Dota 2: Three things to take from the Summit 11 Minor

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Dota 2: Three things to take from the Summit 11 Minor

Breaking down the top three things we can learn from the first DPC Minor of the season.

After four days of action, the first DPC tournament of the 2019-2020 DPC came to an end. Some teams played very well but in the end, Invictus Gaming is the champion. The Chinese powerhouse ripped through their enemies like a knife through butter. In fact, they've only lost one single game in the entire tournament which is pretty impressive.

Here are three things that we need to “learn” from this Minor.


HellRaisers don't need ALOHADANCE


HellRaisers is one of the oldest CIS Dota 2 organizations out there. However, the last time they've had an active roster was two years ago. It seems like they didn't want to wait anymore, so they've “created” a new roster for this DPC season around Ilya “ALOHADANCE” Korobkin who is a real veteran in the CIS Dota 2 scene. Unfortunately, he played for the team only in the qualifiers for this minor.

Just a couple of days before the Minor was about the start, HellRaisers announced that ALOHADANCE is now transfer listed because he does not want to train with his team. This came as a shock, especially to HR's fans. Some of them went so far as to claim that the CIS team has no chances for success. However, they were wrong.

Within the span of just a day, HR introduced Semion “CemaTheSlayer” Krivulya to the team. Krivulya is also a veteran who used to play for Vega Squadron back in the days. This means that he got the needed experience and, judging by the result, he did an outstanding job.

HellRaisers finished third and won $54K USD as well as 110 DPC points.


Invictus Gaming found the formula for success



The Chinese Dota 2 scene is slowly but steadily rising up yet again after a big recession. During this “reincarnation”, one team clearly stands out from the crowd and that's Invictus Gaming.

The ex-TI two champions have been struggling with roster issues for the last five years. They've tried to play with a lot of players but it seems like they couldn't really find the winning formula and remained in the tier 2 scene for a while. However, after the most recent changes, it seems like they are finally back.

Invictus Gaming won the first DPC tournament of the year after defeating Chaos EC. This gave them $72K USD, 140 DPC points and a slot for MDL Chengdu. This is going to be the first Major of the year that starts in just a couple of days. Needless to say, it will be exciting to see if they can hold their ground against some of the best teams in the world right now.

Speaking of best teams, iG has to prove itself against PSG.LGD and Vici Gaming. After all, those are two behemoths in China in the last couple of years.


Quincy Crew (Chaos Esports Club) have broken their chains


Chaos Esports Club is currently one of the best teams in North America. They were formed in the post-TI 9 shuffles by Avery “SVG” Silverman. SVG approached one of the best players in NA right now, including Sumail “SuimaiL” Hassan. He and his brother Yawar “YawaR” Hassan played together during the qualifiers for this Minor. Unfortunately, it seems like SumaiL was not feeling comfortable with his position in the team, which is why he decided to leave and take an extensive break until 2020.

In the beginning, Quincy Crew wasn't really able to do anything. They even finished last at ESL One Hamburg 2019 just a few days prior to this Minor. However, it seems like the addition to Chaos Esports Club gave them the needed confidence and they are finally utilizing their roster the right way.

It will be very interesting to follow this team during the 2019-2020 DPC. The North American Dota 2 scene is in a deep recession so every single glimmer of hope is welcomed. Having said that, Chaos EC still has mountains to climb before they reach Evil Geniuses.

Dota 2: Three things to take from the Summit 11 Minor
Zlosterr has been a fan of esports for many years and mainly focuses on Dota 2. He has more than five years of experience writing Dota 2 content for numerous platforms. Besides being a passionate fan of the game, he's also played for various amateur teams.