StarLadder Invitational 5: OpTic Gaming Win Their First DPC Event

StarLadder Invitational 5: OpTic Gaming Win Their First DPC Event

This weekend Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine hosted the second last minor tournament of the current competitive Dota 2 season – StarLadder ImbaTV Invitational Season 5, which concluded with a confident victory of the North American team OpTic Gaming over their opponents from China VGJ.Thunder with the 3-1 score.

The event took place at CyberSport Arena in Kyiv, Ukraine on April 12-15. As befits a minor event, the prize pool was set at $300,000 and 300 Dota Pro Circuit Points. Despite being called “Invitational”, only two of eight participating teams were actually invited by the organizers – VGJ.Thunder, who replaced Newbee, and the crowd-favorites Natus Vincere, while the other six teams made it through the regional qualifiers: Team Kinguin (Europe), FlyToMoon (CIS), OpTic Gaming (North America), SG e-sports (South America), Fnatic (Southeast Asia). LGD Gaming, who managed to win the Chinese qualifier, refused to participate in the tournament and were replaced by Vega Squadron, making it a whooping three CIS-teams at the tournament, which is quite rare these days.

The competition started with a group stage, in which eight teams were seeded into two groups of four with GSL format and best-of-three series. Group A consisted of FlyToMoon, VGJ.Thunder, Team Kinguin and OpTic Gaming, while Natus Vincere, Fnatic, SG e-sports and Vega Squadron competed in Group B. As expected, in Group A the first two places were secured by OpTic and VGJ.T. Meanwhile, Group B managed to spring a surprise – Vega managed to place first by defeating both SG (2-1) and Fnatic (2-0), while Natus Vincere lost to Fnatic two times and failed to advance to the playoffs. The playoffs stage was held in a single-elimination format with best-of-three semifinals and best-of-five grand finals. In the semifinals Vega lost to VGJ.T (0-2), while OpTic defeated Fnatic (2-1). The final series concluded with the 3-1 score in favor of OpTic Gaming. For OpTic this is the first victory at a DPC event, which also granted them 150 DPC Points. Although these points won’t affect their position in DPC rankings too much – even with these points, OpTiC currently has only 450 points, while LGD Gaming are sitting at the 8th place with 1821 points – this victory should give the PPD’s team at least some confidence boost, even Pajkatt himself mentioned in Twitter that this is his first victory at a LAN-event in 10 years.

Group Stage:

Group A Group B
1. OpTic Gaming 2-0 4-1 1. Vega Squadron 2-0 4-1
2. VGJ.Thunder 2-1 4-3 2. Fnatic 2-1 4-4
3. FlyToMoon 1-2 3-5 3. Natus Vincere 1-2 4-4
4. Team Kinguin 0-2 2-4 4. SG e-sports 0-2 1-4

Playoffs:

Tournament Results:

Place $ USD DPC Points Team
1st $135,000 150 OpTic Gaming
2nd $60,000 90 VGJ.Thunder
3rd-4th $30,000 30 Vega Squadron, Fnatic
5th-6th $15,000 - FlyToMoon, Natus Vincere
7th-8th $7,500 - Team Kinguin, SG e-sports
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