Tomorrow begins the next event in the Dota 2 Pro Circuit as the OGA Dota Pit Minor kicks off with eight teams from around the world competing for that prized spot at the next Major. There is a vast amount of talent at the event, but who will take the spoils?
Below I will go over a few teams that I feel have a chance to take the event by storm and my personal wildcards.
These views are my own opinions – and I’m known to be very wrong (where did Na’Vi and Mineski come from in ESL One Mumbai?).
A North American Challenger???
The OGA Dota Pit Minor has a chance to be one of the most exciting Minor events of this DPC season and the reason for that is the teams involved – a lot of which have made an amazing impact in recent events. For the first time, on my radar at least, is a North American squad that have been racking up the wins lately (it’s not OpenAI, guys :P) – Forward Gaming.
After a massive roster reshuffle after the DreamLeague Season 11 Major, FWD came back with a vengeance to secure their spot at the Minor. But that was not all that they did either as they also ensured themselves a spot in the UK for ESL One Birmingham 2019. The recent additions of Quinn ‘CCnC’ Callahan seems to have bolstered the team with the two well-known trial players also having a huge effect.
But you must be asking yourself how I could ever choose a NA team for my top choice to win the Minor?
I think my main explanation is merely how they have played recently alongside the fact that should FWD actually win the Minor, there are FOUR NA TEAMS at MDL Disneyland Paris. And with not that much opposition at the Minor, I feel that they have a great shot – even though I’d much prefer to see Roman ‘Resolut1on’ Fominok play with the team.
CIS Dota beyond Virtus.pro does exist
Gambit Esports are a fantastic squad of CIS talent who have been just shy of big victories on three occasions already this season. The team have finished in second place at The Bucharest Minor, ESL One Katowice 2019 and the StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor and they are wonderful to watch. The CIS Dota 2 scene has definitely been a bit lackluster lately (apart from VP of course) but Gambit have been showing that they could be the squad to change things.
The team have not ever faced “easy” opposition in the finals of two minors, with Team Secret being their downfall in Katowice. But I have a firm belief that if any CIS squad can do it, it is Gambit.
Wildcards? More like TI Winners Incorporated.
EHOME had a fairly decent start to the DPC season before tragedy struck, taking Zhang ‘Faith_bian’ Ruida out of contention for a period. Since then, the Chinese squad have struggled, but all this changed when a Dota 2 legend has joined the team. Luo ‘Ferrari_430’ Feichi joined EHOME in late March as they hoped to replace one TI winner with another – which could possibly pay off.
This squad may now hold three TI winners, as Zhang ‘xiao8’ Ning has also offered his services as a stand-in, but they may not be at their best either. Even though they managed to qualify for the Minor, they fell short a few days later when It came to ESL One Birmingham qualifications – but a Minor is always a different scenario.
Wait, what about PPD?
Peter ‘ppd’ Dager might actually be one of my favourite Dota 2 personalities but unfortunately for him, his squad of Ninjas in Pyjamas have been far-from-amazing in the DPC season so far. After an amazing fourth place finish at the season’s first Major followed by the same placement at the Bucharest Minor, the team have struggled to really find much success.
On paper, this team is actually filled to the brim with some amazing talent – and after beating OG and Evil Geniuses at different stages of the season (also losing to both at different stages of the season), they may just come in with a strong showing. And with the group they have, maybe ppd will be the captain we know him to be – guiding his team into the Paris Major.
Tomorrow we will see the group stages of the OGA Dota Pit Minor kick off with all eight teams playing their first series in their respective groups. The tournament runs until April 28th and on that day the winner will be crowned – receiving their share of a $300,000 prize pool but more importantly, claiming the final spot at the MDL Disneyland Paris Major.
We will keep you up to date on all the results, upsets and plays of the OGA Dota Pit Minor, so keep yourself tuned into the website.