From eight Dota 2 teams from all over the globe, we’re now down to two as Team Secret and ViCi Gaming are set to collide in the Grand Finals of the Captains Draft Valve Minor, with as much as $300,000 and 300 Qualifying Points on the line.
Though none of the teams went home after the weirdly formatted group stages, the playoffs were a different story. On the first day alone, four teams bid their tournament hopes farewell, including Evil Geniuses, whose neck-and-neck matchup against Team Secret made for a great case in point on why tournament organisers should forgo the single-elimination format, especially in the playoff stage of tournaments, going forward.
Other teams who fell victim to the cruel single-elimination format of the playoffs include CompLexity Gaming, as well as LAN debutants, paiN Gaming and Team Empire.
Team Secret Reign Supreme
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— Events DC (@TheEventsDC) January 6, 2018
It seems that the long vacation didn’t hurt Team Secret one bit; the ROG DreamLeague Major Champions secured their berth in the Grand Finals by making short work of both Evil Geniuses and Mineski.
Up against the boys in blue, Clement ‘Puppey‘ Ivanov and his team found themselves in a surprisingly tight series. However, being the champions that they are, Team Secret found a way to pull through in the end. Though they never won a single game in dominant fashion, they walked away with a series win nonetheless to move on to the semifinals.
In the semifinals, Team Secret faced off against Mineski. The latter had all the momentum going their way as they had yet to lose a single game all throughout the tournament, but that didn’t matter to Team Secret. They were simply the better team in both games as Mineski found themselves at the mercy of both Marcus ‘Ace‘ Hoelgaard and Yeik ‘MidOne‘ Nai Zheng.
With the win, Team Secret secured themselves a 2nd-place finish and a spot in the Grand Finals of the Captains Draft Valve Minor.
ViCi Gaming Bring Out the Brooms
— ViCi Gaming (@ViCi_Gaming) January 7, 2018
While ViCi Gaming did not go undefeated in the GSL-format group stages, they were nevertheless dominant. They secured the second seed in Group Horse before following it up with back-to-back sweeps of hometown darlings CompLexity Gaming and tournament favourites OG.
Their series against CompLexity Gaming, in particular, turned out to be completely one-sided. Game 1 ended in just 23 minutes, while Game 2 took a bit more time, ending at the 32-minute mark. Though OG put up a bit more of a fight, the results were pretty much the same.
After losing to Newbee in the Grand Finals of the Perfect World Masters Minor, ViCi Gaming will now play in their 3rd Dota 2 Pro Circuit Grand Final of the season.
Will the third time be the charm for ViCi Gaming?
The Captains Draft Valve Minor Grand Finals
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3rd-4th place finishers OG and Mineski will go home with $37,500 and 30 Qualifying Points in tow. With 90 more total points secured, Mineski now have 810 Qualifying Points for the season. This will bump them up into 5th place in the Dota Pro Circuit standings, where they’ll be tied with ViCI Gaming, who have secured at least 90 more Qualifying Points. However, should ViCi Gaming take home the title, Mineski will remain in 6th place. Meanwhile, ViCi Gaming will go on to secure the 5th place for themselves.
As for OG, they now take sole possession of the 8th spot with 630 Qualifying Points. They trail Evil Geniuses, who are now in 7th place with 765 Qualifying Points.
While it’s a bit of a mess for the rest of the teams, Team Secret have a firm grip on the 1st place spot. Win or lose, they already have 3,690 Qualifying Points secured for the season. It’s just now, they have a chance to add 450 more. A win here will put them even further ahead of Team Liquid, who are in 2nd place with 2,700 Qualifying Points.
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