Invictus Gaming become the champions of Major All Stars Dota 2 tournament, after dominating Team Empire in the finals, 2:0. The Chinese take home approximately $47,000 in prize money.
Team Empire was unable to stop Yinqi “Xi” Luo’s Axe from snowballing, so the first game was a complete domination by former TI champions Invictus Gaming (IG), with a final score of 27-2, in less than 40 minutes. The Russians had a great start in the second game, dominating with their aggressive trilane and phenomenal early game. However, it wasn’t enough for Team Empire to secure the victory over IG’s stellar team play. The grand finals were supposed to be carried out as a Bo5 series, but ended up being forced into a Bo3 series, in the eleventh hour, due to time constraints. Invictus Gaming versus Team Empire final score: 2-0.
As previously reported, the Major All Stars tournament began with a rough start. On the first day, significant game delays due to technical and network issues forced the majority of the 9 hours’ worth of gaming scheduled to be postponed for the following day. Day one was nothing short of a disaster and left players and fans wondering what to expect the second day.
With a Mineski Events team stepping in on the second day, things drastically improved with little to none technical and networking issues impacting the games. The improved conditions did little to help the SEA teams advance into the third day of the competition. Cant Say Wips, Team Redemption, Team Invasion and Rave all fell to the Lower Brackets during Round 1, with Rave taking the only win between all teams of the region. Forced to play versus each other, Team Invasion and Team Redemption both fell 2-0 to NiP and Na’Vi, respectively. With all of the SEA teams being eliminated, Invictus Gaming and Team Empire advanced to the Upper Bracket finals, while NiP and Na’Vi fell into the Lower Brackets.
In the third and final day, NiP bested Na’Vi, 2:1, to move forward and face Team Empire who had fallen to IG in the Upper Brackets, 2:1. It seemed the favorites for the series were IG versus Team Empire, as voiced by Dota 2 commentator David “GODz” Parker:
— David GoDz Parker (@BTSGoDz) March 22, 2015
Team Empire took the series over NiP, and grasped the second chance to try to claim victory and revenge, as they faced IG again in the grand finals. In the aftermath of the first day’s chaos, the grand finals, which were expected to be a Bo5 series, were forced into a Bo3 series due to time constraints. Dota 2 commentator Andrew “Zyori” Campbell tweeted:
@LittleGodess calm down now, still dealing with the scheduling bottleneck from day 1.. venue MUST close by midnight. no real choice here
— Andrew Campbell (@ZyoriTV) March 22, 2015
The Major All Stars main event took place between March 20-22, in double elimination format. The eight teams featured four invited teams (Rave, Team Invasion, Na’Vi and Invictus Gaming) and four qualified teams (Ninjas in Pyjamas, Team Empire, Team Redemption and Can’t Say Wips). The LAN finals were the biggest Dota 2 event in South East Asia so far, with an estimated prize pool of $100,000.