Ahh “The Summit”. A tournament beloved for its highly competitive games, yet relaxed and casual atmosphere. Casters sit on comfy couches in street clothes, while players not currently in a match wander around the kitchen looking for food in the background. It’s a fairly human look at the players and casters that tournaments don’t usually present to us. Of course, the casual atmosphere at this weekends “The Summit 8” tournament does not mean that the competition will be lacking. Thus, without further ado, lets take a look at the teams that have a chance at The Summit’s pool of Qualifying Points.
Position 1 – Johan “N0tail” Sundstein
Position 2 – Roman “Resolut1on” Fominok
Position 3 – Gustav “s4” Magnusson
Position 4 – Jesse “JerAx” Vainikka
Position 5 – Tal “Fly” Aizik
The year has not been kind to OG until very recently. Despite changing nothing about their roster, the four time Major winners have been plagued with disappointing finishes. That being said, they were finally able to put themselves on the board by taking first place at MDL Macau recently. It very well could be that it has just taken this group a bit longer to understand the new meta. With the gravity of the changes that occurred, no one would blame them. Regardless, they appear to be back in form now, and it will be exciting to see what they can manage this weekend. They still have a long way to go to secure a TI invite, but the season is yet young.
Position 1 – Artour “Arteezy” Babaev
Position 2 – Sumail “Suma1l” Hassan
Position 3 – Saahil “UNiVeRsE” Aurora
Position 4 – Andreas “Cr1t-” Nielsen
Position 5 – Clinton “Fear” Loomis
Evil Geniuses’ 3rd place finish at Dream League is certainly not an achievement to scoff at. Of course they did it in typical EG fashion as well. After losing the first series, the boys in blue decimated every team they faced in the lower bracket 2-0. It is hard to blame them for losing their first set either, as their opponent, Team Secret, went on to win the whole tournament.
EG’s opponents were not easy ones either. Virtus.Pro is still looking strong after their recent Major victory, and Na’Vi fans are celebrating their team’s return to form this year. Say what you will about the SADBOYS, but they’re still a force to be reckoned with, and I reckon they will perform well in The Summit 8.
Position 1 – Natan “Exotic_Deer” Michalewicz
Position 2 – Michał “Nisha” Jankowski
Position 3 – Paweł “Patos” Naruszewicz
Position 4 – Rafał “eL lisasH” Wójcik
Position 5 – Jakub “kacor” Kocjan
Team Kinguin started out on the right foot at Perfect World Masters by building a story-line worth following in the group stages. While Kinguin is a common gaming and esports brand, they only entered the DotA scene recently. As such, viewers really didn’t expect them to perform well. Kinguin immediately caught everyone’s attention when they took two quick games off of Team Secret during the group stage.
Unfortunately their group stage success did not translate into results in the playoffs. Regardless these players have shown that they can stand toe to toe with the best. I hope that this team can pull out a repeat performance if for no other reason than it makes for some darn good DotA watching.
Position 1 – Wang “Ame” Chunyu
Position 2 – Lu “Maybe” Yao
Position 3 – Xu “fy” Linsen
Position 4 – Yao “Yao” Zhengzheng
Position 5 – Chen “Victoria” Guanhong (Standin Yao “QQQ” Yi)
LGD have not improved their luck since the last time I covered them in one of these articles. Though they managed a 2nd place finish at PGL Open Bucharest, they’ve hardly been seen in a playoff series since. They were eliminated in the group stage of both Perfect World Masters and MDL Macau. There is however going to be a small change in their roster for this tournament. Victoria will be unable to attend, so the team’s coach QQQ will be standing in for the 5th position. At this point any change seems like it wouldn’t be a bad idea. We’ll have to wait and see how well they can represent Chinese DotA at The Summit 8.
Position 1 – Jacky “EternaLEnVy” Mao
Position 2 – Abed “Abed” Yusop
Position 3 – Khoo “Ohaiyo” Chong Xin
Position 4 – Djardel “DJ” Mampusti
Position 5 – Johan “pieliedie” Åström
Here we have it. The first team on the list with a permanent roster change since the initial roster lock. Steve “Xcalibur” Ye has been moved to a Sub position, while Abed replaces him in the 2 position. As the first player to reach 10k MMR, it’s clear that he is an individually talented player. Whether he alone will be enough to pull the organization up from their current slump remains to be seen.
Position 1 – Benjamín “Benjaz” Lanaos
Position 2 – Leonardo “Leostyle” Sifuentes
Position 3 – Renato “Kingteka” Garcia
Position 4 – Farith “Matthew” Puente
Position 5 – Álex “Masoku” Dávila (Standin “DEMON”)
If this lineup looks familiar, it’s for good reason. Sacred is none other than the remnants of DC.SA, DC’s South American branch. Clearly these players were not ready to give up their pro careers yet. The team only formed in October of this year, so it is nigh impossible to guess how they will fare against these top teams. This is especially true considering they too will be playing with a stand-in player in the 5th position.
Position 1 – Roman “RAMZES666” Kuchnarev
Position 2 – Vladimir “No[o]ne” Minenko
Position 3 – Pavel “9pasha” Khvastunov
Position 4 – Ilya “Lil” Ilyuk
Position 5 – Alexei “Solo” Berezin (Sub “Artstyle”)
Virtus.Pro showed us middling performances in both Dream League and MDL Macau recently. While they made it to the playoffs of MDL Macau, they were immediately eliminated by TNC. They did not fare much better at Dream League, where despite beating Na’Vi fairly handily, they ended the tournament in 5th-6th place. Despite these lackluster performances, it’s impossible for a single team to win every tournament. When VP’s drafts click, their momentum can feel impossible to stop. Though the Summit 8 may feel like a more casual tournament, there is still a lot at stake here, and VP will be sure to come at it with everything they have.
Position 1 – Rasmus “Chessie” Blomdin
Position 2 – Linus “Limmp” Blomdin
Position 3 – David “Moo” Hull
Position 4 – Zakari “Zfreek” Freedman
Position 5 – Kyle “melonzz” Freedman
I will admit that compLexity is one of those teams I often root for despite overwhelming evidence that the odds are stacked against them. There is something unique about a team comprised of people that are literal family to each other. The fact that Kyle and Zfreek have played DotA together for so long without going the way of the Gallagher brothers shows their trust in each other as players and brothers.
But familial bonds do not win a DotA tournament, as shown by their single 3-4th place finishes at Star Ladder and Perfect World Masters. Though they always perform well in qualifiers and group stages, they have not been able to carry that momentum into a playoff scenario. I’ve seen nothing recently to indicate this will change, but that won’t stop me from hoping they will surprise me at The Summit 8.
Position 1 – Per Olsson “Pajkatt” Lille
Position 2 – Quinn “CC&C” Callahan
Position 3 – Ludwig “zai” Wahlberg
Position 4 – Martin “Saksa” Sazdov (Standin)
Position 5 – Peter “ppd” Dager
Given their pedigree, most people expected OpTic Gaming to be doing better than they have this season. PPD is TI winning captain and drafter, and the team he built around himself is full of talent both new and old. They’ve picked up the pace lately with a victory at Midas Mode, and a second place finish at ROG Masters. Unfortunately for them, neither of these tournaments yielded any Qualifying Points.
Saksa has been standing in for MiSeRy ever since his departure from the team, so maybe that has something to do with their recent upswing in momentum. Saksa has announced however that he’s not looking to get back into DotA for a while, so the chances of him becoming a permanent fixture on the team are low. Regardless, maybe they are in a better place than ever with their new teammate to take their first tournament and put some points on the board at The Summit 8.
The Summit 8 will take place in Los Angeles, CA from December 13th to December 17th.
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