After Virtus.pro’s victory at ESL One Hamburg saw them take a stranglehold at the top of the Dota Pro Circuit, there is another 300 points up for grabs this week at the AMD SAPPHIRE Dota PIT League Season 6.
The tournament will be hosted in the picturesque Croatian port of Split. Two teams, Team Liquid and Newbee, earned direct invites, and a further six came through a rigorous qualifying process.
The other qualifiers are:
- OG – European Qualifiers
- pro.- CIS Qualifier
- Immortals – North American Qualifier
- SG e-sports – South American Qualifier
- Vici Gaming – Chinese Qualifier
- Fnatic – Southeast Asian Qualifier
Fnatic hadn’t originally qualified for the event, but Mineski were forced to withdraw.
The AMD SAPPHIRE Dota PIT League Season 6 will be contested in a two-tier qualification system, with each team having two chances (if required) to qualify for a Grand Final.
As teams lose in the main tournament rounds (quarterfinals onward), they will drop into a Losers Bracket. The four losing quarterfinalists will contest Losers Round 1, with the two winners moving into Losers Round 2 where they will take on the two losing teams from the semifinals.
The two winners here then play a Losers Round 3 match, with the winner heading into the Losers Final. Here, they will face off against the losing team from the Winners Final. The winner of that game then earns a Grand Final spot against the team that prevailed in the Winners Bracket.
The winners of the tournament will receive the lion’s share of the $300,000 prize pool, as well as 150 Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) points to add to their running total. The runner-up will get 90 DPC Points, third place 45 DPC Points, and fourth place 15 points.
The draw for the quarterfinals are as follows:
- Newbee vs. SG e-sports
- Team Liquid vs. Immortals
- Vici Gaming vs. OG
- pro vs. Fnatic
Betway is currently offering the following odds:
- Newbee (3/25) vs. SG e-sports (17/4)
- Team Liquid (30/100) vs. Immortals (11/5)
- Vici Gaming (13/10) vs. OG (11/20)
- pro (1/10) vs. Fnatic (19/4)
After their stellar performance at the ESL One Hamburg, Virtus.pro are the unsurprising favourites to win, with prices around 7/4 available on the CIS team. Team Liquid are available at around 9/4, with Newbee 11/2, OG 7/1, Immortals 8/1, and Vici Gaming 14/1. The outsiders are SG e-sports and Fnatic, who are both rated 66/1 chances to lift the title.
Massive choices this weekend for CS:GO bettors
If you love betting on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, you are in for an absolutely bumper seven days of events. This is one of the busiest periods of the esports season for CS:GO teams
At the moment, there are the ESL Pro League Season 6 matches taking place online, with the final set of games slated for Nov. 11. There are two qualifying sections, North America and Europe, and the top six teams in each qualify for the Season 6 Finals in Odense, Denmark starting Dec. 5.
We are also entering the final few days of the three different ESEA Season 26 qualifying tournaments, which are also taking place online across Europe, North America, and Australia. Top teams here include the likes of Flipsid3 Tactics, Virtus.pro, Team Singularity, Gambit Esports, Team Kinguin, and Space Soldiers.
Paris Games Week kicked off this week; it’s a huge convention for esports. One of the highlights is the Electronic Sports World Cup, which offers a 50,000 Euro prize pool. BIG, Team LDLC.com, Alpha Republic of Esport, and against All authority will play in a round-robin series of matches on Nov. 2 and 3.
The road to the ELEAGUE Major 2018 in Boston gets underway this week too, with the Minor Championships in North America and Europe. There’s a $50,000 prize pool up for grabs as well as two spots in the ELEAGUE Major Qualifier on offer.
Also starting Nov. 2 is the StarLadder i-League Invitational. It features eight teams — HellRaisers, Heroic, Renegades, TyLoo, Virtus.pro, Flash Gaming, HAVU Gaming and Team Spirit— battling it out in two groups and moving toward a Grand Final. The event boasts a $150,000 prize pool.
Finally, games are still ongoing in the EU and NA qualification stages for the Esports Championship Series (ECS) events. These are big online matches where teams are battling for one of four places available at the ECS Season 4 Finals. The finals take place in Cancun, Mexico in mid-December.