- June 9, 2017
Galaxy Battles is an all-new Dota 2 tournament organized by NEO and endorsed by the National Electronic Sports Organization.
The event will take place in China from June 14 until June 18 and will feature a prize pool of $150,000. The actual distribution of the prize money remains unknown as of the moment.
The event will kick off with round robin group stage matches on June 14 and 15. Afterward, the double-elimination playoffs will take place at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Centre Stadium, Shenzhen, China, from June 16 until June 18.
Galaxy Battles will feature eight teams from all over the world battling it out for both the prize money and for a chance to receive a direct invite to TI7.
Newbee, iG.Vitality and TNC Pro Team were all invited to the event on the backs of their recent performance. Surprisingly enough, Planet Odd also received an invite despite not having any strong showings in any LAN tournaments recently.
As for the other teams, mousesports, who we featured as one of our must-watch Dota 2 underdog teams, snatched up a slot via the tightly contested EU qualifiers. Meanwhile, the opposite was true for the America qualifiers, as Infamous breezed through their competition.
LGD Gaming won the China Qualifiers. However, due to a conflict in schedule, Vici Gaming was called in to take their place.
The last slot from the Southeast Asian qualifiers then went to Happy Feet, who rightly earned their slot to the event after going through a long series of tiebreakers.
Galaxy Battles – The Bottom Four
- Benjamín ‘Benjaz’ Lanaos
- Enzo ‘Timado’ Gianoli
- Renato ‘Kingteka’ Garcia
- Farith ‘Matthew’ Puente
- Christian ‘Accel’ Cruz
While Infamous breezed through the America qualifiers, you have to take their standing with a grain of salt. Their region isn’t exactly home to top-tier talent, after all.
Until they can prove that their strong performance was just a product of a relatively weak region, their placement in our rankings remains justified.
7. Planet Odd
- Roman ‘Resolut1on’ Fominok
- Aliwi ‘w33’ Omar
- David ‘MoonMeander’ Tan
- Rasmus ‘MiSeRy’ Filipsen
- Martin ‘Saksa’ Sazdov
We featured the former Thunderbirds as one of the bottom teams entering EPICENTER 2017. They proved us right after bowing out of the tournament during the group stages and winning only a single series all throughout.
With their first and only LAN tournament appearance a huge failure, the team finds itself ranked at the bottom yet again.
- Jio ‘Jeyo’ Madayag
- Benhur ‘Benhur’ Lawis
- Jayjay ‘Yaj’ Garan
- Julius ‘Julz’ De Leon
- Jessie ‘JessieVash’ Cristy Cuyco
While SEA certainly isn’t a weak region, most of SEA’s more prominent teams decided to skip the qualifiers. As such, this paved the way for SEA’s other teams to try to stake their claim on the prize and get some recognition.
Had HappyFeet dominated the qualifiers, they would’ve sneaked into the top four of our rankings. But, seeing as they barely made it into the event, they are right where they’re supposed to be.
- Omar ‘Madara’ Dabachach
- Dimitris ‘ThuG’ Plivouris
- Kharis ‘SkyLark’ Zafiriou
- Verros ‘Maybe Next Time’ Apostolos
- Giorgos ‘SsaSpartan’ Giannakopoulos
The former Ad Finem has yet to recapture some of the magic that led to their surprise run at the Boston Majors. But, you can’t exactly count them out just yet.
After all, Galaxy Battles will be the team’s first LAN tournament since the Boston Majors, and we all know what happened the last time.
Galaxy Battles – The Top Four
4. Vici Gaming
- Chen ‘Hao’ Zhihao
- Zeng ‘Ori’ Jiaoyang
- Zhou ‘Yang’ Haiyang
- Xu ‘Hym’ Zhi
- Wong Hock ‘ChuaN’ Chuan
Vici Gaming finds itself on the top four by virtue of having two former International winners being recently added to their rosters.
While the team has yet to win any qualifiers (they were invited as replacements for LGD Gaming) nor LAN tournaments, you don’t really want to bet against a team that has ChuaN and Hao in their lineup.
- Zhang ‘Paparazi灬’ Chengjun
- Xu ‘Sakata’ Zichen
- Yang ‘InJuly’ Xiaodong
- Su ‘super’ Peng
- Gao ‘dogf1ghts’ Tianpeng
With the Boston Major and Kiev Major the lone exceptions, iG.Vitality has placed no lower than 4th since the team’s formation in 2015.
They’ve been together as a team for over a year as well, so chemistry issues are highly unlikely.
Bet against them at your own risk.
2. TNC Pro Team
- Marc Polo Luis ‘Raven’ Fausto
- Carlo ‘Kuku’ Palad
- Samson Solomon Enojosa ‘Sam_H’ Hidalgo
- Timothy ‘Tims’ Randrup
- Theeban ‘1437’ Siva
The team did extremely well during their first LAN tournament together, as they found themselves just one game away from taking down Team Liquid and winning the StarLadder i-League Invitational title.
Unfortunately, with just one appearance during this patch, albeit a strong one, we’ll have to give the top spot to someone who’s rightfully earned their place.
- Xu ‘Moogy’ Han
- Song ‘Sccc’ Chun
- Damien ‘kpii’ Chok
- Hu ‘Kaka’ Liangzhi
- Zeng ‘Faith’ Hongda
Things have been clicking for Newbee since 7.06, who seems primed to receive a direct invite to TI7.
The Chinese powerhouse team placed 3rd-4th at the StarLadder iLeague Invitational S2 tournament. Then, they followed that up with a dominant performance and placing 2nd at the Manila Masters. To cap it all off, they defeated Team NP in the Grand Finals to take home the Zotac Cup Masters title.
It should already go without saying that Newbee is heading into Galaxy Battles as the heavy favorites to win the whole thing.