Invictus Gaming Wins First Dota 2 Minor, Secures Spot At Chengdu Major

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Chinese team Invictus Gaming wins first DPC Minor.
Chinese team Invictus Gaming wins first DPC Minor. Invictus Gaming

Chinese Dota 2 team Invictus Gaming is showing everyone why it deserves to be in the top spot as it dominated the recently concluded Dota Summit 11. Held in Los Angeles, this is the first Minor Tournament of the new DPC Season. As the champion, Invictus Gaming took home $72,000 and 140 DPC points. However a more important benefit with winning this tournament is an automatic spot at the upcoming MDL Chengdu Major.

Invictus Gaming entered the tournament through the China qualifier, beating out CDEC, Newbee, and Royal Never Give Up. In the tournament proper, iG was grouped with Ninjas in Pyjamas, paiN Gaming, and jfshfh178, who served as a replacement for In the first matches of the Group Stage, it was iG and 178 that took the lead, beating their respective opponents 2-0. In the winner's match, iG got a 2-1 win versus 178.

In the first match of the Playoffs, iG was paired with HellRaisers. The first game took more than an hour with iG managing to finally get the win. While the second game was won by HellRaisers, iG would not be denied the next round, and took the third game in just under 40 minutes.

The Upper Bracket finals were against Chaos Esports. Despite a promising roster from Chaos, the first game was all iG with top performances from Jin "flyfly" Zhiyi on Morphling and Zhou "Emo" Yi on Puck. The second game was pretty much like the first with iG eventually securing a spot at the Grand Finals.

Meanwhile, Chaos dropped to the Lower Bracket Finals where it battled HellRaisers. Chaos swept with a 2-0 win, resulting in a rematch with iG for the championship.

In the first game of the championship, it was Thiay "JT-" Jun Wen, currently on loan from Mineski, who has an excellent performance on his Timbersaw, along with Emo on Ember Spirit. The second game was pretty much like the first one with flyfly on Anti-Mage getting eight kills and zero deaths with Emo on Tiny contributing with 13 kills. In the third game, Chaos did what it could to avoid a sweep, but iG proved to be too much.

With this, iG becomes the 16th and final team to be part of the MDL Chengdu Major. This is the first Major of the new DPC season and offers a $1 million prize pool with a total of 15,000 Pro Circuit Points up for grabs.

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