The Bukovel Minor – Group B

In just under a day
the first Dota 2 Pro Circuit event of 2020 will get underway as the WePlay!
Bukovel Minor kicks off with eight teams descending on Bukovel, Ukraine to
fight for a chance at reaching the upcoming Major.

With the event quickly
approaching, we’ll take a look at both groups and which teams in each have the
best shot at making it to the playoffs and who has the best chance at reaching
the DreamLeague Season 13 Major later this month; continuing with Group B.

Group B

  • Fighting PandaS
  • FURIA Esports
  • Gambit Esports
  • Nigma

The Brazilians

FURIA Esports have been
around for barely six months, forming just prior to The International 2019 and
even making it through the open qualifiers for the event. However, the team has
been void of any real action, especially after missing out on the first Minor
and Major of the Dota 2 Pro Circuit Season and thus we’ve not seen much from
them. The entirely Brazilian squad seemed as though that they could cause a stir
in the South American region with the likes of Otavio ‘tavo’ Gabriel and Heitor
‘Duster’ Pereira, but in early November – just two months after joining, tavo would
leave.

Since then the team
have only been involved in qualifiers and while they may have only managed to
make it to the Bukovel Minor, we know from Infamous just what havoc the SA teams
can cause. However, considering that this will be their first outing against tough
international opponents, it’s unlikely that FURIA will make it into the
playoffs.

EE’s dreams

Jacky ‘EternaLEnVy’
Mao is always an enigma when it comes to Dota 2, creating a ton of drama
wherever he goes. When his latest roster was announced, he seemed to have
finally found a formula that would work with a string of amazing players around
him – and it looked even ore promising when they qualified to the first Major.
But that was the end of the high life as they were dismantled in Chengdu. With
surprisingly no roster changes since, FP managed to beat out J.Storm and take a
spot at the Minor.

However, this squad
really only looks good once every few series and with the group that they find
themselves in, it’s likely that we’ll not see FP making it beyond the group
stages at this Minor, let alone managing to reach the Major.

A CIS Gambit

Following their
reformation after TI9, Gambit Esports begun the season looking rather strong
with a second-place finish at ESL One Hamburg 2019, but following that, their
DPC season begun poorly with a quick elimination from the first Major. The CIS
region had definitely stepped up its game since and with the likes of
Virtus.pro, Natus Vincere and Team Spirit all raising the bar for the region, Gambit
missed out on a second Major appearance.

Even with missing the DreamLeague
Season 13 Major, Gambit had a great performance at the recent ONE Esports Dota
2 World Pro Invitational in Singapore, finishing in third place. Even after making
a few changes in the last few months, Gambit remain a force to be reckoned with
and definitely have a high chance of breaking into the playoffs – although winning
outright will not be a simple task.

The eNigma

Out of eight teams at
the WePlay! Bukovel Minor, none is more famous than Nigma, formerly known as Team
Liquid. We may not have seen a lot of Nigma so far this season and they may not
have been able to crack the Major through qualifiers either, but they are easily
the best team at the Minor, on paper at least. There’s no denying the amazing
prowess of the team and with absolutely no changes from their TI9 runner up
brilliance, they are probably the complete favourites to take the Minor and
reach the Major.

However, looking back to their performance at the recent qualifiers, Nigma need to heavily step up their game if they want to take the title of Minor champions and get their DPC season off to a good start.

At a glance, Group B seems quite easy to predict with Gambit Esports and Nigma most likely to reach the playoffs, but when it comes to Dota 2, there’s always an upset waiting to happen. If Nigma are not prepared and have not found their footing in Outlanders yet, it is possible that they don’t make it into the playoffs but with just under a day until the WePlay! Bukovel Minor kicks off, we’ll soon find out just who will take the top honours at the first DPC event of 2020.

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