While European team Nigma were favourites heading into the tournament due to their former Team Liquid credentials, Chinese team Royal Never Give Up (RNG) look set to turn the tide after securing a place in the final following wins over both Nigma and Geek Fam.
Nigma secured their place in the final after beating Geek Fam in the losers bracket, setting the stage for a final rematch between the two strongest teams.
The grand final started off shaky for Nigma, with RNG managing to take the first game. Nigma, however, fought back in the second game which went beyond the 80 minute mark, seeing them equalise in a hotly contested match.
From there, Nigma seemed to have found their groove — securing the third game and looking enormously confident heading into the fourth.
RNG managed to gain the upper-hand and looked set for victory, but after some spectacularly bold plays, Nigma pulled off an incredible turnaround to win the match 3-1.
Along with securing a spot at the Major, Nigma also won $72,000 and 140 Dota Pro Circuit points, while runners-up RNG won $60,000 and 120 points.
While it was the result many perhaps expected from the outset, RNG certainly had Nigma against the ropes for the majority of the tournament. When it came down to the final though, Nigma showed exactly why they’re such an exciting team in the Dota scene.
Nigma will be joining the likes of Fnatic and Evil Geniuses at the DreamLeague Leipzig Major from 18-26 January 2020.