Mineski will take home the PGL Minor 2017 trophy, $130,000 in prize money, and 150 Qualifying Points as they take down LGD Gaming 2-0 in the Grand Finals of the second Dota 2 Minor of the season.
Mineski’s win comes exactly a week after they lost 3-1 to the defending champions, Team Liquid, in the Grand Finals of the Starladder Minor. And, for the Dota 2 veteran from Malaysia, Chai ‘Mushi’ Yee Fung, this will be his first international LAN title since winning Starladder Starseries Season 9 back in 2014 when he was still playing with Team DK.
Coincidentally enough, Mushi’s first LAN title in quite a while comes just as he is reunited with his former teammate with Team DK, Daryl Koh ‘iceiceice’ Pei Xiang.
Mineski Run Over LGD Gaming
Congratulations Mineski-Dota the winners of the PGL Open Bucharest. 150 QP and $130.000. It was a pleasure having you in our studios. GG LGD-Gaming
Posted by PGL on Sunday, October 22, 2017
Just as LGD Gaming ran over Evil Geniuses earlier in the day, so too did they find themselves at the mercy of the better team in the Grand Finals of the PGL Minor 2017.
Playing without Chen ‘Victoria’ Guanhong hurt them the most in their matchup against Mineski; Yao ‘Yao’ Zhengzheng found himself thoroughly outplayed by his counterpart over at Mineski, Anucha ‘Jabz’ Jirawong.
In Game 1, Yao and his Sand King failed to make any impact, while Jabz was all over the map with his Earth Spirit. The constant movement of Mineski’s supports and Kam ‘NaNa’ Boon Seng on his Mirana gave LGD Gaming fits as they struggled to keep up. Meanwhile, this created enough space for Mushi and iceiceice to farm as they pleased on Phantom Assassin and Monkey King respectively.
With both of Mineski’s melee cores hitting like a truck in no time, they decided to make use of their advantage; a timely Double Damage run pickup would serve as the final nail in the proverbial coffin as LGD Gaming just could do nothing to contest Mineski’s relatively quick Roshan attempt.
In Game 2, Mineski went with their core trio of Puck, Vengeful Spirit, and Broodmother and LGD Gaming simply stood no chance.
They pretty much lost all of their lanes and after they nearly got wiped near the 30-minute mark of the game, LGD Gaming saw no chance of coming back and promptly called GG.
While the Broodmother may have taken much of the spotlight, Jabz’s play on Earth Spirit deserves a lot of commendation. His timely initiations and saves alike were just as big of a factor in Mineski’s win as iceiceice’s play on Black Arachnia was.
The PGL Minor 2017 Champions
PGL Open Bucharest CHAMPION!!
Posted by Mineski-Dota on Sunday, October 22, 2017
By winning the PGL Minor 2017, Mineski becomes the first team from the SEA region to win an international LAN title in a long time. This has led many to refer to them as the first Tier 1 team in SEA in years; a legitimate praise when you consider that they secured 4 straight Minor qualifiers to open up the season and have played in the Grand Finals of two of them.
With 720 Qualifying Points secured, Mineski are in the lead for the season. At least, for now. But more importantly, winning the PGL Minor 2017 tournament puts them on the map as a team worthy of a direct invite to future Pro Circuit tournaments, which should give other Dota 2 teams from SEA a chance to qualify.
What do you think the ceiling is for this Mineski lineup? Do you think the PGL Minor 2017 title is just the first of many? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.