Set inside the humble California abode of Dota 2 production studio Beyond the Summit, The Summit 6 is far from the glitz and glamour of the majors. But it's hardly low profile, however. All eight teams in attendance this weekend are bound for the Boston Major, and performance at The Summit 6 will set the tone for these squads heading into the Boston Major group stages.
In the first matchup of the day, the CIS squad of Virtus.Pro were matched against EHOME, a Chinese team that has seen some strong success both at home and abroad. Game 1 saw EHOME first-pick a Drow Ranger for Liu "Sylar" Jiajun, broadcasting an overall push-heavy Drow strat that would center around Jiajun and Wang "old chicken" Zhiyong's Medusa. Virtus.Pro responded with Roman "RAMZES666" Kushnarev's Luna, and three early kills on Ren "eLeVeN" Yangwei's Dark Seer secured a snowball for Virtus.Pro, handing them the Game 1 victory.
EHOME struck back in Game 2, returning to the Drow Ranger lineup but putting Zhiyong on a more aggressive Huskar. Zhiyong's Huskar tallied 12 kills in 33 minutes, bolstered by Liu "Garder" Xinzhou's strength-sapping Undying. Forced to Game 3, Virtus.Pro allowed Drow and Undying back through the draft, but went for a dual-ranged core lineup of Weaver and Sniper, and an aggressive Chen pick for four-role Ilya "Lil" Ilyuk. Putting significant pressure on Zhiyong's Tinker and Yangwei's offlane Venomancer, Virtus.Pro surged over EHOME and secured a semifinal spot, sending EHOME to the lower bracket in the process.
The match of the day was a rematch between Wings Gaming and Team NP in a best-of-three series, days after their grand finals match at the Northern Arena BEAT Invitational. Wings won that showdown 2-0. On Wednesday, Team NP looked strong and set for revenge in Game 1, with Kurtis "Aui_2000" Ling on a monstrous streak as Ursa. Several crucial fights in the late game began to slowly go Wings' way, however, and Chu "shadow" Zeyu built up to a point where one lost teamfight for NP meant the game swinging the other way. Wings closed out Game 1, victorious even in a kill deficit and only 1.3 percent advantage in net worth.
Game 2 was another close conflict between the two teams. Wings Gaming held an early advantage, but Jacky "EternaLEnVy" Mao found space to drag the net worth graph his way on Alchemist. This game, it was Zhou "bLink" Yang making the plays on Invoker, alongside Li "iceice" Peng, who landed several key Ice Blasts on Mao and NP. Wings Gaming beat NP 2-0 for the second time in a week, and would go on to play Virtus.Pro in the final series of the day.
In the semifinal matchup, Virtus.Pro established an early lead over Wings Gaming with Kushnarev's Lifestealer securing a 4-times multi-kill at only the 12-minute mark. Wings had tools to take the game late, with Zeyu on a farming Naga Siren and Zhang "Faith_bian" Ruida dealing massive damage on his offlane Venomancer, but it wasn't enough to hold back VP from taking Game 1.
On match point, Wings' combo of Zeyu on Slark and Zhang "Innocence" Yiping's Rubick found key kills in the early game. Meanwhile, Virtus.Pro's Vladimir "No[o]one" Minenko shone bright on a mid-lane Sniper pick, with 85 percent kill participation and over 29,000 damage dealt to heroes. Combine this with Kushnarev's Lifestealer returning for Round 2 and stifling Wings' offlane, accumulating five kills on Ruida's Sand King over the course of the game, and it was a quick 2-0 for Virtus.Pro.
The CIS squad continues on to the winner's finals and a guaranteed top-three finish, while the TI6 victor Wings Gaming drops to the lower bracket.