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Both Invictus Gaming squads drop out of Huya Dota2 Winter Invitational, SEA delivers the upsets

Huya Dota2 Winter Invitational is the last tournament of the year and at the same time, it’s also the first event to host a cross regional LAN final since March.

Southeast Asia and China regions started the event in an online group stage format with a total of 12 squads, 8 from China and 4 from SEA, split into two regional groups. Only the top four from each group made it to the playoffs stage and were set to clash in a LAN setup in Shanghai, China. The playoffs are now approaching the final act, and although Southeast Asia is represented in the tournament by tier two teams, some managed to pull the upsets by taking down some of the bigger Chinese competitors.

In the upper bracket, Neon Esports took down Royal Never Give Up and Phoenix Gaming to secure a top three finish along with Team Aster, who cut through Invictus Gaming and CDEC in the first matches of the playoffs.

Dropped into the lower bracket, RNG saved themselves from elimination by taking down iG.Vitality in the first round and CDEC Gaming in the next set of matches. Unfortunately for Invictus Gaming, the lower bracket campaign turned disastrous as their main squad was also knocked out from the contention by Phoenix Gaming.  

While China still has three teams fighting for the title, Southeast Asia are represented just by Neon Esports, who so far have delivered the biggest surprise of the tournament. Huya Dota2 Winter Invitational lower bracket finals and the grand finals are scheduled for tomorrow, December 27, so stay tuned for further updates!


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