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Dota 2 Weekly Recap – ESL One Los Angeles and the return of Dendi

Dota 2 Weekly recap ESL One Los Angeles Dendi

After plenty of amazing matches, the first Major of the 2019-2020 season is finally over. There’s been tonnes of news in the Dota 2 world, so let’s take a look at the biggest stories of the week – including the ESL One Los Angeles, the end of MDL Chengdu, and Dendi’s homecoming.

ESL One Los Angeles – The Third Major Of This DPC

The ESL tournaments have always been some of the most interesting to watch. The amazing production value and atmosphere, which is second-to-none, make these tournaments special for viewers and players alike. However, In the past few years, ESL has only hosted non-DPC events. Although amazing to watch, the lack of DPC points makes them “fun” tournaments, which is a shame as the teams that play there are always among the best in the world.

Fortunately for fans of Dota 2 and the ESL, the next tournament hosted by the Electronic Sports League will be part of the Dota Pro Circuit. ESL Los Angeles will take place next year, scheduled for March 2020. Interestingly, this is going to be the second DPC tournament in the US after Summit 11. There haven’t been many DPC tournaments held there since 2016.

Brothers United – a new SEA powerhouse


The SEA Dota 2 scene has been on the rise, especially after the recent roster changes in the region’s top teams. So much so that TNC Predator is now considered to be one of the best teams in the world.

It’s set to get even stronger. Two of the most legendary players in modern Dota nave decided to team up once again. Chai “Mushi” Yee Fung and Ng “YamateH Wei Poong have been around since the days of DotA. Even though both players are not in their best form right now, their combined experience will make them a force to be reckoned with.

We’ll first see the new team called ‘Brothers United’ in the upcoming qualifiers for the next DPC tournaments.

Dendi homecoming

Dendi returns to europe Dota 2 weekly recap ESL One Los Angeles

If you’re a true Dota 2 fan, there is no way you haven’t heard of Danil “Dendi” Ishutin. He is, by far, the most famous Dota 2 player in the world, a real living legend. The Ukranian superstar first started his professional career in DotA, where he played in team DTS.

When Dota 2 came out, he joined Na’Vi and they quickly became the strongest team in the world – a position they held for several years. During that time, Dendi won TI and received two second-place finishes. Afterwards, a poor run of results had him heading for the exit and leaving for pastures new in South East Asia.

Sadly, his SEA adventure didn’t go as planned, which is why Danil decided to return to Europe. We’ll see him back in action with his new team, ‘Viet Flashbacks’. The first challenge for the team will be the next DPC qualifiers, due to start in just a couple of days.

MDL Chengdu is Over

The first Major of the 2019-2020 season is over, and we have our first Champions. TNC Predator, the team that won ESL One Hamburg 2019 just a couple of weeks ago has taken victory again. They played flawlessly throughout the tournament, losing only one match against Vici Gaming. Their victory was all the sweeter after exacting revenge over their enemies in the Grand Finals, where they won after utilizing the utterly broken Morphlihg + Earth Shaker combo.

Even though the biggest names in Dota 2 were not present, TNC’s victory is still impressive. In fact, they are only the second ever SEA team to win a Valve event. However, bigger tests now await the squad, and many will be following their journey closely, wondering how far they can go.

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