I love Dota 2. I love playing it, and I love watching live tournaments – online. However, something has started to bother me. While some teams get invited, they perform poorly. Exemplified by the victory of Team OG today, a new team which showed every directly invited team who’s boss. Do we really need direct invites anymore?
If you’re like me, you just saw Team OG take a convincing victory over Team Secret in the final of the Frankfurt Major, taking 1.1 million dollar of prize money from the 3 million dollar prize pool. Team OG were the underdogs, they are a recently formed team, qualifying for the tournament, and making it through the lower bracket all the way to take the whole tournament. Of the 16 teams, and over 6 days, OG proved to be the best, defeating the 8 invited teams in the process. This got me to think about the tournament format. Not that I don’t like an underdog team pulling an offset and defeating powerhouse teams like Secret and Evil Geniuses, but on what criteria are the invitations sent?