All eight participating Dota 2 teams for the OGA Dota Pit Minor is now set following the conclusion of the regional qualifiers, which ran from April 2-6.
Ninjas in Pyjamas, Alliance, Forward Gaming, Pacific eSports, Gambit Esports, BOOM ID, Royal Never Give Up, and EHOME will all be squaring off at the OGA Dota Pit Minor 2019 from April 22 to April 28 at the Spaladium arena in Croatia, Split.
The OGA Dota Pit Minor will serve as the fourth Minor of the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit. It will precede the MDL Disneyland Paris Major, which will run from May 4-12.
Heading into the OGA DOta Pit Minor, no team seems much more heavily favoured compared to others. This is unlike the StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor, where Vici Gaming were clearly a class above the rest of the field.
With that said, it’ll be interesting to see which of the eight Dota 2 teams will emerge victorious and punch their ticket to Paris.
When Is the OGA Dota Pit Minor Going to Start?
The OGA Dota Pit Minor will officially kick off on April 22, 2019.
Judging by the tournament tickets for sale, it seems that the entire tournament, from the group stages down to the playoffs, will be played in front of the live audience. This makes it the first DPC tournament to do so this season.
As for the format of the tournament, the group stages will follow a two-group, round-robin format for seeding purposes. The tournament will then go into a double-elimination playoffs. All matches will be a best-of-three except for the grand finals, which will be a best-of-five.
The winners of the OGA Dota Pit Minor will take home $125,000 of the prize pool, 120 DPC points each, as well as advance to the MDL Disneyland Paris Major.
As the season continues to progress and teams start rounding into mid-season form, we’re finally seeing the difference between the Tier 1 teams and the rest of the field.
While the lack of a true powerhouse at the OGA Dota Pit Minor may mean that the participating teams may not be able to test their mettle against an elite squad, the relatively equal skill level of all teams means that the matches will be a lot closer. This also means that trying to predict which team will emerge victorious will be a lot more difficult as well.
This is a win-win for all parties involved. For the participating teams, this means that they won’t be severely outclassed or outskilled. At the same time, they’ll still get a chance to see if their strategies and understanding of the current meta works. Meanwhile, for the viewers, it also means that there’ll be fewer stomps, and there will be fewer one-sided games.
Which team do you think will win the OGA Dota Pit Minor? Do you think it will be a Chinese team again? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.