From a 2nd place finish at the 6th edition of The International, a 3-4th place at the Boston Major and winning the ESL One Genting 2017 to a disappointing collapse against NP at the DAC (DOTA Asian Championships) 2017 American Qualifiers, culminating in a mediocre performance at the StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 3 (7-8th place), Digital Chaos have experienced the highs and lows of Professional DOTA.
Maintaining their roster since the post TI shuffle, Digital Chaos proved at ESL One Genting 2017 that they are not the underdogs anymore. However, a string of distasteful results sees them being dismissed as favorites to win the tournament. Despite that, Digital Chaos still have a decent chance to pull off an upset and take home the spoils.
Here are three keys for Digital Chaos to win the Kiev Major.
The 7.03 and 7.04 patches brought significant hero talent, and the attributed changes that were released mid-March and late March respectively gave Digital Chaos no chance to experience the current meta as they didn’t qualify for the DAC tournament; played on the 7.04 patch. Most of DC’s competitors like Team Liquid, Evil Geniuses, and OG have already had enough experience and know the current pool of heroes likely to be picked.
DC’s last professional game came in the Starladder i-League StarSeries Season 3 (Version 7.02) where they suffered two series losses in a row to Wings Gaming and finalists VG.J which sent them packing. Thus, DC need to work harder on this meta than all the other directly invited teams.
Valuing Niche picks
Digital Chaos reached the finals of the 6th edition of The International Dota 2 championships thanks to their unpredictable draft and niche picks. But since then, the game has developed a long way and DC have become one-dimensional, stopping their niche picks in favor of the heroes currently in the meta.
The StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 3 saw them favor Ember Spirit and Lone Druid, the then meta heroes which led to VG.J and Wings out drafting them.
DC's picks during StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 3
Drafting around w33’s Invoker
It is a well-known fact that w33 is one of the best Invoker players in the world alongside Miracle. Right now, Invoker is one of the most viable mid heroes this patch so it is imperative than any opponent ban him out before w33 gets the chance to play him.
Possessing a whopping 64.71% win rate on Invoker, w33's hero selection will play a vital role in the Kiev Major. Despite a mediocre win rate of 28.57% last month, where DC failed to qualify for the DAC tournament and faced a quick exit from the StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 3, w33 is still regarded as one of the best Invoker players. The low win rate was also because their opponents NP and VG.J out-drafted them.
w33's stats on Invoker
Even though DC failed to deliver in the past two months, it is too early to write them off. A bit of added experience in the current meta and a good draft will propel them towards that $1,000,000 prize money and a potential direct invite to TI7.