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The DotA 2 Patch 7.06d has been released and the PGL Major Kraków 2017 Main Qualifiers spots were awarded to Tengri and Vega Squadron after they came out guns blazing to reach the grand finale of CIS Minor. Check out all details below!
Just moments after the grand finals of EPICENTER: Moscow 2017, Valve released Patch 7.06d. The latest gameplay patch has brought nerfs to some of the most powerful and spammed heroes of the competition.
As soon as EPICENTER: Moscow 2017 came to an end, the patch for the Ti7 qualifiers came to effect. It doesn’t come as a surprise to the majority of the DotA 2 community.
Some heroes received buffs from Valve, while some have been hit with the nerf hammer. But making the headlines is the cancer of the public and professional games for the past few weeks, Bristleback. He has been on the receiving end of that nerf hammer in 7.06d.
These nerfs have been applied to his strength gain along with the passive bonus to make sure that his impact in the early game won’t cause havoc.
Four weeks ago when 7.06 was deployed, Night Stalker received a buff and was given a new active ability (Hunter in the Night), which saw the hero making a strong comeback in the professional scene of DotA 2.
The support player of LGD. Forever Young, Tue “Ahfu” Soon Chuan, made some incredible plays on the hero in the group stages of the EPICENTER. His team made a great run in Moscow, which saw them going to the semifinals but losing to Team Liquid, who in the end became the champions of the tournament.
In the latest patch, several other heroes were also nerfed. One of the special ones to receive them is Clockwerk, whose Hookshot damage has been reduced from 100/200/300 to 75/175/275 and also the squishy support Crystal Maiden has been nerfed yet again.
She was downgraded to the second slowest hero in the game. Now, the Frostbite spell of the Crystal Maiden, which is her only disabling ability, had its mana cost increased from 115/125/140/150 to 140/145/150/155.
Over in the buffs sections, three forgotten core items have been upgraded:
Treant Protector, Gyrocopter, and Bounty Hunter have received some movement buffs with 5 points added to the starting stats of movement speed. Chen’s Hand of God Heal was increased from 200/300/400 to 225/325/425 and Lich’s Chain Frost bounce range got increased from 575 to 600.
There are plenty of other heroes (including Tiny, who can be played in the Siltbreaker campaign) who have been tinkered with by Valve in the 7.06d patch. Make sure you read through the patch notes before heading into the game.
Tengri and Vega Squadron claimed the Main Qualifiers spots after they came out guns blazing to reach the grand finale of CIS Minor.
To secure spots for the PGL Major Krakow, eight CIS teams competed in the CIS Minor. The $50,000 competition, which also granted two spots for the main qualifiers, started off with the action from Group A.
After some great matches in the group, Vega Squadron and Spirit Academy were the teams to clash in the winner’s match. Vega came out on top from the group, while Tengri made a comeback by defeating Spirit Academy and Nemiga just to keep their hopes alive for the PGL Major Kraków.
After Tengri managed to secure a slot for the semifinals, the spotlight was directed to Group B which had some exciting matchups. The opening matches of the group were too close to call but pro100 and Quantum Bellator Fire managed to beat Spartak and Spirit.
QBF secured a slot in the semifinals after defeating pro100 with a score of 16-14, but that didn’t stop pro from competing in the playoffs, as they demolished Spartak in their last game of the group stages.
Both teams from Group A made it to the upper bracket finals after beating their opponents quite easily. Tengri took redemption of the defeat in the group stages with a 2-1 win.
This result ensured that the Kazakh-Kyrgyz mix was the first team to secure a spot for the Main qualifiers.
The action for the second spot was spectacular. After beating QBF 2-0 in the lower bracket, pro100 was up against Vega Squadron to fight for the last remaining spot.
The series was an even one but Vega Squadron won the second spot in the tournament. With this victory, Vega Squadron secured their second back-to-back Main Qualifier appearance.
So the CIS Minor comes to an end, and now it is time for the Americas and Europe Minors to fill the remaining spots through the offline qualifiers.
The teams competing for the spot are:
The Major Main Qualifier spots were, of course, the biggest prize at the CIS Minor but there was also $50,000 up for prize money. Vega Squadron and Tengri played to win the whole event and Tengri applied the same tariff on Vega, beating them 2-1 to receive $30,000. Vega Squadron also got a healthy prize amount of $15,000, and finally, pro100 received $5,000 as the third placed team.
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