DOTA Summit 11 is the first Dota Pro Circuit tournament of the 2019-20 season and takes place in Los Angeles from November 7th to November 10th, 2019. Eight Dota 2 teams will compete for a share of $300,000 and of 660 DPC points. The winner will qualify for the MDL Chengdu Major, taking place from November 16th to November 24th, 2019. It is the last chance to qualify to the Major.
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Dota Summit 11 schedule
The DOTA Summit 11 schedule is set and the group stage will take place from November 7th to November 9th. It will be played in two GSL groups of four teams where all matches are best-of-three matches. The top two teams advance to the playoff stage, the two bottom teams are eliminated.
All DOTA Summit 11 match start times are CET - GMT +1, PT -8, ET, -5.
Day 2, November 8
Group B losers' match (BO3)
- 2am CET - HellRaisers 2-1 Ad Finem
Group A winners match (BO3)
- 5pm CET - jfshfh178 vs Invictus Gaming
Group B winners match (BO3)
- 8pm CET - Chaos Esports Club vs Geek Fam
Group A decider match (BO3)
- 11pm CET - Ninjas in Pyjamas vs TBD
Day 3, November 9
Group B decider match (BO3)
- 2am CET - HellRaisers vs TBD
Day 1, November 7
Group A opening match (BO3)
- 5pm CET - Ninjas in Pyjamas 0-2 jfshfh178
- 5pm CET - Invictus Gaming 2-0 paiN Gaming
Group B opening match (BO3)
- 8pm CET - Chaos Esports Club 2-0 HellRaisers
- 8pm CET - Ad Finem 0-2 Geek Fam
Group A losers' match (BO3)
- 11pm CET - Ninjas in Pyjamas 2-0 paiN Gaming
The DOTA Summit 11 schedule for the playoff bracket will take place from November 9th to November 10th. It will be played in a two-double-elimination bracket format where all matches are best-of-three matches except the Grand Final who is a best-of-five match.
Day 1, November 9
Upper bracket round 1 (BO3)
- 6pm CET - TBD
- 9pm CET - TBD
Day 2, November 10
Upper bracket round 2 (BO3)
- 12am CET - TBD
Lower bracket round 1 (BO3)
- 3am CET - TBD
Lower bracket round 2 (BO3)
- 6pm CET - TBD
Grand Finals (BO5)
- 10pm CET - TBD
Meet the teams
Luckbox community member and Dota 2 expert Riley runs the rule over the eight teams at Dota Summit 11.
Ninjas in Pyjamas (EU)
With recent attendance on the hot crucible that is DreamLeague and ESL One Hamburg, Peter "ppd" Dager's boys has been tempered against higher-caliber teams, building a significant edge against most of these other teams stepping into the Minor.
The fact that NiP went unbeaten in the Minor qualifiers shows that the young squad is higher-degreed in promise than the other fresh-from-scratch teams thrown into the Minor, and now, after further sharpening following the 2 LANs, the Summit is the ideal time for NiP to release off their full steam.
Under the rock of experience that is ppd and Saahil "Universe" Arora, green guns Oliver "Skiter" Lepko and Nico "Gunnar" Lopez has shown increasingly consistent form in carrying the team, with Gunnar in particular, as the rookie star has finally found true Tier 1 veteran guidance (without the threat of getting kicked in a moment's notice) to fully flesh out the increasingly rare NA talent.
Past season has shown ppd leading his team to breeze through the Minor into the Major in more than one occasion, and with these conditions it should be under his comfort belt to kick off NiP's season in such manner again.
Ninjas in Pyjamas roster
Ad Finem (EU)
Seeing Ad Finem, being one the classic Cinderellas after their Boston Major run, back in their dream run lineup is heartwarming, but the journey back together was sure rough and cold. After a couple of years split apart across regions (as some of the boys have tested their luck in SEA past two seasons), the Greek boys have been silent mostly throughout the scene, with only Omar "Madara" Dabachach's name up amongst the talks after a brief but impressive stint standing-in for Alliance's miCKe.
The Minor qualifiers haven't been easy for them either, with them struggling against Team Singularity's brand new lineup in contest for the final slot into the Minor, before finally edging them out in a 3-2. Thus, all that is to be seen is whether they can recreate their magic back into this Minor or whether their finest hour is past.
Ad Finem roster
- Maybe Next Time
On paper, HellRaisers isn't a bad CIS stack, with the ever-reliable mix of rising pub talents like Alik "V-Tune" Vorobey and Alexander "Nix" Levin with experienced veterans such as Yaroslav "Miposhka" Naidenov and Ilya "ALOHADANCE" Korobkin, and their smooth lower bracket qualifier run shows. But then... ALOHADANCE.
Reports on the team surely shown the team is in less then ideal conditions, ending with the org benching ALOHADANCE for refusing to practice, yet whether the problem is simply ALOHADANCE himself or is rooted back into the team is unknown. The fact is, it's looking spicy for them back there at the moment, and now having to play with a stand-in and get DPC penalties, it's one hell of a time to be them.
This slot was originally held by Virtus.pro, who chose to forfeit their slot in favor of a slower approach in growing their rebuilt roster by skipping the DPC for the rest of the year.
In their place is another CIS pubstack, one whose team name casters will have a rather unpleasant time in addressing, comprised of Ukrainian and Belarusian pub players. Recognizable names include Nikita "Palantimos" Grinkevich and Yaroslav "Pikachu" Vasylenko, who is Bogdan "Iceberg" Vasylenko's younger brother.
Some of the players had significant time playing under the wings of staple teams like Vega Squadron and Gambit Esports, but as their Minor slot has been basically graced by VP's departure, it remains a question if they will step up their game compared to their cut-short qualifiers run.
Invictus Gaming (CN)
iG has been mostly left unnoticed during these lead-up moments, as with most Chinese teams that aren't PSG.LGD or VG, but these unnoticed Chinese teams are always to be cautious of. Although not part of any LAN event, iG, as with most Chinese teams, are always around the clock with various Regional Leagues common between the clubs, meaning they're constantly in competition with their peers, including the best ones.
Thus, although their qualifier has been anything but a smooth one, iG is a team that has been going through continuous improvement, and the fact that they just acquired staple CN leaderboard names like Jin "zhizhizhi/Flyfly" Zhiyi and Hu "Kaka" Liangzhi, who's also a TI runner up, means one should be careful not to cut short their road to victory just yet.
Invictus Gaming roster
Geek Fam (SEA)
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With iconic names like Marc "Raven" Fausto, Carlo "Kuku" Palad, and Kim "DuBu" Doo-young, bolstered with the ever-stable Eric "Ryoya" Dong in mid, Geek Fam seems like a scaled down version of Fnatic or TNC. Their mostly-smooth sail through the Minor qualifiers is also a positive note coming from this new enamored lineup.
However, past the Minor qualifiers, no particularly significant events have been attended by them, which makes their current shape coming into the Minor a bit ambiguous. The team clearly has sufficient prowess and experience to come up strong into the Minor, but if there's anything that's stalling them at it, there's that.
Geek Fam roster
Chaos Esports Club (NA)
The Chaos Esports Club (formerly known as Quincy Crew until two days before the start of DOTA Summit 11) lineup was definitely one of the hot topics of the post-TI9 shuffle with Sumail "SumaiL" Hassan joining his brother, but it wasn't a reign of triumph we'd expect from the King, as short-term results clearly show that the team simply wasn't effective with the Hassans away from the positions they've grew to be comfortable with.
Sure, the team made short work of the Minor qualifiers--something they should've never been a part of in the first place in before J.Storm swiped their Major slot--but following the qualifiers, ESL One Hamburg made it clear that the team won't go far.
At least now, after the ill-fated short stay of SumaiL, there is the silver lining that Yawar "YawaR" Hassan gets back to his comfort position, and Chaos Esports Club have recently loaned Jonáš "SabeRLight-" Volek from Team Singularity to fill in their offlane slot, so now that the roster cohesion is making more sense there should be more things to expect from them.
Chaos Esports Club
paiN Gaming (SA)
Being one of the better teams in the SA scene, paiN is always a mainstay SA representative in the DPC, but like for most of the teams from the scene, consistency always falls short, which is evident in their arduous qualifier run.
Albeit having a competent name like Rodrigo "Lelis" Santos on helm and the brilliant William "hFn" Medeiros, the team always seems to inevitably end up meandering the same trek it have did in past seasons, and with midlaner Adriano "4dr" Machado unable to attend and replaced Therence "Therence" Ferreira, they got more variables to work with in order to straighten things up.
paiN Gaming roster
DOTA Summit 11 broadcast talent
- GranDGranT (Grant Harris)
- SirActionSlacks (Jake Kanner)
- Black^ (Dominik Reitmeier)
- Capitalist (Austin Walsh)
- Blitz (William Lee)
- TrentPax (Trent MacKenzie)
- LD (David Gorman)
- GoDz (David Parker)
- Dakota (Dakota Cox)
- Weppas (Johan Westberg)
- Poptart (David Mejia)