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Top six Dota 2 teams emerge from Stockholm

The DreamLeague Season 11 Dota 2 Major is rapidly approaching its end. As only three days remain, the final six teams are already clear.

With most of the tournament already behind us, today is a game-free day as the players take some time to rest and prepare for the remainder of the event. The six remaining teams are – PSG.LGD, Vici Gaming, Keen Gaming, Fnatic, Team Secret and Virtus.pro. Three of the four teams in the upper bracket are from the China region, while Chongqing Major winners Team Secret and the Russian bears await their next opponents. Teams in the upper bracket had quite the break as the last series they played was on March 17.

In the last few days, we saw Mineski, Infamous, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Chaos Esports Club, J.Storm and Evil Geniuses get eliminated. The latter was a rather peculiar case as DreamHack revealed that Virtus.pro players walked by the EG lineup during the drafting stage. Here’s the official statement:

“We’d like to briefly shed some light on the situation today in which DreamHack standards of tournament administration were not upheld and we take responsibility for this. For the sake of transparency and integrity of the competition we’d like to share the situation. This occurred today in the EG vs VP series.

During the draft of Game 2 a VP player took off his headset and asked an admin about going to the bathroom. After the draft finished, before the game start, the admin allowed the player to do so. This was a decision our admin took on the judgment that the EG team couldn't be heard on the VP player’s walking path as the admin walked with the player. While this is not outright a violation of our rules, it is inappropriate and can be distracting for players so we will make sure this sort of situation does not arise in the future. Our rules will be updated to better address different playing circumstances and setups. 

Before the Game 3 draft began, a time for the start of the draft was communicated to both the teams. The draft began on the scheduled time while three VP players were still outside for a break. In this case the players entered and walked by the EG team who were already drafting, the DreamHack administration team were at fault here in that we did not properly confirm all players had returned before the draft began.

In both cases we are confident the integrity of the tournament and matches were upheld and unaffected, and neither team were directly advantaged or disadvantaged by information being provided, nonetheless this was not up to par, and we apologize to the teams impacted.”

It's a commendable move on the side of DreamHack as this would’ve probably gone unnoticed, but they still decided to address it in the name of transparency. Virtus.pro ultimately took the series with a 2-1 victory and we can only assume it had nothing to do with the described events.

The Stockholm Major will resume tomorrow with the two series from the upper bracket. PSG.LGD will face Vici Gaming, while Keen Gaming will go against Fnatic. The losers will drop down to the lower bracket where they’ll go versus Team Secret and Virtus.pro respectively. Secret were one of the favorites to take the first spot in Sweden, but their unexpected loss to Vici Gaming in Round 1 shattered some of that hope.

Nevertheless, the European team still remains a major threat as they’ve been making their way through the lower bracket with flawless victories. Maybe it was just a master plan by Clement “Puppey” Ivanov so his team gets to play more matches instead of waiting for five days. Who do you think has the best chance of claiming the trophy?

Image credit: DreamLeague.