With new and revamped rosters, superstar players that come from other regions and a lot of interesting banter from analysts, coaches and players alike, the Dew Arena 2.0 is set to be one of the most anticipated events of the season.
On the 1st of October, these teams will face off in one of the biggest events in Indian Esports at the Andaz, Aerocity, Delhi. With an INR 20,00,000 prize pool on the line, they will be gunning for that top prize and the prestigious Dew Arena Trophy.
The qualifiers for the tournament have concluded and four teams from each game have moved on to the Main Event. Here’s a complete rundown of everything you need to know regarding Dew Arena 2.0
All 8 teams are all very familiar faces. They have battled their way through 8 different qualifiers to book their ticket to prove themselves in Delhi. Let us take a closer look at the contenders and their chances at the title.
White Shadow has, perhaps, one of the most cohesive lineups in the Indian Dota 2 scene. The synergy and coordination between all five players is quite amazing. They are a single unit, which is shown through their incredible team fight executions, and crafty yet hard to execute spell combos, both of which they might truly be the best at. In fact, most teams that try to teamfight them directly have a tough time.
However, this has also become one of their main weaknesses. Too often, they try to force teamfights even when farming/splitpushing might be a better option. If they learn to pick and choose their fights, it would take a colossal effort to stop them on their tracks.
One should expect nothing but aggression from this team that came so close to defeating Signify with their trademark in your face Dota in the Grand Finals of the ASUS ROG Masters South Asian Finals and that shouldn’t really be affected by recent patches. Even if Aggressive 5 don't bring their A-game into this tournament, their pure mechanical skill, as well as masterful strategies from their captain PasoL, should be enough to make them a tough cookie to crack.
Aggressive 5 are a strong team, but they aren’t invincible. Even the most unpredictable team can be studied and dealt with in one way or another. Dota’s competitive history has taught us that. While they are the favourites to take this tournament, they would do well to not let that get to their head and get over confident.
Optic Myst Gaming
We wouldn’t blame you if you didn’t know of Optic Myst Gaming before the Dew Arena Qualifiers, very few did. Now, after their blistering run, they are perceived to be a force to reckon with.
There’s a certain challenge in writing about Optic Myst Gaming's strategies because, in many ways, the team is not especially distinctive. Their strength lies in playing strong and stable Dota, which doesn’t lend itself to hyperbolic descriptions. They perfectly play out every part of the game the exact way they want to. This is the team’s core strength. This team, although underdogs, shouldn’t be underestimated, for they have shown that they are capable of incredible upsets against the best of teams.
If they can put in strong showings against teams like Aggressive 5 their steady rise might just continue all the way to the Fall Season Finale and more; but, should they prove to be unable to take this last step, Buriza could just fizzle out, with their potential remaining unfulfilled.
The team will do well to make good use of the Dew Arena 2.0 as an opportunity to stabilize their play in the run-up to the ESL India – Fall Season finale where they will go up against the big guns, NASR esports.
Historically, Brutality has not done particularly well against either Entity Gaming nor Eternal Esports. They may take a map but they simply get manhandled by their betters. The match against Eternal Esports should prove to be eventful due to their storied rivalry. This tournament will be the watershed moment for the veterans. Can they escape their shell of mediocrity and ascend into glory once again?
A few flashes of insane brilliance have made Eternal Esports one of the team to watch as they walk into yet another Indian LAN. Coming into Dew Arena 2.0, Eternal Esports are perceived to be a little weakened as star player Antidote has left the team due to family commitments. Now Eternal Esports will have yet another chance to beat Entity Gaming and establish themselves as the top dogs of the Indian Dota 2 scene.
Their performances in the ESL India Premiership have shown us that they will not lose easily, they will not give up because they are behind in rounds; they will keep fighting, and fighting, and fighting. It should be very interesting to see them fare up against these teams in a LAN setting.
With the diverse setup for this year's tournament, plus the fact that the entire tournament will be based on a best-of-3 single elimination format, Dew Arena 2.0 is sure to be an epic tournament. Will the seasoned veterans make it to the top? Don’t miss out and remember to support the teams by turning up to the LAN event.
The AFK Gaming crew will be attending the event as well so be sure to come say hi!