- July 6, 2017
The Final Match 2017 is a Dota 2 tournament produced by Vastion Group featuring a prize pool of $50,000.
The main event will kick off with the group stages on July 7. Afterwards, the teams will change venues at the Coliseum Eduardo Dibos for the playoffs on July 8 and July 9.
The Final Match 2017 – Participating Teams
The tournament will feature eight teams in total, with five directly invited to participate in the event. Originally, the organisers only planned on inviting four teams. However, the NA qualifiers didn’t push through. With time running out, they decided to invite another team instead.
The other three remaining slots were filled via the South American qualifiers (1 slot) and Peru qualifiers (2 slots).
MVP Hot6ix (SEA), Team Spirit (CIS) and Alliance (EU) all received direct invites.
Midas Club Elite secured their slot via the SA qualifier back in March by taking down SG e-sports in the Grand Finals 2-1. Thunder Awaken and Elite Wolves each qualified via the Peru Qualifiers held back in May and June respectively.
SG e-sports would later receive an invite to take the place reserved for the North American qualifiers.
Finally, Infamous, the TI7 SA Qualifier winners, was invited in July to round out the teams competing at the event.
The Final Match 2017 – The Bottom Four
- Sagong ‘Shuma’ Jaeyeong
- Son ‘Doctor’ Kyung
- Jo ‘Light’ Han-ul
- Lee ‘Reisen’ Jun-yeong
- Ha ‘Grace’ Tae-eun
- Baek ‘Hoonji’ Ji-hun
Direct invites don’t usually find themselves with little expectations heading into an event. Such is the case for MVP.Hot6ix, however.
The SEA team last played at the Mr. Cat Invitational Season 2 and ProDotA Cup Southeast Asia #6, where they placed 7th-8th and 9th-10th respectively.
With only a single official tournament win under their belt in months, it’s easy to see why they’re ranked last on our power rankings.
7. Thunder Awaken
- Juan Carlos Tito ‘vanN’ Carrizales
- Rafael Pulido ‘Gohan’ Sigueñas
- Freddy ‘SmAsH’ Sina
- Jesus ‘ztok’ Carhuaricra
- Ricardo ‘mstco’ Román
Thunder Awaken isn’t bad. They recently won the ProDotA Cup Americas #9 back in June, taking down NA’s Wheel Whreck While Whistling at the Grand Finals 3-2. However, that was with them playing with a different stand-in.
Without a regular five-man roster, there’s really no telling how well they will perform at the event.
6. Elite Wolves
- Leonardo ‘LeoStyle- Sifuentes
- Alonso ‘Kotarō Hayama’ León
- Mariano ‘Papita’ Caneda
- Steven ‘StingeR’ Vargas
- Jaír Álex Dávila ‘Masoku’ Matallana
Fun Fact: Thunder Awaken actually defeated Elite Wolves en route to winning ProDotA Cup Americas #9. So, why are Elite Wolves ranked higher? Simple. They’ve played together as a team for months now. Elite Wolves also competed at the TI7 SA Qualifiers with the same team. Albeit with disappoint results.
Either way, you just can’t discount the importance of roster stability.
5. Midas Club Elite
- Guilherme ‘FuckinEh’ Silva
- Leonardo ‘Mandy’ iViana
- Rodrigo ‘Liposa’ ilelis
- Lucas ‘Bardo’ Raphael
- Thiolicor ‘Thiago’ Cordeiro
Midas Club Elite turned some heads by finishing the group stages of the TI7 SA Qualifiers with an 8-1 record. Their performance made it seem like they would be the ones who would represent South America at TI7. However, their lack of experience as a team showed during the playoffs as they lost to more battle-hardened teams, SG e-sports and Infamous.
The Final Match 2017 – The Top Four
- Adrian ‘Era’ Kryeziu
- Linus ‘Limmp’ Blomdin
- Jonas ‘jonassomfan’ Lindholm
- Axel ‘Pablo’ Källman
- Simon ‘Handsken’ Haag
- Jonathan ‘Loda’ Berg
Alliance may arguably be the biggest name heading into the event. They could easily win the whole thing as well. Remember, this is a team loaded with talent. While that may not have translated to success at the TI7 EU Qualifiers, betting against them is definitely not a good idea.
3. SG e-sports
- William ‘hFn’ Medeiros
- Adriano ‘4dr’ Machado
- Otavio ‘Tavo’ Gabriel
- Danylo ‘KINGRD’ Nascimento
- Emilano ‘c4t’ Ito
So long as they remain as a team, the Brazilians will forever be linked to their performance at The Kiev Major. SG e-sports taking down the heavily favoured Team Secret is basically part of Dota 2 history already.
Unfortunately, as feel-good as that story was, SG e-sports hasn’t exactly followed up that success yet. Although a TI7 slot is no longer at stake, taking home the title here could give them a huge confidence boost heading into the new season.
- Benjamín ‘Benjaz’ Lanaos
- Enzo ‘Timado’ Gianoli
- Renato ‘Kingteka’ García
- Farith ‘Matthew’ Puente
- Christian ‘Accel’ Cruz
The Peruvians will have the crowd cheering for them all throughout the event. After all, they are the hometown darlings. Plus, they’re set to represent the South American region at Seattle after winning the TI7 SA Qualifiers.
It’s safe to say that the team’s confidence is at an all-time high heading into the tournament.
With a roster unproven against international competition, however, they’ll have to settle for the 2nd spot in our power rankings.
1. Team Spirit
- Stanislav ‘Bzz’ Glushan
- Bogdan ‘Iceberg’ Vasilenko
- Alexander ‘DkPhobos’ Kucheria
- Artsiom ‘fng’ Barshak
- Ivan ‘VANSKOR’ Skorokhod
This team has years of collective experience against international competition; two of them have even played at TI. The team has also played together nearly for a year. Add both together and Team Spirit is a no-brainer for the #1 spot in our power rankings.
There really won’t be as much at stake here. The prize pool is nice, but we already know who’re going to TI7. If nothing else, the tournament will be more of a celebration of what will be the largest tournament at this level in South America.
For Infamous, however, this could be their chance to defend their hometown and prove that they have what it takes to keep up with international teams.
Who do you think will win The Final Match 2017? Will Infamous successfully defend their hometown? Or will the title go to the foreign teams, Alliance, Team Spirit, or maybe even MVP.Hot6ix? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.