The Chinese Dota scene celebrates the first major win of the season. Vici Gaming was able to prevail at the DreamLeague Major in Stockholm after the dominant performance at StarLadder Minor. Apart from the glory, the side secured a prize pool of $ 350,000. Additionally, Vici secured third place in the DPC rankings and guaranteed participation in The International 2019.
After two major victories by Team Secret ( Chongqing ) and Virtus.pro ( Kuala Lumpur ), China once again leads the international competition. In the past couple of days, Vici Gaming prevailed against the top teams which include: PSG.LGD, Fnatic Team Secret and Virtus.Pro. In various interviews, the team praised the help of the coach and Dota legend Bai, rOtk ‘Fan, who achieved a second place at The International 2014. In the course of his career. rOtk retired from the active lineup of VGJ.Thunder in June 2017 and since then has been working as a coach for various Chinese teams.
OMG What a DAY!
From not being able to qualify for the Major to 14 days after the #SLi Minor triumph in Kiev, travelling to the #DreamLeagueMajor in Sweden to win the whole thing against @virtuspro in the finals.
Convenient it's named DreamLeague, since it makes dreams come true! pic.twitter.com/wuyNf2Ucps
— VICI Gaming (@VICI) March 25, 2019
The matches of the finale were evenly contested. The first two games of the Best of 5 were fought to the bitter end, taking both 43 and 49 minutes to complete. In both of these games, Vici Gaming was quick to get its hands on Oracle and Earth Spirit. Virtus.pro also repeatedly picked: Razor, Shadow Shaman, and Shadow Demon. Vici Gaming then made short work of the fifth and crucial game of the series. As the Chinese side beat the Russian side before the 22-minute mark.
In addition to Vici’s qualification for The International 2019, the fourth participant of the event is also certain: Evil Geniuses secured enough DPC points in their top 8 placement in Stockholm to be guaranteed a trip to Shanghai. With the four slots already awarded, only eight tickets are left for the TI9. The winners of these last remaining spot will be known in May in Paris. While the season will end with the EPICENTER Major in June.
Congrats Paparazi, Yang, Ori, Fade, Dy & rOtK! pic.twitter.com/FFcpHcWn58
— Twitch Esports (@TwitchEsports) March 25, 2019
Post-DreamLeague roster changes
The poor results in the DreamLeague Major were particularly noticeable for Forward Gaming, Mineski, and Infamous. The three organizations announced changes to their respective lineups during the major.
Forward Gaming has announced the most significant changes. Saahil, UNiVeRsE ‘Arora announced a temporary retreat from the active scene. While Avery, SVG’ Silverman went one step further and announced his retirement. Jingjun, Sneyking ‘Wu and Kartik, Kitrak’ Rathi will replace the two players.
.@SVGDota wanted to share a message for everyone with more information about his retirement from playing competitive Dota and his future plans. Thank you again, Avery, for all of your hard work! We wish you the best of luck.
— ForwardEsports (@goFORWARDgg) March 25, 2019
Finally, Roman Resolut1on Fominok left the organization’s active lineup but will remain part of the team. He will not play actively for the time being. Forward’s Yawar, YawaR ‘Hassan will replace Resolut1on. While Quinn’ CCnC ‘Callahan will fill out YawaR’s spot.