro, playing with Ivan ‘Artstyle‘ Antonov as a stand-in, are much better than their performance in Macau showed. Not to mention, the defending back-to-back champions are looking to play some “good Dota 2″ after being snubbed twice. Meanwhile, CompLexity Gaming, Team Kinguin, and, to some extent, Fnatic, are all threats to make a deep run.
Speaking of threats, OpTic Gaming are making their Pro Circuit LAN debut in the Dota Summit 8 Minor. Captained by the legendary Peter ‘ppd‘ Dager, #thegreenwall are not to be underestimated.
So, if you’re ready for BeyondTheSumit’s Winter WonderLAN, then look no more; we’ve rounded up all the details you’ll ever need right here.
— Beyond the Summit (@BeyondTheSummit) November 17, 2017
Below is a complete list of all the Dota 2 teams who will play in the Dota Summit 8 Minor:
- Direct Invites — OG and Evil Geniuses
- China — LGD Gaming
- North America — CompLexity Gaming
- South America — Sacred
- Europe — Team Kinguin
- CIS — Virtus Pro
- Southeast Asia — Fnatic
Prize Pool and Format
'Twas three days before Summit when groups are set for the house. pic.twitter.com/ESFk4qUI4u
— Beyond the Summit (@BeyondTheSummit) December 10, 2017
Prize Pool: As per Valve’s guidelines for Pro Circuit tournaments, the Dota Summit 8 Minor will feature a prize pool of $300,000 USD and 300 Qualifying Points.
The distribution is as follows:
- 1st Place — $120,000 (150 QP)
- 2nd Place — $60,000 (90 QP)
- 3rd-4th Place — $36,000 ( 30 QP)
- 5th Place — $18,000
- 6th-7th Place — $9,000
- 8th-9th — $6,000
Format (Group Stages):
- The 9 teams are split into 3 groups of 3 teams each and follow a 3-game series round-robin.
- All three teams with the most Qualifying Points (Virtus Pro, Evil Geniuses, LGD Gaming) were placed in separate groups and allowed to choose their remaining opponents.
- Each win equals one point. Every match will be a BO3. In case of tiebreakers, the teams tied in points will play to determine the higher seed.
- The highest point getters from each group will advance to the playoffs.
Format (Wild Cards):
- The runner-ups from each group and the 3rd place team with the most wins overall will fight it out for the last playoff spot in a single-elimination 4-team brawl.
- All matches are BO3.
- The 3 group winners and the winner of the Wild Card will fight it out in a single-elimination playoff.
- Both semifinals are BO3. Grand Finals will be a BO5.
— Wykrhm Reddy (@wykrhm) June 19, 2017
As the back-to-back champions (as in, they won the last two Summit tournaments), Virtus Pro are the de-facto team to beat in the Dota Summit 8 Minor. They haven’t exactly had the best performance since winning the ESL One Hamburg Major, but that doesn’t make them any less of a threat. Especially not when they have the legendary Ukranian player, Artstyle, subbing in for Alexei ‘Solo‘ Berezin as the team’s captain.
Virtus Pro are a scary team to play against and almost everyone will take them over any opponent in a series, even against the reigning TI champions, Team Liquid. Not a single Dota 2 team coming into the tournament boasts such credentials, which only makes them an even heavier favourite to take home yet another Summit trophy. And with them being snubbed of a direct invite twice, you can expect Virtus Pro to make BeyondTheSummit pay for the “misunderstanding” at the expense of the other teams in the tournament.
— OG (@OGDota2) December 10, 2017
You know you’ve been a successful Dota 2 team when you’ve won so many Major tournaments that you just decide to start winning Minors instead. All jokes aside, however, OG winning the MDL Macau Minor was a good way to salvage what could’ve been a disastrous first four months for the 4-time Major winners. And though they haven’t exactly shown enough to warrant top-tier status, they have shown that they are closer to rejoining the upper echelon of Dota 2 teams than most people realize.
If they top their group at the expense of Virtus Pro, it wouldn’t come off as a surprise for OG to go all the way and win the Dota Summit 8 Minor.
Hope this tournament convinces people of doing double elim, felt like the third best team here and got third place, could have been last place in single elim.
— Cr1t- (@Cr1tdota) December 3, 2017
Evil Geniuses are too good of a team to be considered a dark horse. Especially after their 3rd-place showing in the ROG DreamLeague Major, where only Team Liquid and Team Secret, who both are on a level of their own right now, could take a series off of them.
While this version of Evil Geniuses are not the world beaters that we have come to know them as in years past, they’re still legitimate contenders with a good chance of winning the Dota Summit 8 Minor.
Dark Horses Contenders
— Beyond the Summit (@BeyondTheSummit) December 11, 2017
Having had little chance to prove themselves in a LAN setting, OpTic’s chances are all purely based on potential. But, if you were to bet on an unlikely team to win the Dota Summit 8 Minor, you could a whole lot worse than OpTic Gaming.
Even if this is their first Pro Circuit LAN, the entire team, save for Quinn ‘CC&C‘ Callahan, is full of experience. And even though he’s relatively new to the competitive scene, CC&C has arguably been the team’s most consistent performer since their inception. If anything, it’s Ludwig ‘zai‘ Wåhlberg, who recently moved from the position 4 support role to the offlane, who has not performed to his usual standards.
Should OpTic Gaming ever manage to put everything together, they’re a scary team that can go toe-to-toe with just about anyone in the world.
— LGD-Gaming (@LGDgaming) September 4, 2017
With Ren ‘eLeVeN‘ Yangwei now lending his spectacular offlane services to ViCi Gaming and Chen ‘Hao‘ Zhihao looking out of sorts as the team’s position 4 support player, LGD Gaming have gone from TI contenders to a team that has failed to make the playoffs for two tournaments in a row. Even with their lackluster performance recently, however, they’re not exactly a team to mess with. The cumulative talent and experience in the squad are just too much for them to keep on under performing.
LGD Gaming placed 3rd the last time they appeared in the Summit back in June. Who’s to say they won’t rebound and perform just as well, if not do better, in their return?
Dota Summit 8 Minor
The last Pro Circuit LAN of the year will start on December 13 and end on December 17.
Which team do you think will have a Merry Christmas and win BeyondtheSummit’s Winter WonderLAN? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.