We’re now halfway through the Dota 2 Pro Circuit on the way to The International 8, with the upcoming Dota 2 Asian Championships as the 16th stop on the road to TI. With $1,000,000 and 1,500 DPC points on the line, our team is certainly looking to make the most out of the tournament.

 

We’re now halfway through the Dota 2 Pro Circuit on the way to The International 8, with the upcoming Dota 2 Asian Championships as the 16th stop on the road to TI. With $1,000,000 and 1,500 DPC points on the line, our team is certainly looking to make the most out of the tournament.

Let’s take a look at the tournament’s format:

Sixteen teams (six direct invites and ten qualifier teams) will be duking it out in a best-of-one round-robin group stage consisting of two groups of eight teams each, with the top two teams immediately making it to the playoffs, while the bottom two teams will be eliminated.

The teams placing 3rd to 6th in their group will then be facing each other in a best-of-three single-elimination round, where the 4 winners will advance and the rest will be eliminated from the competition.

The playoffs will then play out in a typical best-of-three double-elimination bracket, however, the first two rounds of the lower bracket will be best-of-ones, while the grand finals a best-of-five.

Meanwhile, here are the possible opponents we might be facing:

Invictus Gaming is one of the directly invited teams to DAC, though they have yet to attain Pro Circuit Points this season or perform exceptionally outside regional tournaments, a team with veterans like Sun “Agressif” Zheng, Fu “Q” Bin, and rising stars like Ye “BoBoKa” Zhibiao shouldn’t be underestimated.

Newbee is the second direct invite to DAC, and is the highest-ranking Chinese team on the current Dota 2 Pro Circuit Ranking, currently standing in 4th place. Their current roster has stuck together since the post-TI6 shuffle, and is the same team that took 2nd place at The International 7 last year. Recently, they took home 4th place at the DreamLeague Season 9 Major, and finished in the semi-finals of The Bucharest Major.

Team Liquid as the defending champions of The International, this team hasn’t slowed down despite their earlier successes. They’re also still fielding the same team that raised the Aegis of Champions at TI7 last year. Team Liquid stands second on the Dota 2 Pro Circuit ladder and has taken home three Minor titles already while also placing well in others. They’ll certainly be a contender here at DAC.

Vici Gaming currently standing 5th on the DPC leaderboards is the Chinese team of Vici Gaming, who, despite not having won a title yet, have placed quite well at various DPC events – even coming second in four of them. Comprised of some of China’s oldest names in Zhang “LaNm” Zhicheng and Ren “eLeVeN” Yangwei, Vici Gaming is certainly going to be a team to watch out for at the tournament.

Virtus.Pro is currently sitting comfortably at the top of the DPC rankings, and have already secured their slot to The International 8 through taking home three Majors and a Minor, and their recent roster swap for Vladimir “RodjER” Nikogosyan seems to have only enhanced their team even more. We’re sure they’ll be a tough opponent at the tournament, but we’re certainly eager to prove ourselves against the current best of the best here at DAC.

Mineski is the current leader on the DPC ladder for the South East Asian region, currently standing at 9th place. So far, they’ve taken one Minor and placed decently at others, and have been a tough opponent in regional qualifiers – we’re hoping to stand tall alongside them and represent the region at DAC, but we won’t go down without a fight against them, either.

Three other teams are coming in from the Chinese qualifier – Keen Gaming, LGD Gaming, and VGJ.Thunder – who are set to represent their country on home soil here at DAC. All three teams have been showing up at regional tournaments for a while, with VGJ.Thunder making the biggest splash, and currently stands 6th on the DPC ladder.

From Europe and the CIS comes OG and Effect, with OG recently having let go of their carry Roman “Resolut1on” Fominok, who, ironically enough, will be playing for Effect here at DAC. They’ll need time to gel with their new rosters, but even so, we’ve got to be prepared for anything that comes our way.

Last but not least are our opponents from the Americas: Evil Geniuses, OpTic Gaming and PaiN Gaming. Out of the three, EG stands highest on the DPC rankings, currently placing at 7th and sure to be a tough contender here at DAC. Optic and PaiN have also been showing up to previous DPC events, and will probably pose a challenge here as well.

It’s the next stop on our long road to The International 8, and we’d like to thank all of you for continuously cheering us on!