Another big tournament is about to end. The first season of the China Dota 2 Professional league started in October of 2019.
The first season of the Chinese Dota2 Pro League is heading into playoffs, let’s see what happened in the first season.
The China Dota 2 Professional League is a new circuit featuring eight of the top Chinese esports organizations competing against each other. Ten teams are competing for a 1,500,000 CNY (~$ 211,250) prize pool. Now, four months later, the eight weeks of this amazing tournament is finally over. The group stage of the China Professional League has just finished and we already know who has advanced to the playoffs. The playoffs opening game kicks off on February 27. China Dota 2 Pro League Season 1 started in October 2019 and it will last until the 1st of March 2020. The victor will take the crown as the best Chinese Dota team.
The China Pro League and the Development League (lower tier of Chinese Dota 2 League) are being organised by Imba TV. They have already hosted tier 2 tournaments in the past. With the ImbaTV H-Cup from 2016-2018, they gave players a chance to get discovered and develop themselves further by gaining experience playing competitively in a professional environment. Thanks to these cups, talents such as Ye ‘BoBoKa’ Zhibiao and Pan ‘Fade’ Yi entered the stage. They played the cup for several seasons, eventually taking the next big step to get signed by top tier teams.
Week 8 is over, and the 6 qualified teams are getting ready for the playoffs. Let’s take a look at what happened during that time and who is currently on the top of the leaderboard.
Vici has proven itself as the best Chinese Dota 2 team right now. Apart from dominating the international scene, they are also doing the same on their home ground. In fact, they haven’t lost a single game during the last two weeks, which is absolutely astonishing. After ripping through their enemies last week, Vici has only one challenge now - Team Aster. Although Song “Sccc” Chun and his team are playing very well, it was just not enough to bring down the ONE Esports World Pro Invitational Champs. Vici delivered their knock-out punch just in two games that lasted 40 minutes each. Following their success, they are now first in the Group Stage. In fact, they have the same exact score as PSG.LGD - 15 wins and 4 losses.
The second team that stood out during the eight weeks was Invictus Gaming. After going through a series of roster changes, this team is now finally back on its feet. Although many people don’t believe in them, their performance speaks for itself. Invictus Gaming only lost one series this week and it was versus Team Aster. However, even then, they played very well and nearly snatched the victory. Nevertheless, Sccc and his incredible Viper were able to secure the win for his team. After their performance, iG ended up in fourth place in the group stage.
We can safely say that Team Aster came a long way. After being just another Chinese team, Team Aster made a series of roster changes. As a result, they now have a very capable squad that is very ambitious. No wonder they managed to qualify for the Leipzig Major. Similar to iG, Aster played pretty well during the eighth week in this League. In fact, they only lost to Vici Gaming, which was expected because they are just too good right now. It will be very interesting to see what will happen to this team in the future.
China Dota2 Professional League Season 1 playoff bracket (source: Liquidpedia)
The China Dota2 Professional League Season 1 playoff bracket is set and in the Upper Bracket, Invictus Gaming will face off against Vici Gaming, while PSG.LGD will battle it out against Royal Never Give Up. Team Aster and iG will wait for their opponents in the Lower Bracket. The next stage of the China Dota2 Professional League Season 1 are the playoffs, which are set to be played from February 27th up until March 1st.
The six teams remaining in the China Pro League include PSG.LGD, Vici Gaming, Invictus Gaming, Royal Never Give Up, iG Vitality and Team Aster, who are all fighting for a prize pool of just over $200,000. I do believe Vici Gaming and Invictus Gaming are the biggest favourites to win Season 1 of this Dota 2 League. PSG.LGD just changed a player in their lineup, and I’m not sure how fast they can adjust. Lately, they are looking really mediocre compared to that scary team that they were in the 2018-2019 season. According to all bookmakers, Vici Gaming are the biggest favourites and they are my favourites too.