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Last week, OpTic Gaming became the champions of the DotA 2 StarLadder ImbaTV Invitational Season 5 in Kiev. In the grand finale, the American team defeated the Chinese side, VGJ.Thunder, with a 3-1 score.
The event had eight teams with two direct invite teams and six qualifier teams. The directly invited teams at this year’s competition were NatusVincere and VGJ.Thunder (who replaced Newbee).
From the six invited teams, Team Kinguin represented Europe, while FlyToMoon represented the CIS region. OpTic Gaming was the North American representative, SG Esports was the South American representative, Vega Squadron replaced LGD Gaming as China representative, and lastly, Fnatic was the Southeast Asian representative.
The format of the tournament began with the group phase where eight teams were split over two groups, A and B. In the group stages, OpTic Gaming topped Group A above runners-up, VGJ.Thunder. Vega Squadron topped Group B with Fnatic in second. The Champion and runner-up of each group qualified for the playoffs and directly competed in the semifinals.
The first match of the semifinals was between Vega Squadron and VGJ.Thunder. This battle of the Chinese teams was won by VGJ.Thunder with a score of 2-0 in best-of-three action. The second game of the semis had Optic Gaming against Fnatic. In the BO3 matchup, OpTic Gaming managed to finish Fnatic with a score of 2-1. Then, OpTic Gaming faced VGJ.Thunder in the grand final round of SLI Invitational Season 5.
Although the first clash of the best of five (BO5) was in favor of VGJ.Thunder, the Chinese side came through in the first game after 61 minutes of action. However, OpTic accelerated the pace and turned the odds in their favor. The NA representatives won the next three matches, showing real dominance.
The tournament’s MVP was undoubtedly Neta “33” Shapira, who played the role of an offlaner for OpTic Gaming. The Sand King he played was an interesting sight to see. He regularly landed great stuns with his Burrowstrike. Moreover, in the final, he became a major annoyance for VGJ.Thunder with a rather unusual build on the hero.
Optic lifted the trophy in Kiev, Ukraine, as the champions of StarLadderImbaTV Invitational Season 5. The team’s decision to move 33 to an offlane position and putting Ludwig “zai” Wåhlberg in the support position has shown great results. The rewards are quite evident in the form of 450 points of Pro Circuit and a cash prize of $135,000.
The performance of OpTic Gaming has increased steadily during the DOTA 2 Pro Circuit season, even when they didn’t win anything. The results of this tournament put them in the 14th position on the DotA 2 Pro Circuit standings board. Their victory at StarLadder is a big step in the right direction for a direct invitation to TI8.
StarLadderImbaTV Invitational Season 5 was held from 12 to 15 April in Kiev. Eight participants played for $300,000 and 300 DPC points.
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