The EU and CIS scenes will continue to clash as another canceled DPC event has been shifted online.
One Game Agency’s (OGA) AMD SAPPHIRE DOTA PIT Online has added a new league that will showcase ten of the best teams from the EU and CIS regions. The competition, which is scheduled for May 13-23, has a $150,000 prize pool up for grabs. The participating teams include OG, Team Secret, Alliance, Team Liquid, Ninjas in Pyjamas, and Vikin.gg from the EU region; and Virtus.pro, Natus Vincere, HellRaisers, and Team Spirit from CIS. The tournament will begin with a Group Stage that runs May 13-20 before staging the Main Event on May 21-23. The Group Stage will see the participating teams split into two groups of five playing each other in a single round-robin schedule. Each match will be a full best-of-three series.
The Main Event will follow a double-elimination format. All matches will be best of three series except for the Grand Finals, which will be a best of five series. The tournament champs will walk away with a grand prize of $62,000, with the runner-up taking home $32,000.
The DOTA PIT Minor 2020 was supposed to be the fourth Minor of the 2019-2020 Dota Pro Circuit (DPC). It was originally scheduled for April 23-26 at the Spaladium Arena in Split, Croatia. However, the tournament was canceled in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic alongside its accompanying Major event, the EPICENTER Major 2020. DOTA PIT Online started with a notably smaller, all-Chinese league earlier this month, which featured nine teams competing for a US$60,000 prize pool. The Chinese league will crown its champions on May 11, a couple of days before its EU-CIS counterpart begins. With the last Major of this season, the ONE Esports Singapore Major, also canceled and The International 2020 delayed to next year, the DPC has ground to a screeching halt, causing the competitive Dota scene to shift fully to online events.
I would definitely put Team Secret as the biggest favourite of this online tournament. They’ve looked decent in ESL One LA Online and they are looking amazing in WePlay Pushka league which is currently being played. With their amazing drafts and sick team play their surely favourites to take that 1st place. Another team that is one of the favourites is surely Virtus.Pro. Even though they are playing with iLTW as position 1 stand-in, they are crushing all their opponents. There is a big room for improvement for Virtus.Pro, but even now they are looking amazing and I would say that they are in the top 2 EU / CIS teams right now. Let’s not forget about OG, who is always a big threat for their opponents. Their tournament performance will depend on their roster for this tournament. Whether Topson and MidOne return for this Dota Pit tournament is yet to be seen. If they use their full lineup, they are a big threat to Secret and Virtus.Pro. They have that mentality that they can beat anybody without a doubt.