At the crucial stretch of the Dota Pro Circuit, all teams are locked on to one goal – qualify and make the most out of the remaining Dota Majors.
But the next DPC event is all about something else as lower ranked teams look to shine out at the Starladder Imba TV Invitational Minor Season 5 that begins April 12-15 in Kiev, Russia.
8 teams from across the globe will duke it out for the $300,000 prize pool and the significant 300 DPC points to be given out.
A treat for CIS Dota
Dota fans from the CIS region have more reason to be excited as they get another chance to see local darlings Natus Vincere and Vega Squadron. Of the two, Na’vi is in the more serious contention for the DPC race as they currently sit 10th at the DPC ladders. Any DPC points acquirable would help them climb their way back to the tightly contested top 8.
Chinese Dota looking to bounce back
Their impressive final appearances on The Bucharest Major and GESC Indonesia Minor have helped VGJ.Thunder rack up a decent amount of points. However they found themselves stumbling after their unlikely showing at the recently Dota 2 Asia Championships as they slide down to the 7th spot.
The Jeremy Lin backed squad is also the highest ranked team heading in the Minor and by the looks of it, they are badly aiming for the title in Kiev.
Looking to make a mark
On paper, a handful of participants may look less relevant to general fans, but Polish pride Kinguin and newly formed CIS team FlytoMoon looks to make a mark through SLTV’s Minor. This will be FlytoMoon’s first DPC LAN, the other being the EPICENTER XL Major after making it to the top of the Madness qualifier.
Peter “ppd” Dager’s Optic Gaming who are in dire need to get things going with the current situation of the North American Dota Scene. They’re about to miss at least three out of the six remaining DPC LANs so they have to roll up their sleeves if they want to contest Evil Geniuses and raise their ranks in the DPC race.
The same thing goes for SG-esports as they take another bid on a DPC LAN. The team never looked the same after their impressive run at the Kiev Major last year where they managed to upset Team Secret. They are looking to prove that South American Dota is just as competitive as any other regions.
Fnatic, despite missing the DAC 2018 looks to bounce back after losing the DreamLeague season 9 finals against Team Secret. With less rival teams, and a quite revamped lineup with coach Adam Shah standing in for Johan “pieliedie” Åström, they are ought to be one of the tournament favorites in SLTV.
Who do you think would win the Starladder Imba TV Invitational Minor Season 5 title?