The great Indian LAN season has finally kicked off, and this time, we have 3 major tournaments to keep up with: ESL India Premiership 2018, COBX: Masters, and ILG: Season 2. While we’ve had several great matches in all of them, sadly we could only keep up with the ESL India Premiership: 2018 matches, considering that the COBX: Masters wasn't streamed on Twitch/Youtube (Could only be watched in-game) and ILG: Season 2's matches were quite sporadic.
So here’s a short refresher on what is going on in the Indian Dota 2 scene heading into June 2018.
Indian teams have completely outperformed the foreign teams, Akatsuki and The Council in the ESL India Premiership occupying the Top 8 positions in the premiership. ROG TiTans have truly lived up to their name in the tournament so far by being simply scintillating and taking down Indian powerhouse Signify. Thought by many to be a struggling team coming in to ESL India Premiership after the departure of star mid – Jeet “Swifty” Kundra, ROG Titans has exploded out of the gate with a strong showing finishing atop the standings with a 11-0 record.
A big reason for their success has been Akshay “ZXC” Dhodi who has been phenomenal in the carry position. He was somewhat overlooked heading in to this edition of the ESL India Premiership. The presence of Jeet “Swifty” Kundra (Signify) and the ever impressive Balaji “BlizzarD” Ramnarayan diverted attention from the young carry. But since the beginning of the tournament, ZXC has shown he deserves to be in the conversation of “Best Carry in the premiership.”
Over the course of the ESL India Premiership 2018, ZXC has posted an impressive 20.22 KDA. Against BlizzarD, Ramzes had a flawless performance with a 9/0/17 KDA while BlizzarD could only muster a 5/5/5 KDA. If ROG TiTans continue to ride ZXC’s success, a win at the Summer Season Finale is guaranteed.
The mid-point is upon us in the first phase of the COBX Masters, so let's reflect and catch up on what has transpired thus far.
Almost all of the top tier teams have made it into the halfway point of Phase 1 of the COBX Masters. Except for Pede “Padling” Negi, and Pranav “Battusoi” Nalawade’s team: Rebellion Gaming who fell to Abhirav “Haunter” Chitnis’ Team_Trash.
Of these, we feel that: ROG TiTans, Signify, and Team WipeouT are the favorites to take the event. Teams like LXG Esports, Team Buriza, Reckoning Esports, Team VIBE and Reckoning Infinity also have a pretty good shot at taking down the favorites, but it is gonna be an uphill task considering the lineups.
With the online qualifiers coming to an end, we will see the best Indian teams competing in the LAN tournaments scheduled all across India for spots in the Main Event of the COBX Masters.
The ILG season 2 by LXG Esports has also kicked off and has successfully run several tournaments all across India. This initiative has helped grow Indian esports from the grassroots level and rewards several upcoming teams all over the country.
Currently, the Minors phase of this season is taking place in LAN cafes. The winners of all 150+ Minors will move on to the Grand Finale. Registrations for some of these Minors are still open.
You can find all the winners, registrations and more info about this season of ILG HERE.