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DOTA Summit 8 Preview

December 13, 2017 - Esports
DOTA Summit 8 Preview

One more event, a Minor this time, is going to start on Dec. 13 in Dota 2. Part of The Summit series, Dota Summit 8 will take place in Los Angeles, California. The winner of the event will win a big chunk of the $300,000 prize pool and get some Pro Circuit Points to help them qualify for The International 2018.

Nine teams will start the event, two invitees, 6 regional qualifier winners and the winner of King’s Cup: America tournament.

The teams entering the tournament will be OG, Evil Geniuses, OpTic Gaming, compLexity Gaming, Sacred, Team Kinguin, Virtus.pro, LGD Gaming, and Fnatic.

CS:GO fans might wonder how the tournament is going to work with nine teams. The system is actually quite different from what’s done in CS:GO. The nine teams are seeded into three groups, using an interesting system where the teams with the most Dota Pro Circuit points got seeded into different groups and got to choose their opponents in the Group Stage from the qualified teams.

In each group, teams will play against each other three times. Every win will give them one point. The team with the most points in each group will go straight to the Semifinals, while the number 2 teams and the number 3 team with the most points will play in a Wild Card side-tournament, with the winner earning the last spot in the Semifinals.

As the three teams with the most Pro Circuit Points, Virtus.pro, LGD Gaming, and Evil Geniuses are obviously the favorites to win the whole tournament, though OG should not be discounted either.