As you will likely already know if you follow this series of articles, we have been paying a close attention to the $100,000 Captain’s Draft 3.0 tournament over the past few weeks. The tournament kicked off on the 19th January with the qualifier and last week saw DOTA2 teams compete in the Round Robin stage of the tournament.
The eight teams competing in the Round Robin stage were drawn into two groups of four, imaginatively named Group Hippo and Group Horse and following some highly competitive games the teams qualifying for the Winners and Losers bracket were known.
In Group Hippo, Evil Geniuses secured top spot with a 3-0 record and they are joined in the Winners bracket Semi Finals by Vega Squadron. Team Liquid and qualifiers Mamas Boys having to settle for a place in the Losers Round.
It was a similar story in Group Horse where Alliance qualified with a 100 per cent winning record and joining them in the Semi Finals is Team Empire. Virtus.pro and Digital Chaos, the other qualifiers, will enter the playoffs in the Losers Round.
The playoffs get under way on the 12th February with Evil Geniuses taking on Team Empire and Alliance taking on Vega Squadron in the Semi Finals. The winners will progress into the Winners Final and the Winner of that will earn a place in the Grand Final.
The Losers Round is more complicated with the winners of the Team Liquid v Digital Chaos and Virtus.pro v Mamas Boys matches progressing into Losers Round 2 where they will face the losing teams from the Winners Semi Finals.
The winners of this game will then play the Losers Round three, with the winner of that moving on to the Losers Final, who will face off against the losing finalist from the Winners Final for a place in the Grand Final.
Finally, the Grand Final will take place next week on the 17th February to decide who walks away with the largest chunk of a prize pool that has now swelled to over $120,000.
Check out the latest betting on this big Dota 2 event with your choice of eSports betting bookmaker over the next week in what promises to be a very keenly contested play off stage.
StarCraft II Proleague 2016 week 2 fixtures played 15th and 16th February
The always keenly contested StarCraft II Proleague 2016 competition got under way on the 1st February this year with four matches in the first week. All seven teams were in action, with one team, Afreeca Freecs in action twice over the two days of action.
Things didn’t start to well for the team as they took on and were defeated 3-0 by SK Telecom T1 in the opening match of the competition. On the same day, KT Rolster came through a hard fought battle with Samsung Galaxy to claim a 3-2 win and their first points of the competition.
On Day 2, Jin Air Green Wings came through their clash with MVP 3-1, before Afreece Freecs were back in action against CJ Entus, though this time they were in much better form defeating CJ Entus 3-1 to leave the team feeling a little better after the first weekend of Starcraft II action.
The result left the teams each with a win against their name occupying the key first four places in the group, which will make up the playoff positions once the Round Robin section has ended.
After a weekend off for New Year celebrations, the action resumes this week with CJ Entus taking on MVP in a game both teams will feel they need to win and on the same day Afreeca Freecs play their third game against Jin Air Green Wings.
The following day, KT Rolster and SK Telecom T1 will clash in a match up between two teams with wins under their belt while MVP will be in action once against this time against Samsung Galaxy.
Remember to check back with your preferred eSports betting sites for all the latest information on this competition which will be played through until the middle of March, when the final table will be known and the four playoff qualifiers decided.
CS:GO Acer Predator Masters Playoffs start in Krefeld
The TakeTV Studios in Krefeld, arguably the spiritual home of gaming in Germany, is the venue for the eight teams that made it through the online Group Stage qualifiers to convene at the studios over this weekend to battle it out for the Acer Predator Masters prize of a share of $40,000.
The eight qualifiers, four from each eight team group, will convene in Germany for the playoffs played over a local area network and each of the qualifiers has been drawn to face a team that qualified from the other group.
The matches scheduled to take place starting on the 11th February are:
- Mousesports v Team LDLC White
- Attax v E-Frag net EC
- HellRaisers v Vexed Gaming
- Lounge Gaming v Flipsid3 Tactics
There are two brackets in the playoffs, for winners and losers. The Winners will progress through the rounds until one team reaches the Grand Finals, where they will take on the winner of the Losers Bracket.
When a team loses in the playoffs, they will drop into the Losers Bracket at a stage commensurate with when they were eliminated from the Winners bracket. This gives teams a second chance to progress through the losers bracket and claim a place in the final against the winner of the Winners bracket.
There’s always lots of CS:GO action to enjoy most weekends from competitions around the globe, so remember to check out the latest big sporting bets with your preferred eSports betting company this weekend. And, if you’re looking to dig into the numbers, be sure to check out our eSports betting odds tracker.