With the lack of LAN events, WePlay! are taking full advantage of the situation and have announced another online CIS + Europe tournament featuring 14 teams from the region, with an interesting format and a $250,000 prize pool.
WePlay! are already making a name for themselves as one of the best and most active Dota 2 tournament organizers. With LAN events like the Bukovel Minor and Tug of War: Mad Moon behind their back, they are now building up speed hosting online tournaments. Their most recent tournament was WeSave! Charity play where, as the title suggests, the focus was to donate money towards the COVID-19 vaccine creation fund. The event was a great success, as the total amount of money collected both from the tournament’s prize pool and the viewers’ donations was close to $200,000.
As a natural continuation of what they already started, WePlay! announced another online tournament, this time for the Europe and CIS regions only. Unlike the previous event, the prize pool of $250,000 will not go towards charity, however, what we have ahead of us is more than exciting. The Pushka League will feature 14 teams in total, 7 from each region, 12 of which were directly invited and two teams (one from Europe and one from CIS) that came from the open qualifiers that finished on Wednesday. The teams that we have are:
Even though the players from the other Dota 2 regions probably won’t agree, we believe that Europe is the best Dota 2 region in the world. As a result, every top tier team here can safely be considered a favorite. Of course, the first one that is on our list is OG. The two-time TI winners, who also finished second in the ESL One LA Online just a few days ago, are looking very deadly. Despite the fact they’ve recently changed their roster, the team is playing very well. As a result, it’s safe to say that they can be considered as one of the possible winners here. However, their job won’t be easy, especially if we take a look at the other teams from this region.
Apart from OG, the second team that will be a huge pain to deal with is Team Secret. In fact, many people consider them to be the best team in the world, especially before the COVID-19 situation. Unfortunately, Team Secret’s most recent results aren’t all that glamorous. Although they were among the favorites in ESL’s event, they shockingly lost to Vikin.gg and got eliminated from the event. Hopefully, they will be able to bounce back here and show their prowess.
Up next, we have Team Nigma. Even though they haven’t really shined all that much recently, the TI 7 champions are always a force to be reckoned with. They’ve proven many times that they can explode at any given minute.
The last team from Europe that is going to be extremely interesting to follow is Alliance. Following the recent roster changes, the Swedish organization looks to be better than ever. However, we’re yet to see if they have what it takes to prove themselves among the other top teams in Europe.
It will be interesting to see Chicken Fighters fighting under NiP banners. They’ve made good results in ESL One LA Online, maybe they can surprise us all again. They are surely one of the underdogs of the European group.
After several months of poor performance, the strongest CIS Dota 2 team is back on the winning track. Virtus.Pro has always been one of the best Dota 2 teams in the world during the last couple of years. However, after the roster changes in the post-TI9 period, they’ve struggled a lot. In the end, the team had to make a few more changes before they finally found the formula for success. The CIS team had little to no trouble in the ESL One LA Online after they ripped through the competition. The only real challenge for them was OG during the Grand Finals, where they won with a score of 3-2.
The second team from CIS that we believe has serious chances of succeeding is HellRaisers. Whether you like them or not, these players have stepped up their game a lot, especially in the last couple of months. After securing that third-place finish in the Minor, HR went on and played pretty well against some of the best teams in the world. Who knows, they might just have what it takes to win once more.
Finally, we have Natus Vincere, a team that has been in this game forever. While it’s true that their most recent performance hasn’t been all that good, Na’Vì has that spark of hope that can always turn them into beasts.
OG, Secret, Virtus.Pro, and Spirit may definitely be called favorites of the event. These very rosters showed the best results at ESL One Los Angeles 2020 - Online: Europe & CIS, and only one day has passed since it ended. OG and Virtus.Pro played in the grand final, so they are likely to make it far at this event as well. But Team Secret got placed on 5-6 position as they got defeated by Vikin.gg in the lower bracket. Puppey and the team have definitely worked on their mistakes and at WePlay! Pushka League Season 1, the gamers are going to play with more typical teams and the likelihood for opponents to surprise will be lower.