After an unsurprising delay, Valve finally released the Frostvirus update. Along with it also signaled the end of the first quarter of the Dota Pro Circuit, which saw 6 Minors and 2 Majors take place.
Having said that, let’s take a look at all the important events that happened in Dota 2 these past two weeks.
Frostvirus Finally Arrives
— DOTA 2 (@DOTA2) December 14, 2017
Dota 2’s annual Frostvirus event has finally arrived and with it comes the obligatory set of new mini-games for casual and hardcore players to enjoy. As always, it comes with its own Winter-themed Frostvirus treasure chest, which includes cosmetic sets for a number of heroes, including rare drops for Puck, Wraith King and Batrider.
Click here for Valve’s official announcement.
OG and Virtus Pro Take Last Two Minors of the Year
The Top 8 Teams on the #RoadToTI8 at the end of 2017. The race is on.
— Wykrhm Reddy (@wykrhm) December 18, 2017
Bitter rivals, OG and Virtus Pro, took turns taking the trophies of the last two Pro Circuit Minors of the year. Coincidentally enough, despite making it the playoffs in both events, both teams did not meet in the semifinals of the tournaments, let alone in the Grand Finals.
OG first took home the title at the MDL Macau Minor back in December 10. They swept TNC Pro Team, who took down Virtus Pro in the semifinals, in the Grand Finals to put themselves on the season’s leaderboards for the first time this season. Virtus Pro then defended their title and became 3-time Summit champions at the Dota Summit 8 Minor the following week. This time around, it was OG who fell short of the tournament’s ultimate round after suffering an upset at the hands of Fnatic in the semifinals.
Virtus Pro and OG are now headed into 2018 at 3rd and 7th place in the leaderboards with 2,697 and 540 Qualifying Points respectively.
Team Empire Take Home ROG Masters Title
— ROG MASTERS (@ROGMasters) December 11, 2017
While the CIS powerhouse Team Empire have failed to make a splash in the Dota Pro Circuit in 2017, they can take solace in the fact that they finally ended their international LAN drought with a win at the ROG Masters 2017 tournament in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Team Empire met OpTic Gaming in the Grand Finals and beat the star-studded squad, led by the legendary captain Peter ‘ppd‘ Dager, 3-2.
Though the win was undoubtedly huge for the CIS organisation, it has not stopped them from experimenting with their lineup. Team Captain, Ivan ‘VANSKOR‘ Skorokhod, is currently riding the pine, with Maxim ‘Yoky‘ Kim standing in the for the team.
Team Empire are set to play in their only Pro Circuit LAN so far at the Captains Draft Minor on January 4-7 2018.
GESC Minors Cancelled, Unannounced Major Rescheduled
— Wykrhm Reddy (@wykrhm) December 7, 2017
The Dota Pro Circuit are now down 2 Minors and 1 Major due to unexplained circumstances. The Minors in question are the GESC Minors in Singapore and Malaysia scheduled for January and March respectively. Another unannounced Major also took the hit, while one Major, originally scheduled for February, was rescheduled to March to accommodate the changes.
Because of the cancellations, the Dota Pro Circuit is now short 2,100 Qualifying Points. Valve has yet to release a proper statement regarding this whole situation.
Click here for more information.
ESL Announce Direct Invites for ESL One Genting 2017
— ESL Dota2 (@ESLDota2) December 6, 2017
After receiving much criticism for their 8-team lineup at the ESL One Hamburg Major, ESL made changes to their tournament format. Our first glimpse of the supposed changes will come at ESL One Genting 2018, which will feature as many as 16-teams.
ESL has since announced the direct invites for the Pro Circuit Minor, scheduled for January 23-27. Headlining the direct invites are Virtus Pro, Team Liquid, Newbee, and Team Secret. Notable inclusions include Evil Geniuses, as well as this season’s top performers, Mineski, Fnatic, and ViCi Gaming.
ESL will supposedly invite a ninth team. However, there are no details as of yet regarding which team will receive the free pass to the 2nd Minor of 2018. Rounding out the 16-team tournament are seven more who will join via the regional qualifiers. The Chinese qualifiers will have two qualifier spots up for grabs. This will make it so that 4 Chinese teams in total will attend the event.
Click here for more information.
Thank you for catching up with us! It’s been a great year this 2017 and we hope to see more of you guys in 2018! Happy holidays!