Redemption shot for OpTic Gaming; Replace OG at China Super Major

Dota 2 Cristy “Pandoradota2” Ramadani

Photo courtesy of ESL

OpTic Gaming has received one last chance to clinch the much sought after TI8 invite that is within their reach. The North American team will be replacing OG at the China Super Major scheduled to kick off June 2.

With all of the roster changes and drama going on over the course of the last few days with the OG and Evil Geniuses shuffle, OG was forced to bow out of the last Dota 2 Pro Circuit event of the season at the last minute. Finding a replacement team would be tricky with visas and high standards, but OpTic Gaming was ready to answer the call, giving them one more shot at gaining the TI8 direct invite. 

At ESL One Birmingham Major the North American team had come within inches of seizing that invite, getting into the Grand Finals, only one series and championship title away. However, they were up against the three-time ESL One Champions and leaders of the DPC rankings —Virtus.pro, who is on a whole other level. 

OpTic Gaming has steadily been rising to glory during the second half of the season, taking a championship title at Starladder ImbaTV Invitational Season 5 Minor in April. 

The team is currently sitting in the 9th place position with 1800 points, only 135 points below the 8th place team VGJ.Thunder and 645 below Newbee in 7th place. A second place finish at the China Super Major awards 675 points while first place gives a whopping 1125 points. Even fourth place would bring the team above VGJ.Thunder, assuming the Chinese team did not gain any extra themselves. With much on the line, expect to see OpTic Gaming out in full force. 

The tournament 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. 

The China Super Major format has been reported to be inspired by the Manila Major —hailed as one of the most successful events. The tournament will begin on June 2nd with the group stage lasting only two days but jam-packed with action as four groups of four teams will compete in a double-elimination format.

In the end, all 16 teams will advance to the main stage which will also feature double elimination, best-of-three brackets.

China Super Major teams:

China.gif Vici Gaming Russia.gif Virtus.pro
Europe.gif Team Liquid China.gif Newbee
Philippines.gif TNC Pro Team United States.gif OpTic Gaming
Ukraine.gif Natus Vincere China.gif VGJ.Thunder
SouthEastAsia.gif Mineski Europe.gif Team Secret
China.gif PSG.LGD United States.gif Evil Geniuses
China.gif VGJ.Storm Peru.gif Infamous
Sweden.gif The Final Tribe Russia.gif Team Spirit




Will OpTic Gaming seize that invite now?

Yes, I am sure they can get there
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No, they will still miss it
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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


  • river "riverbird" bird ,
    EG still get to keep their spot? Could have swapped them for Fnatic to give one more team that can actually make TI a chance, to make the Super Major a better showdown.
    • Cristy "Pandoradota2" Ramadani ,
      Typically tournament organizers let you keep your spot if you have 3 original team members... that said... OG withdrew from the event and weren't kicked from it so technically they could have still 'kept' their spot too.... I am glad though OpTic will get another chance at least but it does suck for Fnatic considering their stability and improvements and EG was a 'questionable' invite even at the start
  • Vinicius "shinry0ma" Levy ,
    >not inviting pain gaming >inviting na'vi >inviting eg >inviting ppsalt Half of my interest on this major is gone.
    • "Booncz" ,
      hope that VP will run elimination mode, that could make it interesting...
      • Vinicius "shinry0ma" Levy ,
        Indeed, they're so dominant right now they could add some difficulty tweaks lol
    • bacikuk "bacikuk" bacikuk ,
      Valve needs to do something about the direct invites. If we look at it now, some of the teams that received direct invites seems ridiculous. But, I cant blame them because I believe they sent the direct invites when OG Navi and EG were all in the top 8 of DPC points.
    • Arvind "arvindl" L ,
      Why would they invite Pain Gaming. They have 504 DPC points while Optic has 1800 points. It would be utterly stupid to Invite Pain.
      • Vinicius "shinry0ma" Levy ,
        Both pain and ftm are teams that don't usually participate and yet they did very well. People should be tired of seing more of the same. You know, something different called fun. Whatever.
  • Number 1 "clariska" of Number 99 ,
    The points system are kinda broken.You can win 2 out of 10 tournaments and still qualify.Really so bad.On another note i would've rooted for optic if ppd wasn\t a salty little biatch over everything.He just think he can bad mouth who he wants reason why eg kicked him in the first place.


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