The Summit 9 - Survival Guide

Vignesh Raghuram

25th, Jul, 2018

Image Courtesy: BTS



The Summit 9 is the last stop for some of the International 8 teams before TI8 itself. Over the tournament’s 5 days, the BTS house in the suburbs of LA will be packed with players from all over the world starting on the 25th of July.


This one isn’t for any of the Pro Circuit’s Qualify Points — that’s long in the past now, especially with International qualifiers behind us — but players are still down to for their share of $100,000 USD.

With the intensity of the competition that this tournament packs, thanks to TI8 being right around the corner, alongside the classic Summit stream couch casting and aptitude for memes, we present a look at the teams and what they bring to the tournament.

 


 

The Format
 

Group Stages:

  • A single group with a BO2 Round Robin
  • Top two teams advance to the Upper Bracket of Playoffs.

  • Bottom four teams advance to the Lower Bracket of Playoffs.

 

Playoffs:

 
  • The playoffs will be played in a double elimination bracket

  • All matches are BO3s, except for the Grand Finals which will be a BO5

 

 

The Teams:
 
  • Evil Geniuses (North America, Direct Invite)

  • Fnatic (Southeast Asia, Direct Invite)

  • OpTic Gaming (North America, Direct Invite)

  • paiN Gaming (South America, Direct Invite)

  • Let’s Do It (Europe, [BTS Summer Cup])

  • VGJ.Storm (North America, Direct Invite)

 

 

Broadcast and Schedule Info:
 

The games will be broadcast on the Official Beyond the Summit Channel.

 

25th July 2018

 

Matches

Time in SGT

Time in IST

Fnatic vs OpTic Gaming

12:00 AM

02:30 AM

Fnatic vs Let’s Do it

02:30 AM

05:00 AM

Let’s Do it vs Evil Geniuses

05:00 AM

07:30 AM

Evil Geniuses vs VGJ.Storm

07:30 AM

10:00 AM

VGJ.Storm vs paiN Gaming

10:00 AM

12:30 PM

 

26th July 2018

 

Matches

Time in SGT

Time in IST

Let’s Do it vs OpTic Gaming

12:00 AM

02:30 AM

OpTic Gaming vs VGJ.Storm

02:30 AM

05:00 AM

Fnatic vs VGJ.Storm

05:00 AM

07:30 AM

Fnatic vs paiN Gaming

07:30 AM

10:00 AM

Evil Geniuses vs paiN Gaming

10:00 AM

12:30 PM

 


27th July 2018

 

Matches

Time in SGT

Time in IST

Let’s Do it vs VGJ.Storm

12:00 AM

02:30 AM

paiN Gaming vs Let’s Do it

02:30 AM

05:00 AM

OpTic Gaming vs paiN Gaming

05:00 AM

07:30 AM

Evil Geniuses vs OpTic Gaming

07:30 AM

10:00 AM

Fnatic vs Evil Geniuses

10:00 AM

12:30 PM

 

28th July 2018

 

Matches

Time in SGT

Time in IST

3/4 Seed vs 5/6 Seed - 1

12:00 AM

02:30 AM

3/4 Seed vs 5/6 Seed - 2

03:30 AM

06:00 AM

Winner Bracket Finals

07:00 AM

09:30 AM

Loser Bracket Semifinals

10:30 AM

01:00 PM

 

29th July 2018

 

Matches

Time in SGT

Time in IST

Loser Bracket Finals

12:00 AM

02:30 AM

Grand Finals

04:00 AM

06:30 AM

 

 

Storylines to Follow

 

1. How will the teams fare heading into the International 8?

 


With 5 out of the 6 teams attending The Summit 9 slated to compete in The International 8, there might be a tense atmosphere amongst the players and teams. A win here would give them much needed momentum to break the current status quo that is Team Liquid, PSG.LGD, Virtus.Pro and to an extent Team Secret.

While the Summit is usually a casual tournament, the fact is that teams are still quite competitive and will usually give it their all showcasing their mental strength, form and a glimpse at what they’ll be bringing to The International. It also gives teams the opportunity to scrim against some of the best teams in the world with relatively low ping differential.

Everything is in place for one team from the five TI attendees to establish themselves as a legitimate force on the grand stage that is The International 8. Will they be able to pull it off? If so, who will be that team?


2. Will ‘Let’s Do It’ Finish Strong?

Image Courtesy: Team Kinguin

Team Kinguin released their Dota 2 roster at the end of the season, after The International 8 qualifiers but they still let their team use the Kinguin Bootcamp for one last tournament, The BTS Summer Cup.

Kinguin aka ‘Let’s Do It’ used this opportunity to win the Summer Cup and qualify for one last LAN event, The Summit 9. If they perform well and get a decent finish they might find some other organization, prepared to pick up the roster for next season making this a crucial last tournament for them.

Considering that they’re the only non-TI8 attendee in this event, the pressure is on them to deliver in their Last LAN of the season.

 


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