DPL Season 6 Playoffs

DPL Season 6 is arguably the most important Dota 2 league in China. This league brings together the top 12 teams from the region and takes place over a period of one and a half months. At the moment, the competition is about to enter its Playoffs Stage. This stage is scheduled to take place towards the end of December.

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© DPL

Group Stage results

Dota2 Professional League Season 6 had a thrilling Group Stage consisting of 2 groups of 6 teams. The competitors from each group had to play a Bo2 match against every single one of their opponents. And the results were the following:

Group A

  • Vici Gaming: 5 W – 0 D – 0 L
  • EHOME: 4 W – 0 D – 1 L
  • iG Vitality: 1 W – 2 D – 2 L
  • CDEC Gaming: 1 W – 2 D – 2 L
  • Keen Gaming.Luminous: 1 W – 2 D – 2 L
  • Team Serenity: 0 W – 0 D – 5 L

Group B

  • PSG.LGD: 5 W – 0 D – 0 L
  • Invictus Gaming: 2 W – 2 D – 2 L
  • Newbee: 2 W – 1 D – 2 L
  • Team Aster: 2 W – 1 D – 2 L
  • Keen Gaming: 1 W – 2 D – 2 L
  • Taichi Gaming: 0 W – 0 D – 5 L

The top 3 teams from both groups advanced to the Playoffs. The winners of the two groups will play directly in the first round of Upper Bracket matches while the other 4 teams will play a preliminary match to determine who will advance to the Upper Bracket and who will go to the Lower Bracket.

Top contenders

Here’s a short analysis of the 2 teams that will most likely dominate the competition and advance to the Grand Final.

PSG.LGD

PSG.LGD is probably the strongest team in China at the moment and has been for the past 7 months or so. They were also one of the best competitors in the world during the previous season (2017-2018), finishing 3rd overall in the Dota Pro Circuit and 2nd at The International 2018.

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© PSG Esports

Just last season alone, PSG.LGD won 2 Majors and placed 2nd or 3rd at 4 other big events, including The International 2018. This season, things haven’t gone as well for PSG.LGD but still, the team achieved some decent results: 3rd – 4th place at PVP Esports Championship, 5th – 6th place at The Kuala Lumpur Major and 3rd place at MegaFon Winter Clash.

During the Group Stage of Dota2 Professional League Season 6, PSG.LGD had no real opposition in its group and easily finished in 1st place with 5 victories, no draws and no defeats. Practically, a perfect 10 – 0 score in terms of maps.

Going into the Playoffs Stage of the event, I expect PSG.LGD to play in the Grand Final and win. There’s only one team that could realistically challenge them: Vici Gaming.

Vici Gaming

Vici Gaming is the second strongest team in the Chinese region and its performance at the most recent events suggests that Paparazi and his squad are definitely at the top of their game. They haven’t won anything important in the last 6 months, but they’ve definitely had a lot of top results. Furthermore, they’re the Dota2 Professional League Season 5 champions.

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© ESL One

Vici Gaming finished the previous season in 6th place overall (Dota Pro Circuit) but had a fairly modest performance at The International 2018, where it only managed to get a 9th – 12th place. This season, VG started well, winning 2nd place at ESL One Hamburg 2018 and 7th – 8th place at The Kuala Lumpur Major.

During the Group Stage of Dota2 Professional League Season 6, Vici Gaming easily crushed all opposition in Group A and won the group with 10 points in total. In other words, a perfect score.

Going into the event’s Playoffs Stage, I expect nothing less than a Grand Final, probably against PSG.LGD.