One of the biggest eSports events of the year The International 2016 takes place later this year in Seattle, Washington from the 3rd August through until the 13th August.
But before we can find out the names of the 12 teams that will join the six seeded teams (OG, Team Liquid, Newbee, LGD Gaming, MVP Phoenix and Natus Vincere) in the event, we have to progress through a hectic series of Open Qualifiers.
The Open Qualifier series is divided into four different geographic locations, the Americas, China, Europe and Southeast Asia and there are two Qualifying competitions in each section.
It is the first of these qualifying competitions in each of the four geographic areas that are being held this week and each one will produce one winner, earning themselves a place in the Main Qualifier.
As the name suggests, the Open Qualifier is open to a broad range of teams in each regional section. Sixty-four of the best Dota 2 teams in each geographic location will compete over a best of one format in a direct knockout competition with no second chances in order to try and progress into the Semi Finals.
In the Semi Finals, the format changes to a best of three for both the Semis and the Final itself.
The action got under way on Tuesday 21st June and is scheduled to continue to take place over the next seven days as the top Dota 2 teams in the world battle it out for one of the elusive places in the Main Qualifier.
Some of the more notable participants taking part in this event include in each section:
- Americas – Evil Geniuses, pain Gaming, Evernova
- China – EHOME Keen, CDEC Avenger, EHOME Luminous, Vici Gaming
- Europe – Team Secret, Team Spirit, Fantastic Five, Polarity
- Southeast Asia – Mineski-X, TNC Gaming, Rex Regum
Over the coming week, you can enjoy plenty of top quality action at esports betting sites like Bet365 Esports, which are taking betting on a number of the knockout matches from different qualification competitions, particularly from the European Open Qualifier section.
After the first competition has ended, a second bracket will be contested under the exact same format so that another team can earn a coveted spot in the Main Qualifiers, which feature a smaller number of teams and boasts a group format, as well as a knockout competition.
StarCraft 2 HomeStory Cup back for the 13th year this weekend
With the StarCraft 2 StarLeague offering a large amount of betting over the past few weeks as a number of the top players from Korea try to earn their place in the next phase of this competition, this will take a distinctly friendlier turn this weekend as the HomeStory Cup XIII gets under way in Krefeld, Germany.
Organised by Dennis “TaKe” Gehlen, the tournament is an invitational event, with some additional qualifiers where Gehlen invited individuals to his home for the weekend to compete and socialise with the emphasis as much on fun and enjoyment as well as the competitive gaming element.
That said, this is still a Premier event and with $20,000 up for grabs and the event live streamed across the four days of action, it promises to be a top quality event that has once again attracted a very high quality field of European SCII players.
Players invited to the invent include GB ace DeMusliM, French duo PtitDrogo and FireCake and a trio of talented Swedish players in Namshar, SortOf and Zanster. In addition, some famous names have also qualified for the invent including Lilbow from France, Poland’s Nerchio and Snute from Norway.
The 32 players will compete over two Group Stages and then a play off competition for the eight individuals that qualify. The first Group Stage sees four players drawn against each other with the top two progressing into the Group Stage 2.
In Group Stage 2, there are four groups of four and once again, the top two players in each group will make it into the playoff stage. Here, the matches are played over the Best of Five format, with the teams facing a straight knockout through until the Final, which is a Best of Seven match up.
Last year saw the Korean ace MMA earn the victory with a 4-1 win over FireCake in the Final; who will succeed him as the winner of the 2016 event? By Sunday night we’ll know the answer.
As always tune in to Bet365 esports betting service to see what betting is available on this popular event in Germany this weekend.
CS:GO Esports Championship Series Season 1 Finals hit London this weekend
In addition to the huge events taking place in Dota 2 and Starcraft 2 gaming this weekend, there is a huge event taking place at the SSE Arena in Wembley as eight of the best Counter Strike: Global Offensive teams get together, four from Europe, four from North America, to contest the $750,000 ECS Season 1 Finals.
The eight finalists have come through a grueling qualifying competition to earn their place at Wembley this weekend and the contest will kick off with each of the competitors drawn into one of two groups of four teams – two teams from Europe, and two from Americas in each group.
The draws for the groups in the opening stage of the contest have been made and the teams have been drawn thus:
- Group A – Luminosity Gaming, G2 Esports, Team Liquid, Ninjas in Pyjamas
- Group B – Astralis, Cloud 9, Fnatic, Team SoloMid
Each match up is a best of one competition in the Group stages but changes to a best of three contest for the playoff stage. The top two teams in each group will qualify for the Playoffs with a semi final and then final played to decide the winner.
The action begins in Group A with Luminosity Gaming taking on Ninjas in Pyjamas and Team Liquid facing G2 Esports. In Group B the opening fixtures see Astralis take on Team SoloMid and Fnatic face Cloud9.
Bet365 esports is already taking bets on the outright winner of this event with Luminosity Gaming the 7/4 favourites to win, ahead of Fnatic who are a 2/1 shot. Astralis are 7/2, with Ninjas in Pyjamas a 5/1 shot. G2 Esports are 10/1 and the outsiders are Team Liquid at 50/1, Cloud 9 at 66/1 and Team SoloMid who are 150/1 shots to win the event.