- June 2, 2017
In a hardly surprising turn of events, Team NP is now set to face off against Newbee in the Zotac Cup Masters Grand Finals after the NA team took down iG.Vitality 2-0 in the tournament’s semi-finals.
Hitting Their Stride
The Zotac Cup Masters seems to have flown under the radar of many Dota 2 fans. This is most likely due to it being squeezed in between Epicenter and the Manila Masters. Then, there’s also the fact that the tournament features only two top-tier teams.
Be that as it may, however, the event is still one of the premier tournaments heading up to TI7. Winning the whole thing bodes well for teams looking to secure a direct invite to the prestigious event. Or, at the very least, gain some serious momentum as the group stages approach.
Insert NP and Newbee.
Both teams have hit their stride lately. Newbee, for one, has had strong showings these past few weeks, dating back to the StarLadder i-League Invitational in China. Meanwhile, NP‘s decision to shake up their roster and bring in new familiar faces has helped them secure a surprising top-three finish at the recently concluded Manila Masters.
The two teams are set to square off at the Zotac Cup Masters Grand Finals.
Will NP Continue To Surprise?
Often maligned and ridiculed for failing to win a LAN since the team’s formation last September, NP is now just one series away from what could be their first ever LAN win.
To do that, however, means taking down Newbee, which definitely won’t be easy.
Much like NP, the chinese powerhouse has managed to put together a string of good performances in recent weeks. In fact, they’ve probably been better.
At the Manila Masters, Newbee would lose only once on their way to the Grand Finals, where Evil Geniuses would finally get their revenge, taking down the former TI4 champs 3-1.
The Zotac Cup Masters Grand Finals
The Zotac Cup Masters Grand Finals should make for quite an entertaining best-of-five series. After all, it features two top teams who were so-close to taking home the Manila Masters trophy.
With that said, we wish NP and Newbee nothing but the best ahead of their matchup!