OGA Dota PIT S5: China Overview
The highly anticipated One Game Agency event returns, featuring eight of the best Chinese Dota teams. This event acts as the fifth season of the SAPPHIRE OGA PIT China and will feature a $150,000 prize pool running from August 7th – 16th. This preview guide will provide you will everything you need to know, including the event format, teams competing, the dates action unfolds as well as some predictions.
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OGA Dota PIT S5: China Event Breakdown
As mentioned, this preview will feature an entire event breakdown so that you know exactly what to expect from the event. You can find all the relevant information below.
- Eight invited teams
- Group Stage – August 7th – August 10th, 2020
- Two groups of four team
- Single round-robin, all matches are Bo3
- Top team in each group advance to the Upper Bracket R2 of the upper bracket
- 2nd and 3rd placed teams in each group advance to the Upper Bracket R1 of the upper bracket
- Remaining team in each group is eliminated
- Playoffs – August 11th – August 16th, 2020
- Double-elimination bracket
- All matches except Grand Final are Bo3
- Grand Final is Bo5
As there are just the eight teams competing at One Game Agency Season 5, we have provided full details on the roster for each team provided beside the team name. Please note that each of the eight teams participating received invites to the event.
- PSG.LGD (Ame, NothingToSay, Faith_bian, XinQ, y`)
- Invictus Gaming (flyfly, Emo, JT-, Kaka, Oli)
- Vici Gaming (poyoyo, Ori, old eLeVeN, Pyw, Dy)
- Team Aster (Monet, White丶Album_白学家, Xxs, BoBoKa, LaNm)
- Elephant (Eurus, Somnus丶M”, Yang, fy, Super)
- Royal Never Give Up (圣子华炼, Dstones, Flyby, FelixCiaoBa, RedPanda)
- Sparking Arrow Gaming (Ms, Zyd, Son Goku, 白马, XCJ)
- Aster.Aries (Ulu, phoenix, 生死, yoona, Siamese.C)
Prize Pool Breakdown
As mentioned, there is $150,000 up for grabs at OGA Dota PIT S5: China, meaning there is plenty for the eight teams to play for alongside the pride and bragging rights of being the best in their respective region. Each team attending is guaranteed a proportion of the prize pool regardless of how they perform, but it rises drastically for the higher finishes as would be expected. View the full prize pool breakdown below.
|Place||Prize Money $USD|
|5th – 6th||$7,500|
|7th – 8th||$5,000|
Group Stage Fixtures
With the initial format for the event being the traditional group stage format, the entire fixtures have already been confirmed for the first four days of action. During the event, teams will be provided abbreviated names in order to help reduce clutter, these are provided in the brackets beside the full name. The teams are divided into two groups of four as follows:
- Group A
- Invictus Gaming (iG)
- Royal Never Give Up (RNG)
- Sparking Arrow Gaming (SAG)
- Team Aster (Aster)
- Group B
- Aster.Aries (Aries)
- Elephant (Elephant)
- PSG.LGD (PSG.LGD)
- Vici Gaming (VG)
Below you can find the full fixtures breakdown for the first four days of action.
|Elephant vs. Aries||August 7th||08:00 BST||B|
|RNG vs. Aster||August 7th||11:00 BST||A|
|PSG.LGD vs. VG||August 7th||14:00 BST||B|
|Aster vs. SAG||August 8th||08:00 BST||A|
|PSG.LGD vs. Elephant||August 8th||11:00 BST||B|
|iG vs. RNG||August 8th||14:00 BST||A|
|PSG.LGD vs. Aries||August 9th||08:00 BST||B|
|iG vs. SAG||August 9th||11:00 BST||A|
|VG vs. Elephant||August 9th||14:00 BST||B|
|RNG vs. SAG||August 10th||08:00 BST||A|
|VG vs. Aries||August 10th||11:00 BST||B|
|iG vs. Aster||August 10th||14:00 BST||A|
In regards to the playoffs of the event, fans will be able to watch the games from 09:00 BST with two games taking place each day except for the final two days of the event with just one game taking place with a 12:00 BST starting time.
How To Watch The Games
If you are interested in watching the matches unfold at any point, you can do so on the official Twitch channels. For those wanting an English stream, these matches will be cast by Jack “MoFarah” Williams and Benjamin “Bkop” Kopilow. In addition to the English stream, there will be a Russian, Portuguese, and Spanish broadcasts available. You can find the official English stream here.
OGA Dota PIT S5: China Storylines & Predictions
Each and every Esports event has its respective storylines, including those for the favorites and those that are underdogs and looking to cause upsets. With all teams being from the same region, it is likely that most will be familiar with each other, which should provide for some intense, tactical action as they battle it out for bragging rights and a bigger slice of the prize pool.
The event is one of the larger events as the Dota 2 International (TI) 10 looms around the corner. While the event acts as a great way for the Chinese teams to practice and prepare ahead of the biggest event of the season, it is very likely we will see teams keep new tactics and strategies to themselves and keep any upper edge details close to their chest.
It’s important to note that the Chinese region is deemed the strongest heading into TI 10, and they will not want anything to slip at this late stage.
Favorites For The Event
With the event only featuring eight teams, and eight strong teams at that, there are a few favorites that are appearing regularly in predictions by analysts and the community. Surprisingly RNG are not featuring in many favorite lists, and instead, it is PSG.LGD, Vici Gaming, Team Aster, and Elephant have the highest expectations as the event is fast approaching.
Out of the four teams mentioned, it is PSG.LGD that most viewers will have their eyes firmly locked on. Depending how this event goes, they could head into The International as favorites which is typically a confidence boost along with added pressure. PSG.LGD had some sloppy moments but have since finished 3rd at the Singapore Major 2021 and went on to become WePlay Animajor champions which has them coming in as favorites this time around.
The final point to feature is Invictus Gaming, as they have been a longstanding and notable contender at the highest level of Dota 2. Invictus won the Singapore Major where PSG.LGD finished third, however had a lackluster display in the recent major. This will act as one of the last moments for the team to make a drastic change ahead of The International, and the might be able to flesh out some fresh ideas ahead of the big event.