Last week was a huge week for Dota 2, from Team Secret proving once again that they are Team Liquid’s kryptonite by routing them to win the ROG DreamLeague S8 Major to Alliance finally announcing their newest competitive Dota 2 roster.
Witih so much to catch up on, we’re more than happy to keep you up to speed with what’s going on in Dota 2 with our latest weekly recap.
Team Secret Win DreamLeague S8 Major
— DreamHack Dota (@DreamHackDota) December 3, 2017
So much for the TI curse not being true, right? As it turns out, while Team Liquid have won all of the Minors they’ve played in this season, they aren’t exactly so lucky when it comes to Majors. Because, for the second straight Major in a row, Team Secret eliminated them from contention, and this time around, it was via a 3-0 sweep in the Grand Finals of the DreamLeague S8 Major.
The win puts Team Secret on top of the season leaderboards with 3,690 Qualifying Points already secured. In 2nd place are Team Liquid with 2,700 Qualifying Points, followed by Virtus Pro (2,295 QP) in 3rd and finally, rounding out the top 4 are Newbee (1,035 QP).
New Alliance Dota 2 Roster Announced
— Alliance (@theAllianceGG) November 29, 2017
The Swedish organisation and The Internationl 3 champions, Alliance, have finally announced their new roster. Headlining the lineup is co-owner and co-founder Jonathan ‘Loda‘ Berg as the team’s captain. Joining him are former Heroes of Newerth players, Micke ‘miCKe‘ Nguyen, Aydin ‘iNsaNiA‘ Sarkohi, Samuel ‘Boxi‘ Svah and former SFT player, Tommy ‘Taiga‘ Le.
On that note, Loda, as well as former Alliance players, Henrik ‘AdmiralBulldog‘ Ahnberg and Joakim ‘Akke‘ Akterhall were all in full attendance of the DreamLeague S8 Major.
Click here for our official coverage of the announcement.
MiSeRy Leaves OpTic Gaming, Saksa Stands In
As finally announced, I have left OpTic. Excited for the future!
— Rasmus Filipsen (@MiSeRyDOTA) November 28, 2017
Rasmus ‘MiSeRy‘ Filipsen left OpTIc Gaming earlier this week after spending the last 4 months with the team. Temporarily replacing him is his former teammate with Digital Chaos, Martin ‘Saksa‘ Sazdov, who has been without a team for quite some time.
Captained by the legendary TI5 winner, Peter ‘ppd‘ Dager, OpTic Gaming entered the season with huge expectations. However, save for winning the King’s Cup Qualifier earlier in September, they have since yet to win anything noteworthy. That is, until last week when they managed to qualify for the Galaxy Battles Major in January with MiSeRy standing in for the team.
OpTic Gaming are set to play in the ASUS ROG Masters (December 7-10) and The Summit 8 Minor (December 13-17).
Kpii to Stand in for VGJ.Storm for MDL Macau Minor
— Team VGJ (@Team_VGJ) December 1, 2017
Newbee’s Damien ‘kpii‘ Chok will reportedly stand in for VGJ.Storm later this week in the MDL Macau Minor.
A position three offlaner for Newbee, he is set to play as the position one hard carry for VGJ.Storm. He last played the role two years ago with MVP.Phoenix when they finished in 7th-8th place at The International 5.
SexyBamboe Leaves Hellraisers
A roster of HellRaisers has undergone changes.
— HellRaisers Esports (@HELLRAISERSgg) November 30, 2017
Alaan ‘SexyBamboe‘ Faraj have parted ways with Hellraisers after months of little success with the team. His departure leaves the team’s position one carry role vacant as Neta ‘33‘ Shapira has also decided to return to the offlane. The team is now currently looking for a replacement.
So far this season, Hellraisers have come close to qualifying for a Pro Circuit LAN thrice.
Southeast Asia In Danger of Losing Two Minors
— Wykrhm Reddy (@wykrhm) September 27, 2017
The Pro Circuit takes another huge hit as two Minors are currently postponed until further notice. The Minors, scheduled for January in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur in March, were part of GESC event organisers’ lineup of events for 2018. According to the organisers, they were forced to announce a schedule delay due to factors beyond their control.
Valve has yet to release a statement regarding the situation. However, it is pretty clear that we’ll see an announcement soon enough. After all, we’re only more than a month away from one of the cancelled Minors. This leaves very little time left to find a replacement. Perhaps more importantly, however, is the question of whether or not, there’s still enough time to accommodate the two Minors at a later date.
Click here for the official announcement.