Counter Strike: Global Offensive fans will be eagerly anticipating the start of one of the biggest tournaments of the year this coming week as on Tuesday 9th February, 24 of the world’s best teams will begin their quest to become the ESL ESEA Pro League Season 3 Champion.
The qualification schedule for this important CS:GO event has been split into two regional sections. Twelve teams will compete in the European section and a further dozen teams will also compete against each other in the North American section.
This season is the third for this popular competition with a $100,000 first prize and a total prize pool of $250,000.
In December 2015, it was team Fnatic that triumphed defeating Natus Vincere in the final. It was the second time Fnatic had won the title after also claiming it with a victory over Cloud9 in the 2014 event.
Before we reach the finals stage taking place later this year, there are two regional qualifiers to sort out, with four teams out of the 12 competing in each qualifier earning their place at the finals which will take place in London this coming May.
In the European qualifiers the twelve teams competing include the nine teams that qualifiers through finishing in the top 9 last year (Astralia, Natus Vincere, Team EnVyUs, G2 Esports, Team Dignitas, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Virtus.pro and mousesports). Added to those are SK Gaming and Flipsid3 Tactics who qualified from the Relegation playoffs following season 2 and lastly, a wild card entry has been granted to the FaZe Clan team.
There are lots of familiar names in the North American qualifiers too and this section is also made up of the nine teams who finished in the top nine positions of the qualifiers last year (Team Liquid, Luminosity Gaming, OpTic Gaming, Counter Logic Gaming, compLexity Gaming, Cloud9, Splyce, Enemy and Team AGG). They are joined by relegation playoff winners NRG eSports and Winterfox while Renegades earned this Wildcard spot.
Both regional qualifying sections will operate in the same format, which is a simple league format where each team will play the other 11 teams in their group over the next three months to decide which of the four teams will qualify for the playoffs. The bottom team in each group will be relegated into the Challengers events, while the two teams directly above them in 11th and 10th in the table will face a Relegation playoff against two teams from the feeder Challenger league.
Each match is a race to 16 kills, however if the scores are tied at 15-15, then the winning team will need to get 19 points to secure the win.
The four top teams in each regional qualifier will qualify for the offline playoffs later this year in London with another $100,000 top prize available for the winner.
There will be significant betting action available over the coming weeks on this huge CS:GO event, so do remember to check your local eSports betting provider for all the latest betting odds on eSports for the week’s big match ups.
South American StarCraft 2 players battle it out
Ask most South Americans what the Copa America means to them and you’ll almost always get the answer that it is their continental football championship, predominantly won by Brazil and Argentina, but last time out in 2015, Chile were the victors.
However, that may soon be changing as the world of eSports is now moving into new territories and StarCraft 2 players in South America (and one based in Europe) will have the chance to compete against each other online for the fantastic new eSports-friendly Copa America 2016.
This first tournament of its kind in South America sees a $10,000 prize pool available, with $4,000 available for the winner. However there is also the added bonus of a WCS Winter Circuit Championship seeding place up for grabs as well as the ability to earn points to help players qualify for the offline finals later in the year.
Sixteen players have earned the right to compete for the title with the following races represented by each of the finalists:
- Protoss (2) – Xsir (Mexico), Darkness (Chile)
- Terran (7) – MajOr (Mexico), Smile (Peru), Jhonny (Peru), Kelazhur (Brazil), Jarppi (Chile), Sektor (Brazil) and Kuga (Peru)
- Zerg (7) – Cham (Mexico), Erik (Brazil), JimRising (Mexico), Odin (Peru), eGGz (Colombia), ByRada (Venezuela), Ryu (Italy)
The players will be drawn randomly into four groups and they will play matches against each other to decide the top two in each group. These eight teams in total will progress into the Quarterfinals from when on it is a straight knockout through to the final.
The action kicks off on the 8th February and continues through until the 16th February when the final will be played, so remember to tune in at your favorite online eSports bookmaker for all the latest eSports betting odds on this important new tournament for South American eSports fans.
Dota 2 Captains Draft 3.0 qualifiers round robin section begins
After two weeks of gaming, the Dota 2 Captain’s Draft 3.0 qualifying section has been completed and the eight teams battling it out for the two qualifying places now know their fate. After a lengthy qualification process, Mamas Boys and Digital Chaos earned the final two spots in the next stage of the competition, which began yesterday, 5th February.
The second stage of the event sees the six seeds already granted entry into the Round Robin stage enter the frey, with the two qualifiers drawn into separate groups.
The two groups have already been drawn and they are as follows:
- Group A – Evil Geniuses, Team Liquid, Vega Squadron and Mamas Boys
- Group B – Alliance, Team Empire, Virtus.pro and Digital Chaos
Group A’s three sets of matches will be played first starting on the 5th February with Group B games played after the completion of Group A from the 8th February. The matches are scheduled as:
- 5th Feb – Team Liquid v Vega, Evil Geniuses v Mamas Boys
- 6th Feb – Team Liquid v Mamas Boys, Evil Geniuses v Vega
- 7th Feb – Vega v Mamas Boys, Evil Geniuses v Team Liquid
- 8th Feb – Virtus Pro v Team Empire, Alliance v Digital Chaos
- 9th Feb – Alliance v Team Empire, Virtus Pro v Digital Chaos
- 10th Feb – Alliance v Virtus Pro, Digital Chaos v Team Empire
After each group has been completed the top two teams in each group will qualify for the winners bracket of the playoffs, with the teams finishing 3rd and 4th qualifying for the losers section of the playoffs.
The Captain’s Draft 3.0 has provided some excellent eSports betting opportunities over recent weeks and looks likely to do so for at least the next couple of weeks. Check out the latest odds at your chosen eSports betting provider to enjoy a flutter on this popular Dota 2 event.