Evil Geniuses, Alliance and EHOME are the best teams of the Dota 2 Winter Season which ended with the Shanghai Major last week. The major-champion Team Secret however had a bad season overall.
Evil Geniuses is the best team of the Dota 2 Winter Season. The season spanned over more than three months from the Frankfurt Major at the end of November to the Shanghai Major last weekend. During this timeperiod, EG collected 21,600 world ranking points. That is as much as the Vega Squadron, tenth best team in the world at the moment, gathered in a whole year.
EG played just five tournaments in the Winter Season
EG won both The Summit 4 and Captains Draft 3.0 in the Winter Season and was runner-up at both Star Ladder Star Series and MarsTV Dota League. In total, the Americans around ppd played just five major tournaments but never finished worth than the third place at the Shanghai Major.
Alliance comes in second in the Winter Season ranking. The Swedes sensationally came back with their old lineup that won the International 2013. In the Winter Season, Akke, EGM and their teammates won both World Cyber Arena and Star Ladder Star Series. They went into the Shanghai Major as favourites thus but couldn’t live up to the expectations, finishing the tournament on rank seven.
Despite the Shanghai Major: EHOME is third and Secret only ninth
Despite all the disappointment chinese teams presented us at the Major, EHOME.cn is the third best team of the Winter Season. They won three tournaments in just one month: The chinese Dota 2 Radiant & Dire Cup, the Shanghai Open and the MarsTV Dota League.
As you probably already noticed, the top teams of the Shanghai Major weren’t mentioned yet. That is because they played a good tournament but not a spectacular season as well. Team Liquid for example is just the fifth most successful team of the Winter Season, close before OG on rank six. Shanghai-champion Team Secret, still leader of the World Ranking, actually is just the ninth best team of the Winter Season. Before Shanghai, Puppey and his team disappointed at several occasions, including WCA and Star Ladder. But that doesn’t matter much when you get a 1,000,000 dollar paycheck at the end of the Season, does it?
A new special ranking for the Winter Season
Shanghais biggest surprises compLexity Gaming and MVP Phoenix are 15th and 16th in the Winter Season Ranking, which is mostly due to not-so-great performances at the other major events of the past months and proving that the Major itself is kind of a special tournament that doesn’t really follow the paths set beforehand.
We created a special ranking for the 100 best teams and players of the Winter Season. So if you are wondering „And what about xy?“, just take a look there.