Mineski Marks a Historic Landmark at Dota 2 Asia Championships 2018

Mineski makes history in the Dota 2 pro scene, being the first Southeast Asian team to clinch the title in a Valve Dota 2 Major. Mineski emerged champions in the recent Dota 2 Asia Championships 2018 (DAC 2018) after overcoming hometown heroes LGD Gaming in the grand finals of the tournament.

Being a Valve Major event, DAC 2018 had a total prize pool of US$1,000,000 and 1,500 Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) points up for grabs. With Mineski taking first place, Mushi and co. walked away with US$370,000 and 750 DPC points per player. This allowed Mineski to leapfrog its way up to fourth place, almost certainly securing themselves an invite to The International 8 (TI8).

Going into the tournament, it was safe to say that Mineski were not one of the favourites, having performed below par as of late. Being sorted into Group B alongside other teams like Virtus.pro (VP), Evil Geniuses (EG), Invictus Gaming (iG) and Team Secret, it was going to be a gargantuan task for our local boys to pull through.

After four days of brutal group stage matches, Mineski emerged second place in Group B with a total score of 6 – 1 with their only loss coming from the hands of VP. This allowed Mineski to take a spot in the Upper Bracket of the Main Event, which saw them go up against Optic Gaming. In both games, Mineski went with very similar drafts, both of which worked out in their favour.

Moving up in the Upper Bracket, Mineski faced off against Vici Gaming (VG), who proved a much more worthy adversary as compared to Optic Gaming. VG managed to take Mushi and co. all the way to three games in its best-of-three series but Mineski eventually pulled ahead with a great teamfight-heavy lineup.

After dispatching one of China’s top teams, it was down to LGD Gaming to put a stop to the Malaysian powerhouse. Sadly, that was not the case as Mineski took a swift and decisive victory of LGD Gaming to cement themselves a place in the top two placing. Although their first game against LGD Gaming was a stomp, the second proved to be a much more arduous task, which lasted a little over an hour. Fun fact: this was Mineski’s second game in the Main Event that went beyond the one-hour mark, with the first game being their loss in the second game against VG.

After being knocked down into the Lower Bracket Finals, LGD Gaming went up against the only team to secure themselves a direct TI8 invite, VP. After dropping the first map to the Russians, LGD Gaming came back fighting, taking the second and third map and sending VP to third place. This means that LGD Gaming were set to face Mineski once again, and this time in a best-of-five Grand Finals.

LGD Gaming showed their dominance in game one, dispatching Mineski with ease in under half-an-hour. What followed was a back-and-forth match between the two teams as Mineski took the second game and LGD Gaming took the third. Looking to tie up the game once and for all, LGD Gaming went for a similar lineup that worked in game one, comprising of Tiny, Ancient Apparition and Phantom Assassin.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t a repeat of the first map as Mineski took the win convincingly, setting the stage for the fifth and final match. Riding on a high, Mineski went for a teamfight control lineup, something they have been running over the course of the tournament. Being the longest game in the series, both Mineski and LGD Gaming were in for the fight of their lives; alas, only one victor would emerge and it would be Mineski.

With only six tournaments left (two Minors and four Majors), Mineski has to do is secure themselves at least two more top three placings in the next six tournaments in order to secure their spot at TI8. While that is easier said than done, they have since proved that the task isn’t impossible.

(Image Source: Mineski Facebook Page, Video Source: MidasHim)

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