DOTA 2 DreamLeague grand finals results
Dota 2 DreamLeague Season 8 finals results
The holiday season brings joy and holiday cheer, but more importantly, it means that the Dota 2 DreamLeague season is here. DreamLeague is the second Major tournament of the Dota 2 Pro Circuit and every team is vying for a spot on the Pro Circuit (along with a share of a US$1 million prize pool). The top four teams will take away a share of 1,500 qualification points, contributing to their full score and a chance at a spot on the Pro Circuit.
Eight teams went up against each other over the weekend, but only one walked away the winner.
All teams who attended and participated qualified for the DreamLeague. This means that every team was on a level playing field. No direct invites were issued for this Major. Eight powerhouse teams had to fight their way to the tournament against others in their own regions. Now they face off against the top teams from every region in the Pro Circuit, from South America to China.
Some of the teams are real contenders, like the defending champions Team Liquid, along with the previous Major winners Virtus Pro. Not to be outdone, the T17 finalists Newbee are also ready to prove themselves.
This competition works in a double-elimination bracket, with pre-seeded brackets. This means that all teams are in an upper bracket. If they lose, then they move to a lower bracket; if they win, then they move through the upper bracket. The lower bracket matches are all elimination matches. Both brackets play out until there are only two teams left: one in the lower bracket and one in the upper bracket. These teams go to the finals.
The two brackets were set out as follows:
However, only two teams made it to the grand finals: Team Liquid and Team Secret.
Grand finals match
The top Dota 2 team, Team Liquid, who were previous International 7 Champions, were absolutely destroyed in the grand finals of the DreamLeague Season 8. Team Secret were on fire during the day, defeating Team Liquid twice during the DreamLeague. The first time was in the top bracket, the second being when they squared up for the grand finals. For the third time, Team Secret was able to beat their new rivals Team Liquid, with the first time being at the recent matches at the ESL One Hamburg.
Team Secret played unbelievably well, crushing the seasoned players on Team Liquid again and again. Team Liquid was never able to get a break, being brought down on every play and attempt to change the flow. While Team Liquid was able to keep up in net worth, their kills and exp were too far behind Team Secret to keep ground.
Most have attributed Team Secret’s success to the hard carry player Marcus “Ace” Hoelgaard. The casters and analysts were constantly discussing his on-screen plays and highlights. The Danish player was displaying a whole new level of play here at DreamLeague, bringing a level of play that is usually only seen at the TI grand finals. The 23-year-old “Ace” has improved light years since his days with MYM, Cloud9 and The Danish Bears. This was also his first victory in a premier tournament.
Team Liquid may be in the top tier of the Dota 2 competitive esports scene, but Team Secret took them down a notch today, stripping them of their "undisputed best team in the world" title. However, this was only the second Major tournament of the season. There is still plenty of time for Team Liquid to make it into the Pro Circuit and take back their top status.
Team Secret claimed the US$500,000 prize pool and an additional 750 Pro Circuit qualifying points. This places them at the top of the leaderboard for the TI8. With this win under their belt, they are the team to beat at the moment, and if they carry this momentum forward, they could even take the championship this season.
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