Mineski had managed to secure the PGL Minor 2017 title thanks to a 2-0 drubbing over Chinese powerhouse LGD Gaming.
Coming off a 3-1 defeat to the defending champions, Team Liquid, in the Grand Finals of the Starladder Minor, the title win will also come down as a first international LAN title for Mineski’s veteran Chai ‘Mushi’ Yee Fung, since he had won Starladder Starseries Season 9 back in 2014 when he was still playing with Team DK.
But his team also had a great stroke of luck as LGD played without Chen ‘Victoria’ Guanhong; and in his place Yao ‘Yao’ Zhengzheng found himself thoroughly outplayed by his counterpart over at Mineski, Anucha ‘Jabz’ Jirawong.
Indeed, Yao and his Sand King failed to make any impact in game 1, while Jabz was all over the map with his Earth Spirit, creating huge space for Mushi and Daryl ‘iceiceice’ Koh to farm as they went rampant on Phantom Assassin and Monkey King respectively. A quick Roshan later meant that it was all over for LGD.
Things did not improve for the Chinese team in Game 2 either, as they were cleanly wiped across the map and was forced to quickly call the GG by the 30-minute mark.
With the win, Mineski move into the Dota Pro Circuit top spot in the point rankings – with 720 points in total, with each player also sharing the first place prize pool of $130,000 and 150 Dota Pro Circuit points going the way of each player.
While it would be a pity not to see them continue their form into the AMD SAPPHIRE Dota Pit Minor that is coming up in a few weeks after a family emergency arouse for one of the players has forced them to withdraw, this win could mean that there is yet hope that there will be a revival for the SEA region Dota 2 scene.