Dota 2 Do Gaming League: The Halfway Mark
NEWS | Noxville | DOTA | March 2, 2013
The Do Gaming League (DGL) surprised many when it amassed 116 entries – the largest in the league’s history for an anction real-time strategy game (ARTS), as well as creating a tournament that, in its own right, can be compared to many of the open international tournaments. There are those
The Do Gaming League (DGL) surprised many when it amassed 116 entries – the largest in the league’s history for an anction real-time strategy game (ARTS), as well as creating a tournament that, in its own right, can be compared to many of the open international tournaments.
There are those who believed many of these teams wouldn’t make the cut for the league – new teams would struggle to adapt to constant practise routines and schedules, maintain regular team rosters and dynamics and on the whole – lose the motivation to continue playing in the league.
Four weeks in, and so far we have seen nine teams drop out – that is just over 7.5% of the initial number of entries. Most of these teams that have dropped out are from the second division – a relative mixed-bag in terms of skill and experience.
As we head into week five of the DGL the focus of everyone’s attention will be on Premier League.
The top 8 seeded teams coming into Leg 1, and of these we have the notable “Big Four” of South African Dota 2 – iM.Bashers, Energy eSports, ROCCAT Gaming and Bravado Gaming.
We took a break at this point to have a quick look at the log as it stands and see what insight we can assertain from this information.
(Note: All the graphs are read from the column down, so the second column and third row will be Bashers’ result against Roccat – the red block, indicating that they lost that match.)
Energy with no losses and OpG with no wins are sitting on the opposite ends of the spectrum, with a fair spread of teams between them, nothing overly interesting, other than OpG’s forfeit to Bravado (the only forfeit in the Premier Division as of yet).
These are two interesting tables – none of the bottom four teams have taken a single game off of the top four teams as of yet. In terms of just the bottom four’s matches, we see another decent contribution from VnR picking up two from two victories thus far, in contrast to a dissapointing OpG who have yet to pick up a win and will face VnR in their last pool match.
DUC against kknPis a very important match as it will be the final decider for the 6th and 7th place which may be significant in pool selection for promotion and relegation playoffs.
Assuming that the top four keep up the flawless victories against the bottom four, it is likely to boil down to the remaining few matches between the top four teams. ROCCAT have played all three of their matches against the other top four teams – picking up a taking a single win, single loss and single draw. Bravado are in the worst position in terms of average points per match (1.50) but can redeem themselves and, at the very least, ensure a tied 3rd place with ROCCAT should they beat Energy 2-0. Should this occur, the Bashers vs Energy match will become the ultimate decider – if either of these teams win 2-0 they will become champions in their respective divison, pushing their opponent into 4th place and pulling up Bravado and ROCCAT into a tied 2nd place. If the game were to be a draw, the top four would all be tied up at 7 points a piece, further reinforcing the idea that there is little difference in skill between South Africa’s finest in Dota 2.
With a lot of action in the coming weeks, one should expect some incredible matches – particularly as we start to see the powerhouse teams clash with one another! Let us know what you think of the league thus far by dropping us a comment in the section below.
Please note that the opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and not Bravado Gaming.