Just few days after the amazing Bucharest Major, the GESC: Indonesia Dota 2 Minor will take place from 15-18 March. This will be Valve’s first event in the country, which makes it interesting in terms of how it will go. Dota 2 is becoming more and more popular in the SEA region and Indonesia is no exception.
The tournament will feature one of the best teams in the world right now, as well as an Indonesian representative – team Rex Regum Qeon. The prize pool is fixed at $300,000 as well as 300 Pro Circuit Points. There are not that any tournaments left until TI, which means that the teams who are not yet “safe” in terms of a direct invite for TI must try to obtain as much points as possible.
Format and Participating teams
Unlike most tournaments, the Indonesian minor will only feature one invited team. The other seven teams had to go through regional qualifiers in order to attend the event. The eight teams will be divided in two groups of four teams in each group. They will be playing in a double-elimination format. The opening and the runner-up matches will be played in a Bo1 format, while the group winner and looser games will be in a Bo3. The top team of each group will advance to the semifinal, while the second team will be playing in the quarterfinals. The interesting thing is that unlike other tournaments, even the teams who get the 3rd and 4th spot will have a chance to bounce back and compete for the prize. The last two teams of each group will advance to the Playoffs.
The teams go as follows:
• Direct Invite – Evil Geniuses
• SEA Qualifier – Fnatic
• Indonesia Qualifier – Rex Regum Quen
• China Qualifier – VGJ.Thuder
• EU Qualifier – The Final Tribe
• CIS Qualifier – Natus Vincere
• NA Qualifier – Digital Chaos
• SA Qualifier – Infamous
As I said, there will be two groups – in group A are Evil Geniuses, Infamous, Na’Viand Rex Regum Quen. Group B – Fnatic, Digital Chaos, VGJ.Thunder and The Final Tribe. Both groups seem fairly balanced, which means that we can expect some interesting outcomes. Having said that, EG and VGJ are clearly just a little bit better than the rest, so they might be a profitable pick if you decide to place your bet on them.
Our Betting Choices
After some rough time, the american dota is making a comeback in the face of EG. They had an amazing run at the Bucharest Major, but sadly felt to capitalize on their astonishing win versus Team Liquid in the second game of the playoffs. The NA team did a “flawless victory”, finishing 27-0 vs the EU powerhouse. This was their biggest defeat yet. However, they somehow managed to rise from the ashes and won 2-1. Despite that, EG did really well in the group stage and proved the world that they have what it takes to be number one again. What’s more, they have to take as much Pro Circuit Points as possible in order to have a chance to get a direct invite for TI 8. That’s why EG have extra motivation to win, thus betting on them is a fairly “safe” option.
The Chinese team delivered one of the “bombs” at the Bucharest Major. They won the group stages easily, as well as all other encounters until the Grand Final. In fact, they lost only one game to TnC before they went 0-3 against Virtus.Pro, which proved that they are a force to be reckoned with. Having said that, the current stage of the Chinese dota is fairly dull. The Chinese teams have no clear leader and their inconsistent results are something to keep in mind when you consider them as your betting choice.
After the addition of Saahil “UNiVeRsE” Arora to the team, Fnatic are surely way stronger than they used to be. They had a good run at the ESL One Katowice, but they missed the chance to play at the Bucharest Major and with that, the chance of getting more Pro Circuit Points. The competition for that precious TI 8 spot is fierce, which means that Fnatic have to bring their A game if they want to qualify. They surely have the resources, it is just up to them to start winning.
Despite not being a Major event in the pro circuit, the Indonesia Minor is still an event worth watching. There will surely be some notable games. Teams such as EG have to close the gap between them and the leading teams in the official leaderboard, which means that they have to do whatever it takes in order to win or at least finish in the top 3.
Which team do you think will win? Can the Chinese team deliver yet another upset for the westerns? Let us know in the comments below.