With $300,000 up for grabs and 300 Dota Pro Circuit points to be won, the AMD SAPPHIRE Dota 2 PIT League always promised to be hotly contested last weekend. Eight teams battled it out across the four days of action. In the end, Team Liquid took home the top prize.
The double-elimination, playoff-bracket event started with four matches. Newbee defeated SG e-sports, Vici Gaming bested OG, and Virtus.pro got the better of Fnatic — all by 2-1 scores. In the last quarterfinal, Team Liquid made light work of Immortals in a 2-0 win.
In the semis, Team Liquid once again swept, defeating Newbee 2-0. Vici Gaming continued their improved form with a 2-0 win against Virtus.pro in something of an upset.
That set up a Winners Final between Team Liquid and Vici Gaming. The former progressed thanks to a solid 2-0 victory. In the Losers Bracket, Vici Gaming defeated Newbee to claim another chance at defeating Team Liquid, who had not dropped a single game in the competition at that point.
Vici Gaming put up a better fight this time around, forcing a deciding match after four maps. In the end, Team Liquid’s quality came to the fore to secure them a win in the fifth game. They also won 150 DPC points.
The DPC points table makes for interesting reading after the first few events of the season:
Dota Pro Cicruit Rankings
Teams can qualify for The International 2018 — the richest event in esports gaming — through collecting DPC points. Therefore, any events with points offer will be attractive to teams.
The next such event is the Perfect World Masters, which will kick off in Shanghai in a little over a week. This is another $300,000 event with a total of 300 Pro Circuit Points to be won.
This weekend’s CS:GO betting options
If you enjoy betting on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, this weekend boasts a wealth of action.
For starters, the ESL Pro League will run until Nov. 11, at which point we will know the teams for the next phase of the competition.
At the same time, another qualification tournament reaches a midway point. The ESEA Premier Season 26 in the Europe, North America, and Australia continues. In England, the GFinity Elite Series Season 2 runs through Dec. 9.
It’s a very busy time in the ECS Season 4 qualification sections in North America and Europe. Teams are now playing in both offline and online qualifiers during the next few weeks. No wonder so many teams suffer from scheduling issues when they try to compete in multiple events in a week.
This week, we will give special attention to two slightly less known events. The first of these is the IeSF World Championship 2017. Taking place in Busan, South Korea, this event features a number of second-tier CS:GO teams. Twenty squads, each representing their individual nation, will compete for the as-yet-unconfirmed top prize.
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Some of the more recognizable teams taking part include MVP PK from South Korea, Mineski from the Philippines, and Eclipse from China.
Starting just two days after this tournament in Busan and lasting itself for just two days, the IBUYPOWER Masters 2017 will begin in Santa Ana, California. This Major carries a total prize pool of $100,000 and features eight of the top teams from North and South America.
The teams that have earned spots in this event are as follows:
- Counter Logic Gaming
- Team Liquid
- Luminosity Gaming
- NRG Esports
- OpTic Gaming
With so many different CS:GO tournaments in progress, it’s a great time to head to Betway.