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Newbee lifts the Galaxy Battles Championship title and claims the TI7 invite. They secured the final 3-0 against the broken side of Planet Odd.
The final series was a treat to watch as it was played out between the two expected contenders and the best teams of the competition.
This victory in Galaxy Battles for Newbee comes after winning the Zotac Cup Championship title at the start of the month and having secured podium finishes in the past three premier events of DotA 2.
While their opponent, Planet Odd, has been struggling recently with two disappointing finishes – 9-16th at Kiev Major and then 7-8th at EPICENTER 2017. The failure to secure a direct invite to the TI7 can be attributed to the recent poor performances of the side in the LAN events.
Apart from the title, a lot was on the line for both sides as the final was taking place just hours before TI7 invites would be issued. Newbee showed their superiority with on point decision making and perfect draft execution throughout their run in the tournament. The Chinese side exhibited why they deserved the invite to TI7 with exceptional diversity in their draft and keeping a step ahead of their opponents always.
In a quick three-game sweep, perennial Chinese juggernauts Newbee defeated the multinational Planet Odd on Sunday to win Galaxy Battles in Shenzhen, China, winning $150,000 and reaffirming their reputation as one of China’s top DotA 2 teams.
The three games of the Grand Finals were an exhibition of the dominance by the Chinese side. Although in the initial stages of the games, Planet Odd was toe to toe with Newbee in both net worth and kills, they fell off the charts after losing important team fights in the mid-game. This mid game victory is because Newbee out-drafted Planet Odd with strong tank picks in each of the three games that scaled well from mid to late game. Missed skill shots and whiffed combos plagued Planet Odd throughout the series, and the team ultimately couldn’t keep up with Newbee’s near-frictionless coordination.
Some credit can be given to Planet Odd as it is the team’s first top three finish in their dark times, which can be the much-needed ingredient for a successful TI7 qualifiers campaign. Ever since the side left the old organization, Digital Chaos, the team has been struggling to find titles. Although this weekend yet again left them titleless, it can be a sign of better things to come for the team.
For now, the one and only objective of Planet Odd is securing the North American qualifier spot for the TI7, which is set to start in a matter of days. With no Wild Card entries this time around, the team will require more than just luck to beat their regional rivals, Digital Chaos and Team NP, as both sides showed great performances over the weekend at the Summit 7.
Newbee, after winning the Galaxy Battles, will be returning to TI with Liquid, who quite recently won the EPICENTER. The king of Majors, OG are heading to TI as one of the best teams in the world. The Summit 7 winners, Virtus.Pro, will be looking to make a mark for themselves. Lastly, Evil Geniuses is one of the most respected DotA 2 organizations in North America. The same goes for Invictus Gaming, who will be joining the mix.
All the participating teams for the for offline PGL Major Kraków 2017 are announced, following the completion of the European Minor Championship.
After the European Minor Championship concluded last week, it was a matter of time that a list of the teams was to be revealed that decided the final participants of the offline qualifier for the upcoming PGL Major Kraków 2017. With $50,000 and with three offline qualifier spots on the line, the four days of the competition provided excellent pro gaming.
BIG came out as the dark horse, after defeating the likes of French Team EnVyUs, against all odds in the lower bracket final. Their next opponent was Team Dignitas who dropped from the upper bracket after being demolished by PENTA Sports. Although they lost 0-2, they did enough to secure the offline qualifier spot with a third place finish. In the Grand Final, PENTA Sports was beaten comprehensively by the German team BIG with a score of 0-2, securing a place in the offline qualifier, as well as $30,000.
The offline qualifier for the Major will be taking place at the PGL Studios in Bucharest, Romania. The sixteen teams will visit Romania from June 29th to July 2nd to contest for eight spots at the LAN finals of the PGL Major. The eight teams to come out on top will join the last Major’s top eight contestants to battle it out for $1,000,000 and the coveted Major Champions’ title.
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