Three Key Takeaways from the WESG 2017 Dota 2 Grand Final

The WESG 2017 Dota 2 Grand Final concluded with the Russians — Virtus.Pro plus Igor ‘ILTW‘ Filatov — taking out paiN Gaming 2-1 in the finals to win the tournament and take home $800,000 USD, all the while dressed in pyjama onesies. The South American team paiN Gaming were rewarded $300,000 for their efforts. Meanwhile, the all-Greek lineup of Team Hellas bagged $150,000, with the Chinese team Rock.Y rounding out the Top 4, which netted them $70,000 in prize money.

In the grand scheme of things, the WESG 2017 Dota 2 Grand Final doesn’t really affect competitive Dota 2 much. Meta-wise, we didn’t really see anything new. It also didn’t help that the tournament was littered with teams that probably won’t be playing together again. But, with $.5 million USD up for grabs, the tournament was not without its key lessons.

WESG Need To Work with Valve

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Image via Virtus.Pro

We don’t know what happened behind the scenes, so we can’t really say for sure if they didn’t coordinate. However, with so much on the line, WESG may want to work together with Valve to make sure that WESG does not have to compete with a Dota Pro Circuit tournament. Dota 2 is arguably WESG’s biggest draw and because it happened alongside the GESC Jakarta Minor, it’s highly possible that the tournament didn’t get the attention and recognition that it deserved, which is a damn shame.

This isn’t to say that GESC didn’t do a great job, but no one ever said that everybody can’t have their fair share right? If the WESG 2017 Dota 2 Grand Final had its own week dedicated to it and not a single Pro Circuit tournament taking away its players and viewership, who knows just how many more All-National pro teams would have banded together to try and give it a go?

South America Breaks Through

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Image via Pain Gaming

This weekend was big for South America’s Dota 2 scene. With two of the region’s best fighting against some of the best in the world, both Infamous and paiN Gaming made the world proud. The former gave South America their first team to have ever earned Dota Pro Circuit points with a Top 4 finish at the GESC Jakarta Minor, while the latter bagged $300,000 for finishing in 2nd-place, which is a` considerable amount of money that should go a long way in helping the team going forward.

Yes, neither of the two teams won. However, considering just how South American Dota 2 teams often exited tournaments early on prior to Infamous and paiN Gaming’s latest finishes, what they did is a huge morale booster for the region’s competitive scene.

The Scene Needs More of These

While it’s nice to see literally a Dota 2 tournament happening every week because of the Dota Pro Circuit, it’d be better to see tournaments outside of it try and vie for player and audience interest if only for viewers to get to watch something new and different every now and then. The fact that the WESG 2017 Dota 2 Grand Final still enjoyed respectable viewership numbers and had more notable players participating in it compared to last year means that it’s gaining traction.

Here’s to hoping we’ll see more and more event organizers try next year, despite the presence of the Dota Pro Circuit.

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