We had finally made it to the start of the Dota 2 Pro Circuit’s 2019/2020 season as the DOTA Summit 11 Minor kicked off from Los Angeles earlier today.
Group B had a fantastic combination of teams in the mix all of which were primed to take their place as the first Minor champions of the DPC season. Geek Fam, Ad Finem, Chaos Esports Club and HellRaisers were the four fighting it out in the group – but one of these teams would have their tournament lives ended on day one of the event.
Ad Finem had finally returned to the DPC with their original roster of Greeks after two years of not playing together but their opponents in their first series were the newly assembled Southeast Asians of Geek Fam, ready to make their mark on the DPC too. While it was a best-of-three series, it took only two games for the SEA squad to take the win – but their opponents did not make it easy. In both games, Ad Finem were the ones who took the early to mid-game lead but unfortunately could never push their advantage into a win. It was an amazing display from Geek Fam which included a fantastic Aegis steal from Carlo ‘Kuku’ Palad.
In the other game for Group B, Chaos would be fighting against the up-and-coming HellRaisers squad. It was only two days ago that Chaos picked up the Quincy Crew roster – the same roster which failed to impress at ESL One Hamburg 2019 due to Quinn ‘CCnC’ taking ill right before the event begun. But with CCnC back and ready to play, Chaos seemed to be on the path upwards as they took a promising 2-0 victory over HellRaisers. Even though it seemed as though the CIS squad were primed to take game one for a while, they could not hold on to give us the first full three game series of the group stages.
Tomorrow we will see the two victorious teams, Chaos and Geek Fam, fighting for the first confirmed spot in the playoff stage. However, later today, Ad Finem and HellRaisers will go head-to-head for the first time, with the losing team being eliminated from the DOTA Summit 11 Minor.
There has already been a lot of magnificent Dota 2 action coming out of the Minor but the day is not over with the Group A elimination series currently taking place and Group B’s elimination match set for directly after.