OGA Dota PIT Season 3 has barely wrapped in Europe and CIS, and already One Good Agency has announced, "but wait, there's more!"
OGA Dota PIT Season 3: China is scheduled to take place between September 29th - October 11th. The event follows the one that was recently held in Europe. Team Secret was the winner there and I’m eager to see who will win in the Chinese region. Because based on that result, we will know if there’s anyone that can contest Puppey and his crew at the upcoming TI or other international competitions. Of course, we don’t really know when those tournaments will start to happen again, but at least we can evaluate who the best teams in the world are at the moment. Given that North America, South America, Southeast Asia, and CIS are not doing too well, the big competitors can only come from Europe and China.
OGA Dota PIT Season 3: China features 8 teams and has a prize pool of $90,000. The Group Stage takes place between September 29th - October 5th. The Playoffs Stage takes place between October 6th - October 11th.
These are the teams that you can watch at this tournament:
As you can see, all of the big teams in China are here.
The competitive format of OGA Dota PIT Season 3: China is the usual one: Group Stage followed by Playoffs Stage. For the Group Stage, the 8 teams will be divided into 2 groups of 4. The bottom team is eliminated. The top team advances to the second round of the Upper Bracket. The 2nd and 3rd place teams advance to the first round of the Upper Bracket.
The $90,000 will be divided among the 8 participants in the following way:
This is probably one of the weirdest prize pool distributions I’ve ever seen. But it’s actually quite common in China to do things this way. In Europe and North America, people prefer rounded numbers.
These are the two groups of OGA Dota PIT Season 3: China.
In Group A, PSG.LGD and Vici Gaming are the big favorites. RNG should finish in 3rd place. I don’t see how SAG can avoid elimination in this group. Its opponents are much stronger on every front.
In Group B, EHOME is the big favorite, followed by Invictus Gaming and Team Aster. MagMa has absolutely zero chances of surviving the Group Stage, unless something goes terribly wrong for one of the other 3 competitors. In particular, I can’t wait to see EHOME compete with its new roster. It’s been a while since we’ve seen this club having such a strong group of players. With Sccc in the carry role (or possibly midlane) and xNova as captain, I’m confident that EHOME will do well here.