Tomorrow the Dota 2 Pro Circuit 2019/2020 season will kick off with the first Minor getting underway from Los Angeles – the DOTA Summit 11, with eight teams fighting for a chance to make it to the Major. With that on the horizon, we have put together a preview to highlight the teams, especially since there are many newcomers and roster changes following The International 2019.
With the groups now announced for the event it is easier to look at the teams facing off in each, with Group B who will continue the DOTA Summit action on Thursday.
- Alik ‘V-Tune’ Vorobey
- Alexander ‘Nix’ Levin
- Dmitry ‘DM’ Dorokhin
- Semion ‘CemaTheSlayer’ Krivulya
- Yaroslav ‘Miphoshka’ Naidenov
HellRaisers have been out of the Dota 2 scene as an organisatin since late in 2017 when their previous roster was dropped, one that featured many well-known players in the game. However, in September of this year the new team emerged with Miphoshka at the helm and Ilya ‘ALOHADANCE’ Korobkin aboard too. The team quickly became a talking point when they dominated the group stages of the Chengdu Major qualifiers but were unable to push through the playoffs – but the Minor qualifiers proved little trouble for the CIS roster.
Yesterday, however, it came to light that ALOHADANCE had been benched and listed for transfer – with only a few days until the Minor kicks off, this was quite surprising. Luckily for HR, they had someone ready to take his place as CemaTheSlayer is being flown out to Los Angeles to join the squad ahead of the Minor. A new player is always something that could throw a team off balance at any event so it remains to be seen if HR can perform as well as they did in the early qualifiers and make a stand at the Minor.
- Omar ‘Madara’ Dabachach
- Dimitris ‘ThuG’ Plivoouris
- Kharis ‘SkyLark’ Zafirou
- Verros ‘Maybe Next Time’ Apostolos
- Giorgos ‘SsaSpartan’ Giannakopoulos
Everyone that has been a part of the Dota 2 scene for some time knows exactly who Ad Finem are; the Greek squad who quickly rose to fame in 2016 when they appeared out of nowhere to take down many of the biggest teams in the world at the Boston Major. The team would place second to an OG squad that, at the time, were heralded as Major conquerors but this was still an amazing feat. Unfortunately, following that brilliance, AF faded into obscurity – mostly going their separate ways late in 2017, with Madara being the only one really seen in recent times when he played for Alliance.
But now, the Greeks are back, ready to take on the Minor.
While the Major qualifiers did not go as planned, the team managed to draw each and every series they played which included going up against Alliance, Godsent and Ninjas in Pyjamas. Even though draws were not enough to reach Chengdu, they battled hard through the Minor qualifiers and are finally back at a LAN event as a team. There’s no doubt that AF bring a massive nostalgia factor to the event and if anyone can cause some big upsets, it’s the Greeks of Ad Finem.
- Marc Polo ‘Raven’ Luis Fausto
- Eric ‘Ryoya’ Dong
- Carlo ‘Kuku’ Palad
- Kenny ‘Xepher’ Deo
- Kim ‘DuBu’ Doo-young
Southeast Asian Dota 2 has been some of the best for some time and with Geek Fam’s latest roster, it is only getting better. The reuniting of Raven and Kuku has already seen the squad qualify for the Minor and the recent ESL One Hamburg 2019 – but unfortunately, they would withdraw from the latter – which means that the DOTA Summit 11 will be the first real opportunity to see them in action against bigger opponents.
When it comes down to it, Geek Fam may not have had the best time in the Chengdu Major qualifiers, but they did not lose a full series either. That said, the qualifiers have been one of their first events as a team together and with the time that they have had since, they remain one of the favourites to claim the first Minor of the DPC season and move on into the Major, which would make it a huge four SEA squads in the first Major of the season.
- Yawar ‘YawaR’ Hassan
- Quinn ‘CCnC’ Callahan
- Jonáš ‘SabeRLight-‘ Voltek
- Arif ‘MSS’ Anwar
- Avery ‘SVG’ Silverman
Flying the North American Dota 2 flag high, the reforming of Quincy Crew has been something interesting in recent months. After Sumail joined his brother, Yawar, on the squad to qualify for the Minor, he decided to depart from the team shortly after – but oddly still joined the squad in Hamburg and ended up playing too due to CCnC taking ill. This seemed to cause a lot of problems for the team, having obviously not practiced with Sumail and they were subsequently unable to make it out of the group stages.
Even with the problems at ESL One, the team did have some promising games – such as their victory over Team Liquid and a thrilling series against Gambit Esports too. Even without Sumail on the squad, QC are a team filled with some amazing players who are hungry to kick off the DPC season in the best way possible. With well-known CIS player Ilya ‘Illidan’ Pivccaev joining as a coach in recent weeks, QC is definitely looking to use a homeground-advantage to make their mark on the Minor.
There are just two days left until the Group Stages of the DOTA Summit 11 Minor kick off and with the groups now set we are set for an epic Minor to open the DPC season.