Once again, $300,000 and 300 Dota Pro Circuit points are on the line. Nine teams are taking part:
- OG (Direct Invite)
- Evil Geniuses (Direct Invite)
- OpTic Gaming (Kings Cup Qualifiers)
- compLexity Gaming (North American Qualifier)
- Sacred (South American Qualifier)
- Team Kinguin (European Qualifier)
- pro (CIS Qualifier)
- LGD Gaming (Chinese Qualifier)
- Fnatic (Southeast Asian Qualifier)
The tourney runs through Dec. 17 when the winners will pocket $120,000 and 150 DPC points. The runners-up will take home $60,000 and 90 points. Third and fourth places will earn $36,000 apiece, plus 30 DPC points.
How the Dota Summit 8 is organized
Each of the nine teams has been drawn into one of three groups:
- A – Virtus.pro, OG, Sacred
- B – Team Kinguin, complexity Gaming, Evil Geniuses
- C – LGD Gaming, OpTic Gaming, Fnatic
The teams play the others in their group in a series of three-legged matches. One point is awarded for winning a leg, and each match will have three legs to play, even if one team wins the first two legs of a game.
The top team in each group will earn a place in the playoffs. The three runners-up from each group, plus the best third-place team of the three, will earn a place in the Wild Card section.
The four teams in the Wild Card play in a knockout format to decide which of the four goes into the playoffs proper.
ECS Season 4 Finals in Cancun
The final big CS:GO tournament of the year is upon us. It promises to be a huge week of action in the famous Mexican resort of Cancun, as eight of the very best CS:GO teams in the world compete in the ECS Season 4 Finals. The champs will take home the lion’s share of a very generous $750,000 prize pool.
The eight qualifiers for the tournament are as follows, with their seeds shown:
- Europe: 1. Fnatic, 2. FaZe Clan, 3. Mousesports, 4. Astralis
- North America: 1. Cloud9, 2. OpTic Gaming, 3. Team Liquid, 4. Luminosity Gaming
Group stage and playoffs
The teams were drawn, as per their seeds, into a group which contains the top and third seeds from one qualifying section and the second and fourth seeds from another:
- Group A – Fnatic, OpTic Gaming, mousesports, Luminosity Gaming
- Group B – Cloud9, FaZe Clan, Team Liquid, Astralis
The group stage is a double-elimination format. This means the first two games between the four teams will be best-of-one contests. Then, the remaining three feature a best-of-three format to decide who finishes as the winner and runner-up in each group. The two odd teams out will be eliminated.
The opening games in Group A pit Fnatic against Luminosity Gaming. OpTic Gaming take on mousesports. In Group B, Cloud9 face Astralis, while FaZe Clan take on Team Liquid.
The top two teams from each group progress into the playoffs. The winners of two semis then compete for the title.
You can enjoy plenty of esports betting on the Esports Championship Series Finals with Betway. The company offers plenty of match-betting. You can also back which team you think will be the winner on Sunday.
Currently, Betway is putting up 11/10 on FaZe Clan winning the title. They are comfortable favorites ahead of their three fellow European qualifiers. Astralis and Fnatic are both rated as 19/4 shots, while mousesports are a 6/1 chance.
North American hopes rest on the shoulders of Cloud9. They’re rated as 8/1 chances, with OpTic Gaming an 11/1 shot and Team Liquid 16/1. Luminosity are the rank outsiders with Betway at a very long 64/1 to win the title.