Between June 14-18, two Dota 2 LANs happened at the opposite sides of the world. In Los Angeles, The Summit went live for its seventh edition, while in Shenzhen, China the inaugural Galaxy Battles took place.
Most English-speaking fans followed The Summit 7, having some of the bigger names in western Dota and saw Virtus.pro defending their title after a very thorny road to the repeat championship. VP were sent to the losers’ bracket after semi-finals loss to LGD Gaming and had to claw their way back through a heap of games, an LGD rematch included.
VP eventually got to play Team Secret in the grand finals, who had an expected dominant run through the winners’ bracket, only dropping one game in three matches. Digital Chaos was the only team able to put Secret to their knees (kind of), before Clement “Puppey” Ivanov and co. ploughed through Natus Vincere and LGD Gaming.
The grand final series see-sawed with Secret going one up at the start before VP turned the score around. The finals went to full five games, featuring an Anti-Mage clinic by Roman “Ramzes666” Kushnarev, as VP games usually do.
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The finals in Shenzhen were much less contested. Newbee cruised to the final day after a 2-0 vs. ig Vitality and 2-1 after Planet Odd to meet the struggling roster behind captain Rasmus “MiSeRy” Filipsen for a second time, only to wipe them clean 3-0. Damien “kpii” Chok’s Underlord became a centerpiece in Newbee’s first two wins and attracted a ban from Planet Odd in Game 3. Even though the scoreboard read an even 19 kill count, Newbee had choked Odd out of experience and had Xu “Moogy” Han’s Terrorblade run unchecked, unable to kill him.
With these victories, both teams have been confirmed as direct invites to The International 2017, to join Evil Geniuses, OG, Invictus Gaming and Team Liquid.
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