Here is what we need to know about the upcoming Minor. We are just days away from the start of the third Minor for this DPC.
On Thursday, March 5th, the next event in the Dota 2 Pro Circuit season will begin as the StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor Season 3 kicks off.
The Group Stage and which teams are in which group has now been decided. The third Minor in the DPC season is set to be held in Kiev, Ukraine and beginning in just over a week. The eight teams involved will begin their journey as they battle for the one remaining spot at the ESL One Los Angeles Major. The group stage of the event will see the teams split into two groups of four each as they fight in a GSL format bracket. The top two teams from each group advance into the playoffs while the bottom two will be eliminated from the Minor. Similar to all the previous ones, the StarLadder ImbaTV Minor will feature eight of the best teams in the world. They will go head to head for a prize pool of $300.000, as well as coveted DPC points. However, the reward that everyone is looking forward to is the slot for the Los Angeles Major.
The StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor Season 3 will follow a GSL (round-robin) format, with the eight teams split into two groups. The teams in each group will be facing off in a series of best-of-three matches to determine the seeding for the Playoffs. The top two teams of each group will advance to the Playoffs in the Upper Bracket, while the bottom two will have to start from the Lower Bracket. The Playoffs will continue with a double-elimination bracket with all matches being played with a best-of-three format. The only exception being the Grand Finals, which will be a best-of-five series. The StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor Season 3’s Closed Qualifiers included any teams that finished between third-sixth place in the North American, South American, and CIS qualifiers for the LA Major, and any teams that finished between fourth-seventh place of the European, Southeast Asian, and Chinese qualifiers for the LA Major.
At first glance, it seems like Team Aster is the one who will have the easiest time here. The Chinese squad has had a fairly decent season so far, even though they still don’t have many DPC points. The second team that stands out here is Boom Esports. The Indonesian squad used to be one of the most prominent tier-two teams during the last DPC. They managed to deal some serious damage among tier-one teams but their fame only lasted so long. After a couple of unsuccessful events, Boom Esports slowly faded away. Business associates are a very interesting team because on paper, they definitely have what it takes to win. However, we are yet to see if they are prepared for what is to come.
By the looks of it, the second group of this Minor is definitely the more interesting out of the two. Alliance, CR4ZY (ex Fighting PandaS), Gambit Esports, and NoPing e-sports will have to fight to determine which two of them are worthy of going forward. Calling a clear winner in this group is very hard, especially when there are so many good teams. Perhaps the biggest favorite has to be Alliance, judging by their performance in this DPC so far. Even though they’ve played pretty well, the EU powerhouse was still unable to get that slot for the LA Major. However, they have another chance to go there if they win here.
The other interesting team in this group is CR4ZY. As you may know, EternalEnvy’s ex-team was involved in a big controversy lately after two of its founding members decided to leave. Although people expected CR4ZY to drop out of this Minor, they managed to find substitutes in the face of Maurice “KheZu” Gutmann and Oliver “Skiter” Lepko. However, we haven’t seen them in action with their new roster yet, so it will be very interesting to see what will happen. Lastly, the other team which we believe has a chance of going to the playoffs is Gambit Esports. The CIS team had its own problems last week after Danil “gpk” Skutin decided not to play with his team in the boot camp. As a result, Gambit kicked him from their roster and played with a stand-in for the qualifiers. However, it seems like everything is ok again because gpk is back with his team.
There is no doubt that Alliance will be the favorites to win the Minor. They’ve finished in seventh-eight place in the MDL Chengdu Major and secured a fourth-place exit at the ONE Esports Dota 2 Singapore Pro Invitational and the DreamLeague Season 13: Leipzig Major. Alliance is the most accomplished squad entering the Minor and they will be the team to beat. Gambit Esports and Team Aster are the other two teams we see doing well in the Minor as well. Both teams have Major tournament experience in the DPC season and they’re coming from highly competitive regions. Picklebet outright odds say this: Alliance 2.26, Aster 4.67 and Gambit 7.03 for the win. Top 3 favourites for sure.