The CIS qualifiers put on a Dota 2 masterclass in their second Dota Pro Circuit tournament win of the year. This followed their success at ESL One Hamburg back in October.
That win means Virtus.pro join Team Liquid as the only two-time winners on the DPC tour. It’s worth noting, though, Virtus.pro’s first win came in a Major event, whereas Liquid’s two wins came in Minors.
With a nine-team filed, the top three seeds earned places directly into the semifinals. The runners-up and the best third-place team competed in a Wild Card round.
In Group A, Virtus.pro were imperious. They won against OG and Sacred 3-0 to emerge with a perfect 6-0 record. OG also defeated Sacred 3-0 to earn second spot in the group. Sacred bowed out with an 0-6 record.
Group B was a much closer fought. Team Kinguin emerged the winners with a 4-2 record. Evil Geniuses earned a place in the Wild Card with a 3-3 record. They were joined by compLexity Gaming, who finished with a 2-4 record, the best of all third-place teams.
Group C proved more straightforward. Fnatic came through with a 5-1 record, and runners-up OpTic Gaming finished 4-2. LGD Gaming went out with a 0-6 record.
Wild Card and playoffs
In the Wild Card, OpTic took on compLexity in a game the former was expected to win. But compLexity put on a fine display to win the best-of-three contest 3-1 and move into the Wildcard Final.
There, they faced OG, who defeated Evil Geniuses 2-0 to get there. That match proved to be a close one; OG came through narrowly 2-1 to claim a spot in the semis.
The first playoff semi saw Virtus.pro once again dominant with a very convincing 2-0 win over Team Kinguin to move ominously into the final. There, they faced Fnatic, who came from 1-0 down against OG to win the next two maps and earn that second final spot.
Virtus.pro started the final as the clear favorites, and the bookmakers were bang on the money. They took the opening map before Fnatic bounced back to win the second. Then, Virtus.pro moved through the gears to claim the next two maps and a 3-1 victory in the best-of-five contest.
Updated Dota Pro Circuit rankings
|10||TNC Pro Team||270|
|13=||LGD Forever Young||135|
The top eight teams in this DPC qualification competition will earn a place at The International 2018.
The three teams at the top of the table now have a stranglehold on these three positions. Unless the seriously trailing teams can put together several Minor wins or one of the Majors, it’ll be hard to crack the top three. With 16 events still to go, resuming with the Captain’s Draft 4.0 on Jan. 4, there is still a chance for the field.
DPC events forthcoming
Find an outline of the remaining tournaments in this series below, along with DPC points available for each.
|Captain’s Draft 4.0||Jan. 4-7||300||Minor|
|Galaxy Battles II – Emerging Worlds||Jan. 15-21||1,500||Major|
|ESL One Genting 2018||Jan. 23-28||400||Minor|
|SL i-League Invitational Season 4||Feb. 1-4||300||Minor|
|ESL One Katowice 2018||Feb. 20-25||1,500||Major|
|PGL||March 8- 11||1,500||Major|
|GESC E-Series Jakarta||March 16-18||300||Minor|
|To Be Announced||March 20-25||300||Minor|
|Dota 2 Asia Championships 2018||March 30 to April 7||1,500||Major|
|StarLadder||April 11- 15||300||Minor|
|Perfect World||April 17-24||300||Minor|
|EPICENTER||April 27 to May 7||1,500||Major|
|GESC E-Series Bangkok||May 11-13||300||Minor|
|Mars Media||May 14-20||1,500||Major|
All this said, the DPC slate is not set in stone. It’s possible a number of other events, notably Minor tournaments, could be announced for 2018.