The MarsTV Dota League will be won by Team Secret – if they play up to their current form. Here’s our check of all participants.
Team Secret is the team in the best shape of all MarsTV Dota League Participants. In the past quarter they won both MLG World Finals and NanYang Dota 2 Championships. Though lately Puppey and his teammates struggled a bit at The Summit, World Cyber Arena and Star Ladder Finals, the best team in the world is the one to beat at China this weekend.
Chinese Teams have something to prove in this chinese MarsTV League
But of course success isn’t guaranteed as Secret will have to face a lot of strong opponents. These are OG and Evil Geniuses first and foremost. The former beat Secret in the Grand Finals of the Frankfurt Major, the latter just won The Summit and was runner-up at the Star Ladder Season 13 Finals. OG is defending champion of the ASUS ROG Dreamleague and was fourth at The Summit lately.
And of course there are the strong chinese teams who are eager to win a major tournament once again in their homecountry. EHOME.cn enters the MarsTV Dota League with the title of the Radiant & Dire Cup in their backpack. But that was an almost all-chinese tournament. The last chinese team to win a global tournament with more than 100,000 dollar prize money was LGD Gaming back in May 2015, when they won the i-League. So the four participating teams from China – Newbee and Vici Gaming besides the mentioned ones – have something to prove to their fans.
Here are the three underdogs
This leaves us with three teams who play the part of underdogs: Mineski was part of the Frankfurt Major at least, but failed to qualify for Shanghai. Their best effort since was a seventh place at the Summit 4. compLexity Gaming won the American Qualifier, but besides a fifth place at the Game Show Global eSports Cup in December we didn’t ever see them challenge the top-tier teams. And finally Team Spirit may be worth watching since they are new to the scene playing their second major tournament after the Star Ladder Finals two weeks ago and having qualified for the Shangahi Major in March.