The Dire, a new team led by the genius drafter PPD, qualified for the DOTA Summit 8 Minor with an amazing run at King’s Cup: America.
Eight teams took part in the best-of-two round robin qualifiers. The Dire prevailed against them all with a 10-4 score, and got a spot for the single elimination playoffs.
After beating the Peruvians of Infamous 2 to 0, they moved in the best-of-five grand finals to face Digital Chaos. Only three matches were sufficient to determine the victors, The Dire, that displayed a consistent performance in all games.
The Dire vs DC Bo5 Recap
During the early game, Digital Chaos had the upper hand thanks to a series of ganks executed by the roamer Kanishka 'Sam' "BuLba" Sosale on Night Stalker: Earthshaker died five times in the first 15 minutes.
DC kept a small 4k gold lead in the initial 30 minutes, but the situation reverted past the mid game. Both teams had well-farmed core heroes, but lately The Dire’s pushing power was the deciding factor for the victory. Death Prophet inflicted 6.6k damage to buildings, while Pajkatt hit the 5k mark.
Once again DC had a better start, cementing their advantage up to 15k gold lead at 40 minutes. They underestimated Per Anders Olsson "Pajkatt" Lille on Juggernaut, who exterminated the opponents in three successive teamfights in the last 10 minutes of the match, quickly pushing after each team wipe.
The final game was totally in favour of The Dire, who won with a 45-17 score. Quinn "CC&C" Callahan carried the team with a 15-3-17 Outworld Devourer, while Pajkatt on Venomancer had a noticeable impact in all teamfights from the mid game onwards.
DC fought back and indeed reverted situation past the 30 minute mark, but a couple of under-performing teamfights brought the game again in the hands of The Dire, who ended with a 23k lead.
There are still no info about the teams invited at DOTA Summit 8, so The Dire is the first one that will officially participate in the Minor hosted by BTS.
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Vincenzo is an esports writer with five years of experience. Former head editor for Natus Vincere, he has produced content for DreamHack, FACEIT, DOTAFire, 2P, and more. Follow him on @SkulzDota.