Dota 2 Asia Championship 2018
March 29 – April 7
The top sixteen esports teams gathered in Shanghai to compete for an impressive prize pool of $1,000,000 and 1,500 qualifying points that will ensure their invitation to the International. Six teams were invited to the event, while ten others fought in regional qualifiers for their right to participate. This championship proved that Virtus.Pro is, in fact, beatable, and reshuffled the rankings in the Dota 2 Pro Circuit.
It would be fair to say that the competition ended with an unexpected twist. After their epic win at Bucharest Major, Virtus.Pro was the main favorite of this championship. The team’s win odds stood at an impressive 4.26 before the match, making them the absolute favorites. Team Secret took second place with a 4.79 rate, and Team Secret was labeled third with 6 points.
Mineski landed in12th place with a 29 win rate coefficient, which means that streamers and spectators who dared to bet on their victory earned a lot of money overnight. It’s also interesting to note that the group stage showed an interesting dynamic. Contestants played ten knockout matches in Group A, but there were none in Group B.
Mineski was unbeatable during the tournament, making its opponents fear the upcoming tournaments. Virtus.Pro lost to Team Liquid and continued their battle for victory in the lower bracket until they met with LGD Gaming. The last match was incredibly intense, and you can see the evidence of this in the final score – 3:2 to Mineski.
Mineski took the competition by storm and won $370,000 in prize money and 750 qualifying points. Thus, they landed 3d place at the professional top eight teams, pushing Na’Vi and Evil Geniuses out of the list. Currently, Mineski stands at fourth place, losing to Team Secret with a total of 4710 DPC points.
DAC 2018 Meta
Meta at the Dota 2 Asia Championship 2018 is interesting to look at despite the fact that 18 heroes were ignored, and 22 never saw the big stage. However, hero picks were quite diverse.
Sand King and Gyrocopter were the most frequently picked heroes during the DAC. Despite the fact they were nerfed in the 7.12 patch, the heroes are still playable with the win rate standing slightly below 50% (47% for Sand King and 46% for Gyrocopter). Slardar, who is very similar to the Sand King regarding their role on the map, was picked 12 times, but with an impressive win rate of 66.6% or 8 out of 12 matches.
Lifestealer, Troll Warlord, and Luna are doing significantly better and can boast an increasing win rate after this championship. Overall, this competition showed us that, while meta heroes from the previous patch remain playable, the game has entered an era of pick variety. We will see how professional teams will integrate this knowledge into their strategies in the upcoming tournaments.
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