Mineski set history as the first winners of a Dota 2 Major in the SEA region by winning their first tournament in 6 months at the Dota 2 Asia Championships 2018.
The SEA team secured 750 Dota Pro Circuit points, $370,000 in prize money and a fourth place on the DPC Rankings after a marathon 3-2 win over LGD Gaming in the grand final.
Their encounter gave fans an absolute treat in an engrossing five-game series that matched the pace, tension, and hype of an International tournament — as the Chinese powerhouse returned to face the very team that sent them to the lower bracket, where they did the unthinkable and eliminated the formidable Virtus.pro.
Mineski’s victory meant that they would join the ranks of Virtus.pro and Team Secret who propelled to the top 8 of the Dota Pro Circuit Rankings with their Major wins, while LGD Gaming bows out as runners-up despite getting the immeasurable support of the home crowd.
Although they managed to climb up to 7th place in the DPC Rankings, it seems the curse for Chinese teams holds true, as another team from the region places 2nd at a Dota 2 Major for the third time.
Still, it meant that they have managed to get ahead of both Evil Geniuses and Natus Vincere have been kicked out of the top 8 of the DPC Rankings to make place for the two finalists of this tournament, and are place ahead of their compatriots and rivals VGJ.Thunder.
As for Mineski, they now have a healthy 950-point gap against NewBee, and if conjectures are right and that the break off to qualify for The International 2018 is 3200 points, puts them just 50 points away from qualification.
In the meantime, the 2017-18 Dota 2 season would carry on with the StarLadder i-League Invitational Season 5 Minor next week from the 11th to the 15th of April, with a prize pool of $300,000 and 300 DPC points on offer.