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Groups drawn and ready for China Super Major

Dota 2 Hitanshu “Anomalina” Budhwani


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Just two days before the event kicks off, the 16 teams participating at the last and most important major of the season have been sorted into four groups.

No amount of hype for the China Dota 2 Super Major is enough, as the tournament is sure to be entertaining right from the start. Only a few days ago, it was announced that OpTic Gaming would get one last shot at securing an invite to The International 8 after they were awarded OG's spot at the event. The latter dropped out of the tournament following their roster swap with Evil Geniuses, who will still be competing at the major despite being ineligible for a direct invite.

It is evident right from the seedings that each of the groups will have some close match-ups and intense competition to offer. Keep in mind, that none of the teams will be eliminated in the group stages, giving them a fair chance in the playoffs if they under-perform here.

However, no team wants to grind it out in the lower brackets, where teams will have to play twice the number of rounds than those in the upper brackets.

The groups were drawn at complete random, with the teams relegated to tiers based on the DPC points they hold prior to the beginning of the major, to ensure fairness and balance within the sorting. One team was then added to each group from one of the four different tiers of teams through a blind poll.

Group Stage Format:
 

  • Four groups of four teams each.
  • Bo3 double-elimination (GSL) bracket.
  • Top two teams from each group advance to the Upper Bracket of Main Event.
  • Bottom two teams from each group advance to the Lower Bracket of Main Event.

 

Groups of China Super Major:
 

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

 

Kicking off the group stages will be Team Liquid going against Team Spirit while Virtus.pro faces TNC Pro Team simultaneously on 2nd June, 10:00 (local time)/4:00 (CEST).

QUICKPOLL

Which group has more exciting matches on the first day of the group stages?

Group A
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Group B
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Hitanshu “Anomalina” Budhwani
https://twitter.com/AnomalinaDota2

Discussion

  • Number 1 "clariska" of Number 99 ,
    Doubt EG will be prepared for this event.Hardly enough time but still siked to see how they do with the new roster.All in all it looks pretty balance cept for group A where TL are favorites.Personally i feel group C will have the best matches.
    • James "Yared" A ,
      EG.FLY > OG.FLY With Coach Fear?
      • Hitanshu "Anomalina" Budhwani ,
        Bulba is still EG's official coach as far as I know. But who knows, Fear may act as their motivator from behind the scenes.
    • Hitanshu "Anomalina" Budhwani ,
      There was a massive patch following the Birmingham Major, so maybe every team is a bit in the unknown coming into this major?
    • Trance "exhale" Energy ,
      So you say all groups are balanced except group A, where TL are favorites but you ignore VP's group, right? I mean regardless in which group they are, aren't they at least one level above every other team in the world, right now? Needless to say, as Anomalina pointed out, there was this huge patch which has just been released yet, you see TL as favorites. Not trying to point anything out besides the fact that your TL bias is a tad too obvious. Sadly, they are kinda out of shape, at the moment. P.S. I kinda hate it how IF and Valve are so quick to release patches which bring big changes whenever a team is dominating the scene. In VP's case, they did it twice while in TL's case, they barely did it once in a year.
      • Jack "usernem" Fisherman ,
        No they arent. And i dont know where he wrote that all groups are balanced expect group A.
        • Trance "exhale" Energy ,
          Read before replying. "All in all looks pretty balance cept for group A where TL are favorites".
      • bacikuk "bacikuk" bacikuk ,
        I think its best to say its balanced because each group will have 2 favourites and 2 underdogs. Except probably group D since they have Optic who is really good lately. A: favourite: Liquid Newbee, underdogs: Navi Spirit B: fav: VP Vici, udogs: EG TNC C: fav: Secret Mski, udogs: VGJStorm TFT D: fav: LGD Thunder Optic, udogs: infamous
  • Raditya "Raadtraa" Putra ,
    Group A have Liquid and Newbee who didn't perform well, not snatching any major's title recently. Spirit and Na'vi join the fray as underdogs give this group a bit of challenge to test themselves against the favorites. VP has always been the toughest for most teams, thus giving the other three well-balanced teams to fight for second or maybe a chance to slide the giant. VGJ Storm has so much to prove as the best team from NA, a top finish against EU and SEA powerhouses would secure some confident for themselves to fight on. Lastly, I would like to see some surprises from the only SA team, who knows they could upset bigger team and snatch some DPC points like their brother. I think it's a good composition in each group, some a bit overpowered but not really much, as all teams have adapted and improved well during recent patch. They may have some strats in group stage, but playoffs is all about do or death situation. I think the winner of this last major would make a strong contender in TI 8, if they qualified of course.
  • river "riverbird" bird ,
    Group B missed the memo to pick a couple of teams from the bunny bowl RIP

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