In light of recent world events, the ESL One LA Major has been replaced with an online league format that many of the attendees have been invited to participate in. The teams are split into five regions, each with their own prize pool, but who will come out on top?
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ESL One LA Online Predictions
The ESL One LA major has been replaced by five online leagues that split each region into its own division. The online environment has its advantages and disadvantages for both the top teams and up-and-coming rosters. We're expected quite a few upsets over the course of the competition
ESL One sees the return of TI champions OG as well minor stars NiP. OG, with the addition of three members, battled their way through the open qualifiers to eventually qualify for the major without losing a series in the closed qualifiers.
OG’s all-star lineup was announced during the True Sight premiere in Berlin, where former EG Mid Syed “SumaiL” Hassan announced his addition to the team. Yeik “MidOne” Zheng and Martin “Saksa” Sazdov were quickly announced after the event.
NiP’s minor appearance has almost become expected in recent times with the organisation attending five out of the last six minors and recently bombing out of the WePlay! Bukovel minor, going 0-2 in the Group Stages. The newest additions of Nikita “Daxak” Kuzmin and Rodrigo “Lelis” Santos seems to have reinvigorated the team with some fresh ideas.
Secret’s winning recipe
Returning to the DPC with a boom, Team Secret won their first event of the season at the DreamLeague Leipzig Major going undefeated throughout. After yet another disappointing TI for the organisation, they made an unexpected roster change, bringing in Lasse “MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen to replace “MidOne”.
Yazied “YapZor” Jaradat’s Rubick play was one of Secret’s secret weapons winning eight of the nine matches played in DreamLeague - and a huge 7.24 KDA. You can expect Secret’s performance to be even more potent with the extra time to play with their new addition.
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EG inches closer to the top spot
The past year has seen the NA power house of EG make baby steps towards being a world beater in the DPC. With consecutive third place finishes in the previous season majors, the EG roster was another team that saw dramatic changes with Roman “RAMZES666” Kushnarev making the transition from carry to offlane as well as Abed “Abed” Yusop being drafted in for his specialised mid play.
DreamLeague saw the latest edition of EG come within touching distance of a major win, ultimately falling in the grand finals to Team Secret 2-3. They are likely to take it all the way this time, facing significantly weaker opponents in CR4ZY and Business Associates.
GeekFam – SEA’s new challenger & ThunderPredator
GeekFam’s return to international Dota was impressive to say the least. Combining the remnants of ex-TNC and Faceless rosters, GeekFam were able to perform at one of the most stacked Dota minors in recent memory, taking the scalps of some ferocious teams. SEA’s answer to “Arteezy”, Marc “Raven” Fausto, regularly puts his team on his back and carries them to victory.
The open qualifier surprise, ThunderPredator dropped just one map on their way to securing their spot at the ESL One LA Major as one of the two South American representatives. The relatively unknown team appear to be using that surprise to their advantage and this makes them a hard team to predict with little known about them.
Veni vidi VICI
Sitting pretty at second in the DPC standings, Vici are the team in form in China right now. After claiming second and third place in consecutive majors, the Chinese roster has accumulated 5100 and all but secured an automatic invitation to TI10.
There will be some tough competition in the CN league with teams like PSG.LGD and RNG also participating for the $55,000 prize pool. This is a league with the most international pedigree where any team can win. Time for some exciting Chinese dota!