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Dota Summit 7 Preview and Betting Odds

12 June 2017 15:57

Eight of the world’s best Dota 2 teams are almost ready to go head-to-head at the Summit 7, Los Angeles, vying for first place and a $42,500 winning share of the $100,000 prize pool over a five-day period.


Four teams come into this tournament having progressed through a gruelling qualification process, one apiece from the South-East Asia, China, Europe and America regions. Eight teams from these four respective regions were split into two groups, with each group playing best-of-three matches.

The top two teams from each group advanced to the double-elimination play-offs, and the top team from each regional play-off advanced through to these Summit 7 finals. Along with these four qualifying teams, three teams received direct invitations and one team prevailed through the LootBet Invitational.

The Format

The tournament is held from 14th June to 18th June, and Phase One sees eight teams split into two groups. The top two teams from each group advance to Phase Two, with the bottom two teams automatically eliminated. Phase Two sees four teams compete in a best-of-three double-elimination bracket, with the winners taking home the biggest portion of the prize pool ahead of The International 7 in August.

The Teams

Two teams who originally qualified for Summit 7 – Philippines’ Clutch Games and CDEC Gaming of China – had to withdraw after visa issues with their players. The eight teams competing in America are below, including those teams’ replacements, and their odds of winning the tournament outright courtesy of Bet365.

  • – Direct Invite – 7/4
  • Team VGJ – Direct Invite – 25/1
  • Team Secret – Direct Invite – 7/2
  • Digital Chaos – South-East Asia Qualifier, replaced Clutch Gamers – 8/1
  • LGD Gaming – Chinese Qualifier, replaced CDEC Gaming – 5/4
  • Natus Vincere – European Qualifier – 20/1
  • Team NP – American Qualifier – 5/1
  • Team Empire - LootBet Invitational – 18/1

Who To Look Out For

A team from Europe and CIS is currently 8/15 with Bet365 to emerge victorious, whilst the Chinese region is 10/3 to take home the prize pool, and a North American representative can be found at 4/1.

Although it is unclear who will clinch the title this time around, defending holders have vital previous experience having swept all before them towards the back end of last year, culminating in that 3-0 victory over OG in the grand final. Their Summit 6 triumph rightly makes the Russian-based side one of the teams to look out for this time around.  Directed by Anton “Sneg1” Cherepennikov and managed by Andrey “Kimi” Kvasnevskiy, their team for Summit 7 consists of Roman “RAMEZES666” Kushnarev, Vladimir “No[o]ne” Minenko, Pavel “9pasha” Khvastunov, Ilya “Lil” Ilyuk and captain Alexei “Solo” Berezin.

Another team to watch is Team Secret, who won The Shanghai Major 2016 with a 3-1 grand final victory over Team Liquid. Despite a disappointing seventh-place finish in the recent Manila Masters 2017, the European outfit are 6/4 on with Bet365 to reach the Summit 7 grand final. Captained by 27-year-old Estonian Clement “Puppey” Ivanov, they’ll be wanting to repeat their heroics from May 2015, where they beat Evil Geniuses 3-1 to go all the way in Summit. Pyo “MP” No-a, Zheng “MidOne” Yeik Nai, Maurice “KheZU” Gutmann and Yazied “YapzOr” Jaradat” make up the rest of their impressive Dota team.

Dota Summit 1-6

There have been six previous Summits, and the winners and grand final scores were:

  • Dota Summit 1 – Evil Geniuses 3-2 Team DK – June 2014
  • Dota Summit 2 – Vici Gaming 3-1 Cloud9 – December 2014
  • Dota Summit 3 – Team Secret 3-1 Evil Geniuses – May 2015
  • Dota Summit 4 – Evil Genuises 3-2 – December 2015
  • Dota Summit 5 – Wings Gaming 3-1 OG – July 2016
  • Dota Summit 6 – 3-0 OG – November 2016

The Prize Pool

The Prize Pool for Summit 7 is shown below.

  • 1st place - $42,500
  • 2nd place - $22,500
  • 3rd place - $13,000
  • 4th place - $10,000
  • 5th place - $3,500
  • 6th place - $3,500
  • 7th place - $2,500
  • 8th place - $2,500

Six teams could win their maiden Dota 2 Summit titles in Los Angeles, whilst two teams could win their second title in seven attempts. Regardless of who comes out on top, the eight teams will have everything to play for in what is bound to be an action-packed five-day period.

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Updated on: 2017-08-18

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