DOTA Summit 7 looks set to thrill fans once again
The Dota 2 Summit 7 is all set to take place on June 14 through June 18 at the Summit House, in Los Angeles, and the line-up of talent on show looks awesome.
There have been some issues with establishing just which teams would be taking part, with Clutch Gamers, from the Philippines, and CDEC Gaming, from China, running into visa issues. These problems prevented them from participating in the event, sadly. But their places have been taken Digital Chaos and LDG Gaming, respectively, so spectators should not suffer much in terms of entertainment.
Eight teams will be battling for a total prize pool of $100,000, with $42,500 of that total set to reach the pockets of the winning team. Adding to the financial incentives on offer is another important prize: invitations to The International 7. The winner of this tournament, plus whoever wins the Galaxy Battles, which are taking place on the same days, is likely to receive an invitation to The International, giving the Summit 7 matches an extra edge.
Russian giants Virtus Pro will be looking to defend the title they won at last year’s Summit 6, where they beat OG in the final.
OG are not present at this year’s event, with a radically different line-up of teams competing in this year’s version of the event.
Virtus Pro’s strong line-up of Russian and Ukrainian heavyweights will be led by Alexei ‘Solo’ Berezin, with skilled support coming from the likes of Roman ‘RAMZES666’ Kushnarev and Pavel ‘9pasha’ Khvastunov.
European qualifiers Natus Vincere will also be looking to perform strongly, while Team Secret, with Clement ‘Puppey’ Ivanov leading them into battle again, will also provide a European challenge. Team Empire will be there too, with their strong roster of Russians and Ukrainians, featuring the likes of Vladimir ‘Chappie’ Kuzmenko.
The line-up is completed by VGJ, Digital Chaos, LGD Gaming and Team NP. All teams who possess the strength in depth to push the favourites close. The broadcast talent who will be calling the tournament is also packed with expertise, with the likes of David ‘LD’ Gorman and Lacoste (Dominik Stipic) on commentary and punditry duties.
All in all, we look set for a thrilling tournament, packed with players of skill and charisma. It should be a treat for both those fans lucky enough to have seats at the Summit House, and for the rest of us watching online.