Nigma is KuroKy’s new Dota 2 organization and it’s made up of the former Team Liquid roster. However, after declining to take part in the qualifiers for the first Major of the Dota Pro Circuit, their performance in the qualifiers for the second Major was not good enough to grant them a ticket for it. And that’s how we got here, with the 2019 TI finalists having to go through the humiliation of competing in lower-tier events such as WePlay! Bukovel Minor.
WePlay! Bukovel Minor Information
This Dota 2 event will be the second Minor of the 3rd DPC season.
The most important thing about it is that the winner will receive the last available ticket for DreamLeague Leipzig Major and get a real chance to play Dota against the best of the best in an attempt to earn qualification points for The International 2020. It’s one thing to go to a Minor, which offers just 660 points in total, and it’s a completely different thing to go to a Major, which offers 15,000 points in total.
WePlay! Bukovel Minor is scheduled to take place between January 9th – 12th in Ukraine. This esports tournament offers a standard prize pool of $300,000 as well as numerous Dota 2 betting opportunities for all those who want to bet on esports.
WePlay! Bukovel Minor Participants
WePlay! Bukovel Minor features 8 teams. All of these competitors are probably in the top 30 in the global rankings right now, and around half of them are really strong teams.
- Gambit Esports
- Team Spirit
- Ninjas in Pyjamas
- Fighting PandaS
- Royal Never Give Up
- Geek Fam
- FURIA Esports
Among these teams, Gambit, NiP, Fighting PandaS, RNG and Nigma are all fully capable of winning the tournament. In fact, even Geek Fam should probably be on that list, given their roster: Raven, Kuku, and DuBu plus two others.
So in spite of being a Minor, this event is actually stacked with great teams, which means that Nigma will have a hard time winning. Or at least, they will get a run for their money.
One thing that makes this Minor super exciting and fairly unpredictable is the latest Dota 2 patch, The Outlanders, and its subpatches. The game has changed enormously as a result of this patch and everyone is still trying to figure out what the new winning strategies are.
There’s also a lot of RNG involved, and I don’t mean the Chinese team. I’m referring to the fact that neutral items drop at random and there’s a real possibility that one of the teams is much luckier than the other. It’s enough to get two solid tier 1 items on a key hero early on and then snowball from there, taking tower after tower. Or, if your strategy is to resist until the late game so that your Spectre or Terrorblade can win on their own at minute 40, such items can play a huge role in boosting your team’s capacity to defend.
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