OGA Dota 2 PIT Minor will be the fourth Minor event of the 2018/2019 season where eight top teams will fight for a $300,000 prize pool along with 500 DPC points pool which will be added to their profile. After the qualification round, the main event will take place in Spaladium Arena in Split, Croatia starting from 22ndApril 2019 till 28thApril 2019. It must be noted that the winner of the Minor will be participating in MDL Disneyland® Paris Major in May 2019.
The Qualifying Round
In every Minor event of the DPC season, there are eight teams which qualify through the regional qualifying round, the qualifiers are divided into two categories, namely Open and Closed qualifiers. The top ranked teams get a direct invitation for the Closed qualifiers.
1. North America
There will only be one team representing the North American region in the main event. There are a couple of big names in the region which are most prominent, Forward Gaming and J.Storm. Both the teams failed to make it through to the MDL Disneyland® Majors in Paris and now they have to win the Minors to get to that part of the world. It is now a long way to go for Forward Gaming because they lost the MDL Major regional qualifier final against Team Team.
2. South America
Similarly, there will only be one team at the Spaladium Arena representing South America. Apparently, the most resilient team in South American region is Infamous but we saw in the MDL Major qualifiers that the least favorites can make it to the Major event as well. A few other teams to watch in the South American Qualifiers will be Gorillaz-Pride and Thunder Predator.
In Crotia, European Region will be represented by two teams. PPD’s Ninjas in Pyjamas seems to be in the leading position to get a ticket to Split but teams like The Final Tribe and Alliance will give not let the opportunity go down the drain that easily. Recently, there has been a rise of a name Kingdra, having well known players in their squad. And it will be exciting to see how they team up and fight against composed oppositions.
Some big names of the gaming industry Gambit Esports, Natus Vincere and Old But Gold will be competing for a place in the PIT Minor. All of them are experienced and have the capability to make it to the main event but there is only one slot for the taking. In the qualifying round, if Na’Vi and Gambit both manage to win their first rounds, they will face each other in a fiery Semi Final. And we saw Sonneiko and his team beating Gambit in the Disneyland® Major qualifier some days ago.
The Chinese Region has been giving some performances which certainly has raised some eyebrows. This is one of the reason that there will be two participating teams from China. At first sight, the teams NewBee and EHOME look favorites here. But if NewBee has to change the way they play otherwise teams like Royal or Royal Never Give Up can snatch the ticket from them quite easily.
6. Southeast Asia
Names like TNC Predator, Boom ID, WarriorsGaming.Unity and Tigers are participating in the Southeast Asian qualifiers. TNC Predator stands out among the other, and they were almost at touching distance to Disneyland® Major but were beaten by Fnatic and Mineski in the Major Qualifiers. Only one team will represent Southeast Asia in the DPC Minor event.
Dates To Remember
- North America– 2nd& 3rdApril
- South America– 4th& 5thApril
- Europe– 5th& 6thApril
- CIS– 3rd& 4thApril
- China– 3rd& 4thApril
- Southeast Asia– 5th& 6thApril