The last couple of days were pretty exciting for all Dota 2 fans out there. After waiting for a couple of weeks with no competitive Dota, we finally got to see the third Minor of the 2019-2020 Dota Pro Circuit season, the StarLadder ImbaTV Season 3 Minor. Let’s take a look at what happened at this event and which team grabbed the lion’s share of the $300,000 prize pool.
As with any Minor before this one, the group stage lasted only two days. During which, we got to see some pretty epic series and a couple of surprises. Perhaps the most notable one was the elimination of CR4ZY, the ex Fighting PandaS roster. Even though they’ve lost two of their big players, the NA team quickly found decent substitutes for them.
However, it seems like the team just didn’t have enough time to practice because they’ve ended the group stage with just one win. To be fair, that was expected because they had to go up against the likes if Alliance and Gambit Esports.
Playoffs – Team Aster is above all
As expected, pretty much every series in the playoffs was a blast to watch. However, one of the teams definitely stood out ahead of the others was Team Aster. The Chinese powerhouse didn’t have the best DPC season so far, so no one really expected them to deliver such a dominant performance. Nevertheless, Sccc and his team-mates had the luck to be in the easier group out of the two. As a result, they finished without a loss all the way to the Grand Final, where they had to face Alliance.
However, even the mighty European team was no match for the truly remarkable Chinese. They’ve completely outplayed their enemies in the first two games, even though Alliance tried to play with some of the hottest meta picks right now. We even got to see the legendary Nikobaby Medusa in the second game, but even this was not enough. Team Aster needed just 24 minutes to close the series and go a game three.