The Dota 2 Fall Season ended with the Boston Major this weekend. Let’s take a look back at some of the best teams of this cycle.
OG is naturally at the top of this list. They did not only win the season highlight – the Boston Major – but were also runner-up at The Summit 6 and third at the MarsTV Dota League. Impressive: OG defended their title as the best team of the season since they also were the best team of the Summer Season and have now won three out of five Majors.
2. Evil Geniuses
Even without their long-time mates ppd and Fear, Evil Geniuses haven’t lost much of their strength. Returning players like Arteezy and zai and former OG-player [cr1t] fit the roster so perfectly that EG won the MarsTV Dota League and got third places at both Boston Major and The Summit 6.
Not only is KaKa the new leader of the Dota 2 Player World Ranking, Newbee also re-entered the top10 of the Team World Ranking this season for the first time in a year. With three new players, two coming from TongFu they won both the World Cyber Arena Qualifier in China and the Shanghai Dota 2 Open #2. This excuses a rather poor performance at the Boston Major where they dropped out as ninth.
4. Wings Gaming
The defending champions of The International couldn’t keep up in Boston as well but Wings Gaming managed to win the Nanyang Cruise Cup and the Northern Arena Beat Invitational beforehand, securing them the fourth place in the Dota 2 Fall Season.
5. Team Secret
This season has been a slow downfall for Team Secret: First, EternaLEnVy criticised the management and teamleader Puppey publicly for the way they handle the team, then the new roster just didn’t fit well and newly signed FoREV left the team after barely two months. Nevertheless Secret won the ROG Masters and Faceit Invitational. But they didn’t even qualify for the Boston Major Main Event.
Virtus.pro changed their whole lineup for the Dota 2 Fall Season and it worked: Out of four tournaments that VP played since the International, they won two (The Summit 6 and BTS Europe), were runner-up at Dreamleague Season 6 League Play and had a good fifth place at the Boston Major – their best Majors performance ever.
7. The Imperial
Danish team The Imperial played a very impressive season for a team that is not considered world-class. They played a total of 17 tournaments in just three months and won 10 out of them. That way it doesn’t even matter that they didn’t qualify for the Boston Major. The team doesn’t exist anymore, it disbanded a few days ago and will most likely announce their move to a bigger organization soon.
8. Team Liquid
If Team Liquid hadn’t pulled of a win at the ASUS ROG Dreamleague recently, their Fall Season would have been completely messed-up. Though they added talented Miracle- and BuLba to their roster, they played four horrible tournaments and missed to qualify for the Boston Major.
9. Escape Gaming
Escape Gaming played the Summer Season under the flag of No Diggity and impressed already back then. But they took it to the next level this fall. Escape won the DreamLeague Season 6 League Play and was runner-up at the main event. They lost one of their key players – KheZu – to Team Secret though.
Compared to the Summer season, where EHOME.cn was just the 25th best team, they improved a lot. The Chinese switched four players after The International. With the new lineup EHOME didn’t win any tournaments (as the only team of this list) but had several strong performances that ended with the third place – for example at the Shanghai Dota 2 Open, the chinese WCA-qualifier and the Northern Arena Beat Invitational.