Freshly shuffled CIS teams make strong start at OGA Dota PIT
By Matt DixonSeptember 23, 2020
OGA Dota Pit Season 3's main event kicked off today, September 23, and we’re already getting deep into the action. This tournament features only eight teams but the big names are certainly among them; Team Secret, OGand Nigmaare all competing amongst others. The CIS region is represented by just VP.Prodigy and the ex-FlyToMoon roster, which was just signed by Natus Vincere, but both teams are making a splash already.
The first series of the tournament was Nigma vs. Navi. Navi’s roster has undergone a lot of changes in the past few days; they were previously playing under the FlyToMoon banner before being signed by Navi just one day ago. Before that, they changed out two players, taking on Alik “V-Tune” Vorobey as their carry player and Vladimir “RodjER” Nikogosyan as their position four. As well as Navi getting used to their new roster and sponsor the odds were against Navi; Betway put the odds in Nigma’s favor at 1.45 to 2.55.
Despite that, Navi stomped the series 2-0, both games were done in less than 35 minutes each. Navi’s carry player V-Tune was the star of the show here, finishing off the series with a combined KDA of 20-0-36. The new roster looks extremely promising, even fending off Amer "Miracle-" Al-Barkawi’s Arc Warden with ease. Navi get their real challenge tomorrow, when they face up against Team Secret, the unstoppable champions of the EU region.
Next up was VP.Prodigy who drew the short straw and played their first match of the tournament against Team Secret. As you might have guessed, Secret won the series 2-1 but VP.Prodigy did not go down without a fight. They took game one quite convincingly, and game two looked like it could go VP.Prodigy’s way as their new mid player Danil “gpk” Skutin farmed hard on his Templar Assassin in the early game – but they were ultimately rolled over by Team Secret before GPK got a chance to use his farm. VP.Prodigy held out a little longer in game three, but were unable to slow down Lasse “Matumbaman” Urpalainen’s Sven who racked up a terrifying 729 GPM.
Taking a single game from Team Secret is quite the accomplishment for a newly shuffled team; Secret have lost just six matches in the last three months. Maybe now is the time for VP.Prodigy to start showing they’re a serious competitor, as Virtus Pro has just put it’s main roster onto a hiatus for some time. It looks like Virtus Pro are planning big changes for their main squad, could that include promoting their sub team? Keep and eye on our articles page, as we’ll be sure to keep you posted.
OGA Dota Pit will be resuming over the coming days; you can keep up with all the games using our event hub. Check out the OG vs. Alliance game later to see how OG’s stand-in Titouan “Sockshka” Merloz performs – what role do you think he’ll be playing?