ROG Masters 2017: A Survival Guide

Vignesh Raghuram

6th, Dec, 2017
The ROG Masters 2017 is finally drawing to a close. The finals have kicked off today at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center in Malaysia, with six teams competing for a cut of the $235,000 prize pool.
The best performing teams of the APAC, Americas, EMEA and China regions; WG.Unity, Execration, Optic Gaming, Team Empire, PENTA Esports and Team MAX will be taking part in one of the largest LAN events in the SEA region.
General Information
The six teams competing will be split up into two groups, with the best performing team from each group advancing to the Semifinals. While the 2nd and 3rd place team will move down to the quarterfinals.

The Playoffs will take place in a Single Elimination – Knockout format.

All games played in the group stage will be best-of-two matches, then moving into the semifinals, games will be best-of-three series. The grand finals will be a best-of-five series, where the winner will be crowned the RoG Masters 2017 champion.
Here is what the two groups look like:

Group Stages:
Match Date Time in IST Time in CET Time in SGT
WG.Unity vs PENTA Esports 07.12.2017 07:30 AM 03:00 AM 10:00 AM
Execration vs Team MAX 07.12.2017 07.30 AM 03:00 AM 10:00 AM
Optic Gaming vs WG.Unity 07.12.2017 09:30 AM 05:00 AM 12:00 PM
Team MAX vs Team Empire 07.12.2017 09:30 AM 05:00 AM 12:00 PM
Optic Gaming vs PENTA Esports 07.12.2017 11:30 AM 07:00 AM 02:00 PM
Execration vs Team Empire 07.12.2017 11:30 AM 07:00 AM 02:00 PM
Quarter Finals: 8th December 2017
Semi Finals: 9th December 2017
Grand Finals: 10th December 2017
The Teams
PENTA Sports:
The rising German teams has been putting in some solid performances in the European Qualifiers of the Majors/Minors, consistently finishing in the top 3 positions. Quite an impressive achievement considering that EU has been perceived to be the strongest region currently with teams like Team Secret, Team Liquid and OG in the fray.
This will be their biggest stage to shine and announce themselves as a force to be reckoned with.

Team MAX:
Team MAX qualified for the Grand Finals, quite frankly, by a stroke of luck. Team CDEC who won the ROG Masters 2017: China Qualifiers underwent way too many roster changes which left just 1 player on the original roster thereby getting disqualified from the main event.
But this team packs quite a punch, opponents should be wary of Lai "Fonte"' Xingyu’s Spectre which has carried the team through several tournaments.

Optic Gaming
Arguably the strongest team participating in this tournament, after their scintillating performances in the NA region will be disappointed with anything but 1st place. If they bring their A-Game to Kula Lumpur, Malaysia it is hard to see them losing any game till the playoffs.
Even then, it will take something special to knockout this team.

Team Empire
Team Empire after failing at Adrenaline Cyber League and World Cyber Arena 2017 Europe Finals will want to prove that they are still one of the premier teams in the World of Dota. This line up is sick with so much talent and experience.

They are one of the most exciting teams to watch in this event. Can they deliver on the big stage?

Execration have been slowly but surely declining since TI7, going from being one of the best team in the SEA region to being a good top 4 team, that could on a good day win a regional qualifier, to barely being a top 6 team in the SEA Regiona, as they seemed to not be able to adapt to the likes of Fnatic, TNC Pro Team and Mineski.
They need to step it up in this event or risk becoming obscure.

WG.Unity has been on fire lately. Using their victory at the ROG Masters 2017: APAC Finals as fuel they have become one of the best teams around the SEA scene. Their meteoric rise in performances has been a result of two major things: Feras "Feero" Hroob’s breakthrough as a god-tier Midlaner, perhaps the best in the SEA servers bar Abed, and the pick up of Mohammad "AfrOmoush" Abu Al Eis.
The two Jordanians have pushed the team to a new level and on their day, can single-handedly destroy the playing field.

Broadcast Info:
The games will be broadcast at
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