Summit 11 Minor; Teams, memes and shattered dreams

Dota 2 Geoffrey “SophoS” Magdziasz

Today marks the conclusion of the Group Stage as well as the eve of a long-awaited Main Event, but these two teams will not have the privilege to participate.

It’s difficult to imagine that The International 2019 was just under three months ago. Yet, here we are standing on the precipice of another DPC season overlooking a large swath of fresh teams itching to carve their names into DOTA 2 history.

Much to the chagrin of Ninjas in Pyjamas and Geek Fam, the two teams will need to put these dreams on hold as both were eliminated from the event today.

A promising appearance at DreamLeague Season 12 set up NiP as possible contenders at the Summit 11 Minor. However, this was followed up by a devastating departure from ESL One Hamburg. The team dropped four straight games to tumble into the lower bracket and subsequently out of the tournament. Early experience made NiP beneficiaries of a two-week interval to reassess and analyze the meta in preparation for a crucial benchmark for the team. All for naught as it turned out. The team struggled to gain footing early on while plagued with inconsistent gameplay and a seemingly disjointed approach. The final nail in the coffin was hammered in place by an astonishing 178 team whose surprising brilliance has turned heads.

Hailing from Southeast Asia, Geek Fam could have easily been viewed as a legitimate prospect to win due to a plethora of experience and seasoned veterans filling out the team. During the offseason Marc ‘Raven’ Fausto and Carlo ‘Kuku’ Palad reunited under the Geek Fam banner to reestablish themselves as iconic figures within the Southeast Asia DOTA 2 scene. The plans appeared quite promising, at first. After powering through Ad Finem in two games, Geek Fam went on to lose four consecutive games with the Main Event within grasp. The opportunity trickled through the fingers of the veteran squad.

Championship Sunday looms just around the corner with four teams advancing to the Main Event: Chaos Esports, Invictus Gaming, 178 and HellRaisers.

The Main Event will commence on Saturday, November 9th. Nerves will be tested, and tension amplified as a slot at the MDL Chengdu Major hangs in the balance.

Summit 11 Minor Teams

CIS jfshfh178*
CIS HellRaisers**
Europe NiP
Greece  Ad Finem
China Invictus Gaming
Malaysia Geek Fam
United States Chaos Esports*
Brazil paiN Gaming

*jfshfh178 has replaced Virtus.pro who withdrew from the event three weeks ago.

**Hellraisers will be playing with a stand-in, Semion "CemaTheSlayer" Krivulya as Ilya 'ALOHADANCE' Korobkin has been benched

*** Chaos will be playing with a new offlaner, Jonáš "Saberlight-" Volek,  following the departure of Syed Sumail "Suma1L" Hassan immediately after the team qualified for the event.

Per Valve DPC rules, a team that removes a player after securing a slot at a minor or a major, will have a 20% deduction to the points obtained during that event in addition to the normal penalty.

The normal penalty is a 40% penalty on points earned from that tournament.

Summit 11 Minor Groups

Summit 11 Minor format

  • Group Stage:
    • Two GSL groups
    • All games are Bo3
    • Top two teams advance to the Playoffs
    • Bottom two teams are eliminated
  • Playoffs:
    • Double elimination bracket
    • All games are Bo3
    • Bo5 Grand Finals

Dota Summit Minor prize pool and point distribution

Place Prize Pool Points
1st $72,000 140*
2nd  $60,000 120
3rd $54,000 110
4th $42,000 90
5-6th Ninjas in Pyjamas $24,000 60
5-6th Geek Fam $24,000 60
7-8th Ad Finem $12,000 40
7-8th paiN Gaming $12,000 40

*Since the minor winner also gets to participate in the major, they will only get points for the event in which they placed better (e.g: If they place last in the major, they will only get 140 points for winning the minor. If they place 8th instead, they'd get the 450 points for the major but not the 140 points from the minor)

Summit 11 Minor

Between November 7-10th, eight teams determined via qualifiers will battle it out in Los Angeles, California for the lion's share of the $300,000 prize pool and 660 DPC points as well as the highly coveted spot at the MDL Chengdu Major taking place in Chengdu, Sichuan on November 16-24th.



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Geoffrey “SophoS” Magdziasz
Accounting graduate, Esports enthusiast, aspiring businessman. Follow on Twitter @SophoS_Dota


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