Singapore’s Major-level Dota 2 tournament, as well as its high-profile Arena of Valor and Hearthstone tournament that forms the trifecta that is PvP Esports Championship is over. The big question is: who won?
We could just pull out the corny sentiment card and say Singapore and its supposedly-fractured esports collective won, at least as far as Dota 2 is concerned. If the pictures and finals turnout are of any indication, it proves that with the right game, your reception is going to be stellar. While far from perfect, PvP Esports Championship is a great shape of things to come.
Enough of that; here are the results.
Dota 2: Malaysia >Singapore
Clearly the draw of the entire weekend; the tournament played host to a number of great teams in a tournament post-International 2018 with a prize pool of US$200,000. Top tier teams like Fnatic (now with former Mineski guy Iceiceice), PSG.LGD, Team Secret, and Singapore hometown hero Resurgence fight it out for the top spot. In the end, it boiled down to the final two: Team Secret and Fnatic.
Both teams played four games leading to a tie. The last match going to Team Secret thanks to Malaysia’s own Yeik “MidOne” Nai Zheng going on a killing spree near the tail end of the fifth game. Even with Fnatic’s Filipino, Singaporean, and Korean mix, they were no match for the combination led by Clement “Puppey” Ivanov and the secret sauce brought in by Michał “Nisha” Jankowski.
Arena of Valor
PvP Championship also played host to Singapore’s first-ever major Arena of Valor tournament this year that actually made public headlines. When all was said and done, it was down to the top three in respective order: Thailand’sAlpha X, Taiwan’s Monster Shield, and Singapore’s Resurgence. Smart bans from Alpha X and their counters against top-tier heroes like Superman help push the Thailand team to victory.
This is the first time a Singapore stop is made for the global Hearthstone Championship Tour. Australian player Alex “NaviOOT” Ridley emerged the winner with his Druid and Warlock deck against Oldřich “Faeli” Mahdal from the Czech Republic.