By taking down Virtus.Pro 3-1 in the Chongqing Major grand finals, Team Secret secures $350,000 and a guaranteed TI9 slot based on their DPC points so far this year. They'll join VP as being the only teams clinching their TI9 slots, which is still seven months away.
So far VP and Team Secret have dominated the circuit, with both teams playing top 2 in the Kuala Lumpur and Chongqing Major. They even faced each other twice in both events. In Kuala Lumpur, Secret knocked VP out of the upper bracket then fell to them in the grand finals. The opposite happened at Chongqing, with VP taking Secret out, then losing to them in the grand finals rematch.
It will be interesting to see how involved VP and Secret will still be on the circuit, now that they've secured their TI9 slots. With the next Minor just a month away, they might pull a page from Team Liquid and take a small break down the line to physically and mentally reset.
A long time rival to our players, now ally. Let’s welcome Danil "Dendi" Ishutin as the 5th member to join the Tigers family today! Bringing the team to a full roster. Fans of Tigers, we want to share this experience with you. Meet the new members of @tigers_dota . #roartigers pic.twitter.com/w75zbAg7yZ— Tigers (@tigers_dota) January 22, 2019
Team Tigers announced their final addition to the roster in CIS legend and former Na'Vi franchise player, Dendi. The move follows last week's shuffle that saw the removal of Ahjit and inYourdreaM, while adding another Dota legend in Mushi. However, Dendi is still on contract with Na'Vi, so for the moment he's on loan to Tigers and acting as a stand-in. That makes Dendi's stay with Tigers quite tenuous, especially since Tigers' elimination from the first open DreamLeague qualifiers.
The new ranked season is coming next week, and alongside it a balance focused 7.21 patch. We are aiming to release Mars sometime between the end of February and early March.— DOTA 2 (@DOTA2) January 25, 2019
While it was expected that a patch would arrive soon after the completion of the Chongqing Major, Valve quashed any doubt with a tweet that announced not only an impending patch, but the release of Mars in another few weeks. It didn't seem too long ago that the meta felt stale, from the post-TI lull and even the rotation of heroes in 7.20. But with 7.21 and a new hero around the corner, perhaps players will migrate back from playing Auto Chess.