- April 18, 2017
Newbee became the DPL champions and won their second championship title in the DPL – Dota2 Professional League. This is a Chinese league sponsored by the Chinese Administration of Sport and hosted by MarsTV. They claimed the title by decisively beating LGD in the Grand Finals. Last season, Newbee took down Invictus Gaming by a score of 3:0 for the throne.
How Newbee became the DPL champions
Newbee was seeded into the DPL Top League for the third season, after emerging victorious in season 2. They placed fourth with a 5-6-0 record and 16 points. LGD had the same score and won the tiebreaker, but fourth place was enough for Newbee to advance to the playoffs. They swept the floor with VGJ 2:0, setting up the duel with Invictus Gaming, a rematch of season 2 Grand Finals. Once again, Newbee bested iG 2:1, earning a chance to defend last year’s title.
In the Grand Finals, Newbee battled it out with LGD, and took the first two wins in a very convincing manner. They dropped the third game in this BO5, but this did not stagger them. The squad took their time, tended to their wounds and headed back into the game ready for the win. The fourth game was very one-sided, and Newbee cemented their position as the DPL champions.
Although Newbee has been constantly playing in major events over the last two years, the team was unable to shine at LAN events. Things started to improve steadily since recruiting “uuu9”, “Sccc” and “Faith” in September. From this point, Newbee has been making their move once again to claim the very top in the Chinese as well as the international scene. Newbee was a direct invite to The Kiev Major and this title will give them great momentum since they are gearing up for one top spots in the last Major before The International 2017.
DPL – Dota2 professional League is a Chinese league sponsored by the Chinese General Administration of Sport (GASC). In the first year it featured a total prize pool if $1 million split among 22 teams. The First season kicked off in May 2016.
GASC and MarsTV representatives held a joint press conference at the Grand Hyatt Beijing. All players and participants received official statements and certificates authenticating them as official professional athletes in China. During this event, officials stated that they aim to help players grow. Also, integration of tournaments in the system of Dota2 in China is one of their future goals.
It puts a smile on my face to see that government officials in China are paying so much deserved attention to the eSports. These young men who play Dota2 get the recognition they deserve for their hard work and dedication. Maybe officials in other regions and countries will look up to their Chinese colleagues and encourage players to dedicate their time to the games they are passionate about, with a chance to get accepted as athletes who are representing their nations.
The prize pool for DPL season four was ¥500,000 CNY (~$72,500 USD). Newbee earned ¥225,000 (~$32,500) for being the DPL champions.