RNG upsets Team Aster in Huya Dota2 Invitational for the title

Dota 2 Cristy “Pandoradota2” Ramadani

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RNG take the Huya Dota 2 Invitational title after overpowering Team Aster 3:2 in the grand finals. 

In the first transregional LAN event since the pandemic, Huya Dota 2 Invitational has crowned their champion. 

Team Aster was looking to be the favorites. After going through the group stage without dropping a single match (ending with a 10:0 record) the Chinese team went into the playoffs with the same gusto. 

They swept through Invictus Gaming and then outplayed CDEC 2:1 in the second round before sweeping through another team, Neon, to reach the grand finals. They might have dropped a game, but they were still undefeated in a series and looking to take the title with ease. 

However, RNG had other plans. Their group stage run was only slightly less impressive, with a second-place ranking and an 8:3 record. Their hopes were high as well, but Neon dropped them to the lower brackets in the first round of the playoffs. There, they refound their groove and ran through the bottom runs with FOUR consecutive sweeps to rise from the ashes into the grand finals. 

RNG took an early lead and the first game advantage in the grand finals after a strong game 1. Then they volleyed wins back and forth with Team Aster. Win one, lose one, win one, lose one. Leaving the final and fifth game to be just as back and forth and thrilling for a hard-earned victory and championship title for RNG. 

Prize Pool

The ¥600,000 CNY (≃$91,879 USD) was distributed among the teams as seen below:

Place $ USD ¥ CNY Team
1st $30,626 ¥200,000 Royal Never Give Up
2nd $18,376 ¥120,000 Team Aster
3rd $13,782 ¥90,000 Neon Esports
4th $9,188 ¥60,000 Phoenix Gaming
5th-6th $5,360 ¥35,000 CDEC Gaming
Invictus Gaming
7th-8th $2,297 ¥15,000 iG Vitality
9th-10th $1,148 ¥7,500 Team MagMa
Army Geniuses
11th-12th $1,148 ¥7,500 Execration
Sparking Arrow Gaming

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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


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