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OGA Dota PIT S5: China Begins

By Jack VioletAugust 6, 2021
OGA Dota PIT is back with some high-caliber Chinese Dota. The tournament features a variety of teams including some who have qualified to TI10 such as PSG.LGD and Invictus Gaming to some who were just shy of qualifying like Royal Never Give Up and Sparking Arrow Gaming.
The tournament holds a $150,000 prize pool, with the winner taking home $62,500. Aside from i-League Season 2, this will be one of the last Chinese tournaments until TI10. The tournament’s group stage will run from August 7 to August 10. The group stage consists of two teams of four. The top team will advance to round two of the upper bracket, second and third place will advance to the first round of the upper bracket, and the last place team will be eliminated. The playoff portion of the event will be a typical double-elimination bracket, taking place from August 11 to August 16.
The groups are as follows:

Group A

  • Invictus Gaming
  • Team Aster
  • Royal Never Give Up
  • Sparking Arrow Gaming

Group B

  • PSG.LGD
  • Vici Gaming
  • Elephant
  • Aster.Aries
Though these teams may not take it as seriously as the DPC, both groups look to be incredibly competitive. Looking at Group A, Team Aster has been known to dominate against other Chinese teams and look very strong despite their international performances. Singapore Major winner Invictus Gaming hasn’t looked as explosive since they earned their Major title but haven’t really needed to since their early qualification to TI. RNG and SAG look to be a step below Aster and IG but certainly have the potential to steal a series and keep their tournament dreams alive. One of those two look to be at the bottom of the group.
Shifting over to Group B, PSG.LGD and VG look to take first in the group. Elephant has struggled against these two over the past year and were denied a spot at both Majors by them. PSG.LGD dominated the AniMajor and looked far above their competition as they claimed first place. VG is also incredibly competitive and placed fourth at the same event. Aster.Aries is the clear odd one out of the group as the other three teams have all qualified to TI10. They’ve got their work cut out for them if they plan on making it out of the group. With each team only playing three series in the group, every series holds a lot of weight and shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Tune in to the beginning of the group stage starting at 3:00 AM EST / 9:00 AM CET on August 7 between Elephant and Aster.Aries!
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