EG, Na'Vi, OG; Questionable invites announced for China Super Major

Dota 2 Cristy “Pandoradota2” Ramadani

Photo courtesy of Perfect World

China Super Major has announced the ten direct invites to the biggest and last Dota Pro Circuit event of the season. Among the expected names such as Virtus.pro and Team Liquid, EG, Na'Vi and OG have been named — causing controversy and outrage. 

PGL and Perfect World have released the ten direct invites for the China Super Major all at once. On the top of the list are the usual suspects that top the DPC rankings. Also included were Na'Vi, Evil Geniuses and OG while LGD Gaming, who sits at rank 8, was omitted. 

Community members, personalities and players themselves have been up in arms about the invites. Many of the complaints revolve around the teams that aren't in the Top 8 getting invites,  but mostly teams such as OG who are not even eligible to claim a direct or regional invite are receiving a chance to score points over teams that the event will represent their last opportunity to move into the top 8 range. To add salt to the wound, OG doesn't even have a fully official roster, continuing to play with the coach, Sébastien "7ckngMad" Debs since kicking Roman "Resolut1on" Fominok one month ago. 

The invites have been 'justified' as being completed or determined just before DAC 2018 and that organizers had already issued the offer to the teams. 

It is difficult to maintain total integrity in the process with a fluid point system and teams changing rankings from event to event. Invites have to be issued in enough time for visa and travel preparations and for organizers to make other decisions or offer based on which teams accept or decline. However, it does beg the question if there is something else that can be done to protect teams and preserve credibility. 

The last stop before TI8 on the 2017-2018 Pro Circuit season will be held in Shanghai, China in early June worth $1,500,000 and 2,250 DPC points. A total of 16 teams will compete at the event, ten invited directly and six qualified teams —one from each of the designated regions. A win for a team here can make their TI8 dreams come true. 


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Cristy “Pandoradota2” Ramadani
Pandora is a behind the scenes Dota 2 professional Jack of All Trades. When not busy with Dota 2 work, she is out trying to save the world or baking cupcakes. Follow her on Twitter @pandoradota2


  • Hien "elijahtwisted" Doan ,
    Organizer should be able to invite whoever they want, given that its their own tourney. Hello? If i can through away several hundred grands to hold my tourney, i would invite Navi and 7 unknown amateur teams so that Mr. D can win some dough...
  • Hien "elijahtwisted" Doan ,
    Also ppd is just being salty as his minor win cannot impress any China. Too bad, that what u got for having GGnG as midlaner
  • Arvind "arvindl" L ,
    Even EG won the GESC Indonesia and haven't been doing that bad comparatively. But OG and Navi are simply atrocious. Navi is just mooching off Lil for those DPC points and they haven't done Jack in the recent times. The had a brief resurgence but now they aren't even a Tier 1 team (likewise for OG and they don't even have a Mid -_-)
  • river "riverbird" bird ,
    I agree with the sentiment that there should be less invites and more qualifier slots. Also when you look at the DPC and the depth of regions it is crazy that EU/CIS is going to have 7 slots while SEA only gets 2. SEA teams like Fnatic should move to EU for easy TI qualification as currently teams like Kinguin are getting to events basically by default.
    • "DELETED-USER-1538164947" ,
      More qualifiers means more packed qualifier schedule which teams were complaining about before.
    • Dota "DotaTwo" Two ,
      Fnatic Dota2 is not qualified to be in EU. Pieliedie is the only player from Europe and currently not playing (EE from Canada, Universe from US, DJ and Abed from Philippines, Adam/343 (Fnatic Coach and sub for pieliedie) from Malaysia and their Manager Eric Khor is from Malaysia).
    • Khai "shiok" War ,
      problem is fnatic dota2 gave up on EU. plus their dota2 HQ is in malaysia if I'm not wrong. EE, universe, pld gave up in their own region thinking they could be SEA top 1. guess not. EE even complained abt SEA team only getting 1 qualifer before mineski won their major. in my opinion SEA was sht before that's why 1 qualifiers only. they proved the community wrong in DAC. kudos to mineski and tnc
      • Tian Yi "v3luotianyi" Luo ,
        "in my opinion SEA was sht before that's why 1 qualifiers only. they proved the community wrong in DAC. kudos to mineski and tnc" - SEA wont get additional slot just by getting 4th place finish (though it is already impressive for non tier 1 team. also, get this in mind that all wins of TNC is BO1 and they lose all of their BO3). its a different story if its consistent and/or becoming champs. you're just getting emotional and not getting rational
        • James "Yared" A ,
          He is saying quality over quantity mentality. Just two SEA teams was enough to provoke the 7.13 changes. TI8 going to China is the hidden goal so do not worry. 5 or 6 teams from your country will make it there. Market shares will always drive decisions.
        • Sea "SEAman322" Man ,
          Are you forgetting that Mineski got first place? Hello? Did you only watched Liquid games?


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