Group stages at the DOTA Summit 11 Minor came to an end today after two days of fantastic action – unfortunately for two teams, they would not make it to the playoff stages, joining paiN Gaming and Ad Finem on the outskirts of the event.
Ninjas in Pyjamas have recently rebuilt with The International winning Peter ‘ppd’ Dager and Saahil ‘Universe’ Arora joining forces in hopes of making an impact on the Dota 2 Pro Circuit’s new season. The non-DPC season begun in a rather average way for NiP with an admirable 3rd place at DreamLeague Season 12 and a disastrous 7th/8th place finish at ESL One Hamburg. While the team only just missed out on reaching the Chengdu Major, the Minor seemed like it would be their chance to get things rolling. But after a poor start to the Minor, losing the opening series to jfshfh178 before managing to send paiN Gaming packing late last night. NiP would have one more shot to keep themselves in the tournament in the decider series where they would need to get past jfshfh178 in order to get into the playoffs.
The almost unknown CIS squad with barely any DPC experience would have none of it though as they pummeled their opponent into the ground and out of the event in two games again. This early exit from the Minor is extremely surprising as NiP were expected to be one of the best squads coming into this season, especially with the first Minor/Major rotation missing many of the bigger squads.
For Group B, we would see another CIS squad, HellRaisers, battling against the Southeast Asian powerhouse that is Geek Fam, with both teams fighting to survive in the Minor. Neither Geek Fam nor HR had much mainstream Dota 2 action prior to this event, as they would be hoping to use this as a springboard into the upper echelons of the Major. While HR did not look amazing in their opening game, they gave us the first and only Group B full three-game series and when it came toGeek Fam, they seemed well-prepared.
The first game of the series was a walk in the park for the CIS squad as they took a quick lead in the series and looked to end the SEA team’s run. Game two, however, was not nearly as easy as the first but it was a meticulous display of Dota 2 from HR as they played their way to a 2-0 victory. For Geek Fam, unfortunately, their Minor run comes to an end and they will have to look toward the next Minor or Major for their chance to make their mark on the DPC.
The playoffs are now set with only four teams left in the DOTA Summit 11 Minor and will begin tomorrow with upper bracket series between; Chaos Esports Club versus jfshfh178 and Invictus Gaming versus HellRaisers. With only two more days of action from the Minor, we are very close to having the final team secured for the quickly approaching MDL Chengdu Major.