A lot of things happened in the past week, from Valve announcing the Dota 2 pro circuit, to Team Phoenix rising to become Immortals and the return of the highly-entertaining Captains Draft tournament that now has been granted Minor status.
With that said, we present to you our recap of everything important that happened from September 12 to September 18.
The Dota Pro Circuit
Valve has finally shed some light on many of the uncertainties surrounding the upcoming season, even giving this season’s line-up of Valve-sponsored tournaments an official name.
The Dota Pro Circuit will be composed of 11 Majors and 16 Minors, each of which will award Qualifying Points for TI8.
Valve also announced the much-awaited roster lock, as well as a FAQ to clarify everything anyone would need to know about the Qualifying Points.
To top it all off, Valve also made changes to the way coaches can interact with their teams; coaches can now talk to their teams throughout the draft phase.
Click here for more information.
Captains Draft 4.0
Captains Draft is a unique Dota 2 tournament that follows the Captains Draft game mode instead of the usual Captains Mode.
In this mode, teams will choose from a limited pool of 9 random heroes for each of the three main attributes for a total of 27. The teams will then go on to ban three heroes each and afterwards draft their lineups based on the heroes remaining in the pool.
Captains Draft first kicked off back in 2014 where Fnatic took down Natus Vincere in the Grand Finals 3-1 to claim the title. Team Secret went on to win the tournament back in 2015, followed by Evil Geniuses in 2016.
The latest Captains Draft tournament will hold more weight than ever before. Not only will it feature the biggest prize pool in the tournament’s history at $300,000, but also 300 Qualifying Points will be at stake.
The LAN Finals of the Captains Draft Minor will take place on January 4-7 2018 in Washington, D.C.
Immortals Pick Up TI6 MVP Squad
After disbanding and going their separate ways following their Top 6 finish at The International 6, the former MVP.Phoenix squad reunited earlier two weeks ago to wreak havoc with their “Caveman Dota” playstyle once again.
Initially reforming under the Team Phoenix banner, the Korean Overlords have since been picked up by the North American organisation Immortals.
They will make their debut this week at the regional qualifiers for the PGL and StarLadder Minors, as well as for the ESL Hamburg Major.
For more information, click here.
Natus Vincere and SG e-sports Are Going to Kiev
Natus Vincere and SG e-sports both secured their spots for first ever Dota 2 Minor in Kiev on October by winning their respective regional qualifiers.
For Natus Vincere, their latest additions stepped up in their high-stakes rematch against Team Spirit in the Grand Finals of the CIS Qualifiers.
Vladimir ‘RodjER’ Nikogosyan and his Chen proved a major factor in Game 1 as he masterfully controlled two Black Dragon ancient creeps to help keep the pressure on Team Spirit. Meanwhile, in Game 2, Vladislav ‘Crystallize’ Krystanek’s timely decisions and wise itemisation on Phantom Lancer allowed him to go toe-to-toe with Sven late into the game.
The main star in the said game, however, was Danil ‘Dendi’ Ishutin; the supah middah dealt 94,000 damage in the 66-minute long game to help Natus Vincere avenge their earlier loss and sweep Team Spirit.
For SG e-sports, their run at the SA Qualifiers was pretty much a team effort.
After dropping to the lower brackets early courtesy of Luccini, the Brazilians clawed their way out as they took down Fúria Jovem and Infamous before ultimately getting their revenge against Luccini to face off against Digital Chaos.SA in the Grand Finals.
While many already had DC.SA pegged to bag their second straight qualifier, SG e-sports played spoilers and swept the newly-formed team for the right to represent South America in Kiev.
Natus Vincere and SG e-sports join Mineski as the teams to have already qualified for the first Minor of the season.
Mineski and DC.SA Shake Up The Status Quo
Initially considered as underdogs at best prior to the start of the qualifiers, Mineski and DC.SA has since gone on to prove many of their doubters wrong.
Mineski, in particular, has looked unstoppable in their recent showings; TI7 SEA representatives Execration and TNC Pro Team proved helpless against the newly formed squad.
Digital Chaos.SA, though not as dominant, are starting to come into form as well. They’re currently guaranteed a spot in the LAN finals of the PGL Minors. They also came close to representing South America in Kiev.
Composed of five of the most experienced players in all of South America, the newly-formed Digital Chaos.SA squad has the talent to become the region’s predominant team.
Only 4 Teams Remain In King’s Cup America
The first of its kind, the King’s Cup America online tournament will certainly not be the last. Especially not after having proven to be quite the success so far.
The league play of the online tournament recently concluded, with The Dire, Digital Chaos, CompLexity Gaming and Infamous all headed to the playoffs where the winners will go on to receive a direct invite to The Summit 8 Minor tournament later this year.
Click here for our group stage recap & playoffs preview.
Other Noteworthy News
- Team Liquid and Newbee receive direct invites to the LAN finals of the Starladder Minor and ESL Hamburg Major.
- Ex-OG and two-time Major winner Anathan ‘Ana’ Pham accused of “scamming” by his former manager. You can read more about it here.
- Ivan ‘VANSKOR’ Skorokhod returns to Team Empire to replace the position 4 spot vacated by Rodjer.
- Team Kinguin pick up former Team Singularity turned sponsorless stack Let’s Do It.
- Manila Masters’ tournament organisers recently put Jacky ‘EternalEnvy’ Mao’s infamous chair up for bidding. The bidding began at $322 and is now at $1,400.