The Dust Settles in Leg One of the Dota 2 Masters

Leg One of the DGL Dota 2 Masters came to a close yesterday evening in what has definitely been an interesting Leg but, as such, we now get to take a look at the provisional results and what went down in their first run of 2017.

Right at the top sits the 2016 DGL Dota 2 Masters Champions, White Rabbit Gaming, who had a nearly perfect run through Leg One with a 9 – 0 tally and a near perfect 94.73 percent win ratio, with Energy eSports being the only side in the Masters able to boast a game win against the near unstoppable squad.

Taking second place on the podium is eXDee Dota 2, who will be departing the Masters this week as they make their transition to become the new Bravado Gaming line-up and another powerhouse roster themselves.

To be honest, most people would have had these as their top two predictions come the end of the Leg, but it is the rest of the log where things get interesting as we saw xTc Gaming, a side who achieved mixed success in 2016, looking on top form in the new season, losing just two of their matches and soon to be boosted by the addition of Adam “Adastam” Moore, which will make for an even stronger squad for the rest of the year.

It was Aperture Gaming that decided to retire Adastam from their line-up mid Leg, a decision which saw the side  struggling for the rest of the Leg as a result and, despite their sub Michael “Hurley” Pearson’s best efforts, left them taking the fourth place position for the Leg.

In an extremely unlikely turn of events, the fifth and sixth spot have ended in a perfect tie from two teams carrying very different stories with each. Pulse Gaming, a side that was put together just a few days before the start of the Masters, quickly began finding its stride, and their play only strengthened as the Leg went on.

Energy eSports is a bit of a different tale, with a roster on paper that looked like it could challenge the podium placed teams but which failed to deliver. Some questionable drafting and clear lack of unity quickly had the squad falling behind, a situation they are fully aware of and are trying hard to correct for the coming Leg.

This is as far as it goes when it comes to the teams that are safe from the Masters qualifier, as the bottom four teams (Flipsid3 Tactics South Africa, Veneration E-Sports, Damage Control and Ventus Gaming) all have to now fight for their chance at competing in the upcoming Masters Cup (taking place this May) through the Wildcard Qualifier. The Qualifier will see these four Masters teams face off against the top four teams from the Emerald and Sapphire Cups respectively, teams who look hungry for their chance at competing in one of South Africa’s Premier Dota 2 events.

The teams have have minimal time to breathe after  a lengthy Leg One journey, as the Community Shield Masters Qualifier is slated to take place between 3 and 16 April so, unfortunately, there is little time to rest and recuperate before they  have to get back into action.

One thing is for sure though – if Leg One is anything to go by, we’re in for an interesting year in the South African Dota 2 community.

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