The OGA Dota 2 Pit Minor will be the third Minor event of 2019. It is also the seventh tournament organized by One Game Agency. Eight of the best teams in the world will be fighting for a $300,000 USD prize pool as well as DPC points needed to qualify for TI 9. There aren’t many DPC events left, which makes this event even more important. What’s more, the winner here will also get a ticket for the MDL Disneyland Paris Major, which starts in just a few days after the end of this Minor.
The main event will be hosted at the Spaladium Arena in Split, Croatia.
Format & Talents
Similar to every other Minor, there will be two groups consisting of four teams each. Everyone will have to play against every other team in their group in a Bo3 format.
The Playoffs will have a classic Double-elimination with an Upper and a Lower Bracket. The LB Rounds 1-3 are Bo1, while the rest are Bo3. Of course, the Grand Final will be played in a Bo5 format.
It seems like all teams will advance to the Upper Bracket straight away. This is definitely good because the deadly Bo1 in the Lower Bracket is not something that you would want.
See you on Monday, April 22!
— OGA Dota PIT (@OGADotaPIT) April 16, 2019
The Talent list has finally been revealed, and as expected, some of the most entertaining people in Dota are in it. Here is the full English Talent List:
– Andrew “Zyori” Campbell
– Trent “TrentPax” MacKenzie
– Michelle “Moxxi” Song
– Grant “GranDGranT” Harris
– Dominik “Lacoste” Stipić
We will be able to watch four games on the opening day of the event. The first ones are in Group A – NiP vs. RNG and Gambit vs. Boom. In Group B, Alliance will meet EHOME and Forward Gaming will go toe-to-toe with Majestic.
Ninjas in Pyjamas is probably the team that stands out the most here. PPD and his teammates are having an OK season so far, even though they’ve failed to qualify for some of the DPC events. They currently have 1570 DPC points, which places them on the 7th spot in the DPC ranking. If they manage to get some points here and at the MDL Disneyland Paris Major, they will definitely secure themselves that spot for TI 9.
The second very interesting team here is Gambit Esports. The CIS Powerhouse is one of the best teams when it comes to Minors. In fact, they have finished second both in the Bucharest Minor and StarLadder’s ImbaTV Minor. Despite that, Gambit Esports knows what it takes to be a champion. That’s why they are one of the main favorites here.
Monet and his team (RNG) will be one of the two Chinese teams in Croatia. Even though RNG is not on the same level compared to the other top Chinese teams right now, they are definitely on the right track.
The last team in Group A is BOOM ID. They are undoubtedly the best team in Indonesia as their recent results have further prove shown us. Boom ID easily won the ESL Indonesia Championship a few weeks ago. The big question is if they have what it takes to bring their skills to the next level.
One of the “hottest” teams here right now is Forward Gaming. The main reason for that is Sumail’s brother – YawaR. He has been absolutely outstanding ever since he switched to position one. The NA team is definitely on the right track, and if they continue like this, we might be seeing them more often. Sadly, they have very little chance of getting that direct TI invite unless they win this Minor and then the Major.
The second Chinese team at OGA Dota Pit Minor is EHOME. They were in excellent form earlier this year. However, their current situation is not at it’s best. The Bucharest Minor Champions have recently added the TI winning mid-laner – Ferrari_430. This will be his first big event that should show whether or not he still has what it takes to compete on the big stage after all those years.
Alliance is a team that is capable of winning and losing against every team in the world. With their most recent addition to the squad (Madara), Alliance is looking scary. Hopefully, they will be able to show their full potential and start winning big tournaments again.
The last team in Group B is Majestic esports. They were the victors in the South American Qualifiers. Previously, this teams’ name was Pacific esports. We do not know that much about this team yet, which makes them a little bit more interesting to watch. Who knows, we might see the first SA champion of a DPC event.
There are only three days left until Dota Pit kicks off. Judging by the quality of the teams, we are in for some exciting Dota 2 games.
Until then, you can watch the ongoing ESL One Mumbai. So far it seems like Mineski and Na’Vi are the main contenders to lift the trophy. However, there are still many games to go until we know the winner. Expect more information about that soon.
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