October 25, 2011
ESWC Tournament Finals Repeat International
A lineup of twelve teams competed in the Electronic Sports World Cup’s first ever Dota 2 tournament starting Saturday. Some familiar names from the International showed up, but the majority of the contenders haven’t yet been seen in this new game by those of us without Dota 2 Beta invites (which is to say the majority). The defending champions, EHOME, progressed all the way to the final round, but in a stunning rematch with NaVi, who beat them in the finals to win the Dota 2 International at Gamescom, history repeated itself and NaVi triumphed.
I feel that this ESWC tournament has proven two things. For one, NaVi is definitely not a team to underestimate, as they’ve capped off both of the only two major Dota 2 tournaments so far, and show no signs of slowing down. For two, Dota 2 is going to be an enormous game. It’s still in beta, and there have already been two major tournaments with large prize pools that garnered lots of attention. With the majority of high-level DotA teams playing in these tournaments, it’s obvious that Dota 2 has gained acceptance from at least the majority of the original pro community. Taking all of this into account, Dota 2 is going to be a tough game to beat in the near future, holding the title of true sequel to the original, as well as bringing the biggest part of the professional DotA community along with it. I don’t expect this to be a huge problem for League of Legends, as the games handle differently enough to be able to coexist. However, new entries in the “MOBA” market, especially the recently announced “Blizzard DOTA”, had best beware. There’s only so much room for spotlight, and Dota 2 is going to be one of the biggest contenders for it.