Let’s dive a little deeper into this event.
ASUS ROG DreamLeague Season 6 Playoffs
It was a strange campaign in the league section of the event, with a host of teams withdrawing due to the competition’s conflicts in timing with the Boston Major.
This was followed by a number of withdrawals during the tournament itself, including Team NP (which withdrew late in the event and forfeited all 14 of their games), and Virtus Pro (which cited a hectic travel schedule after playing all 14 games.)
That meant that despite finishing second in the league stage (and earning $10,000 in the process) Virtus Pro would not take part in the playoff weekend.
Alliance, which finished fifth in the league stage, would take their place in the playoffs alongside the other qualifiers: Escape Gaming, The Imperial, and Team Liquid.
The four teams are guaranteed a cash prize of at least $20,000 for reaching the playoffs even if they finish last. The winner will walk away with a top prize of $90,000; the runner-up will take home half that; and the third place team earns $30,000.
The semifinals for the tournament have already been drawn. Top seed Escape Gaming takes on four seed Alliance, while the two and three seeds, The Imperial and Team Liquid, will clash in the second semifinal.
The two winners will then meet in the Winners Finals, with the winner of that match going on to the Grand Final. The two losers in the semifinal stage will then drop into the losers bracket and face off for a place in the Losers Final, where they will take on the loser of the Winners Final.
The winner of that match will then advance to the Grand Final.
Bet365 has extensive betting markets available for the DreamLeague Finals this weekend. Team Liquid is an 11/8 favourite to win the event, with Alliance a 5/2 shot, the Imperial a 3-1 chance, and oddly enough, the top seed, Escape Gaming, is a 5/1 outsider to win the event.
Currently, there are a total of 20 betting markets available in this event, allowing punters to bet on a number of different possibilities. People can place a bet on which team will reach the Grand Final, as well as on which team will win each of the matches over the weekend.
There is also much match context betting, with map betting available, as well as betting on which team will get the first kill on each map, and which team will get 15 kills in total on a named map.
Bet365 also offers extensive In Play esports betting options for many events, and given the high profile of this event in Sweden, it is well-worth checking out.
Next week, we will provide all the betting news on another huge Dota 2 event, the 2016 Boston Major, with its enormous $3,000,000 prize pool on offer.
CS:GO DreamHack Winter 2016 – Zowie Open blasts off this weekend
Counter Strike: Global Offensive stars are heading to Sweden, to Jonkoping, to take part in this weekend’s DreamHack Zowie Open (also known as Winter 2016) with a prize pool of $100,000 up for grabs.
Eight teams have made it through to the finals – five invited teams and three that made it through the Closed Qualifier process.
The five teams invited to participate are:
- Cloud 9
- Team Dignitas
- OpTic Gaming
They will be joined by:
- FlipSide3 Tactics
- Gambit Gaming
- Team Kinguin
Team Kinguin replaced FaZe Clan as a qualifier.
Half the total prize money, $50,000, is on offer for the team that wins the event, and the competition starts with the teams split into two groups of four. Teams will play each other once (if required) to decide the top two seeds in each group. They will then progress on to the Bracket stage, which consists of two semifinals and then the final.
The groups have been drawn as follows:
- Group A – Team Dignitas, GODSENT, FlipSid3 Tactics, Team Kinguin
- Group B – Cloud9, OpTic Gaming, Gambit Gaming, Renegades
The matches get under way on Nov. 24, with Team Dignitas facing off against Team Kinguin in the opening match in Group A. This is followed by Group B’s opener between Cloud 9 and Renegades.
The action then returns to Group A a short time later with GODSENT facing FlipSid3 Tactics, before the final opening match of the tournament sees OpTic Gaming taking on Gambit Gaming.
The final two games on Nov. 24 will see the two winners of each group game face off, with the winner of the match automatically earning a spot in the semifinals as the group winner and the loser forced to play another game on Nov. 25 to see if they can claim the runner-up spot.
Bet365 is currently offering some interesting esports betting markets on the DreamHack Winter event, and the current market for the outright winner sees Team Dignitas as the 6/4 favourites ahead of Cloud 9, a 11/4 shot.
OpTic Gaming are 11/2 and GODSENT 13/2. These are the four teams the bookies think have the best chances of success.
Outside of this top group, Gambit Gaming is 10/1, Team Kinguin at 18/1, Renegades at 25/1, and the outside chance with the esports betting odds makers is FlipSid3 Tactics, rated no better than a 33/1 shot to win the event.