Esports Tournament Previews and Results – April 11

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We’ve already brought you news this week on how the FIFA eNations Cup is shaping up. So in this article, we are going to focus on the big tournaments for CS:GO, Dota 2, League of Legends, and Overwatch.

ESL One Mumbai 2019 Preview

The first ever Dota 2 Major to be held in India takes place at the NSCI Dome in Mumbai starting on Tuesday. Eight teams (down from the original 12 after a number of teams had to withdraw from the event due to scheduling conflicts) will now compete for the top prize.

  • compLexity Gaming
  • Natus Vincere
  • Mineski
  • The Pango
  • Keen Gaming
  • TNC Predator
  • Signify
  • TEAM TEAM

As a result of the withdrawals, the opening group stage for the tournament has been altered slightly with the teams now split into two groups of four. The top two teams from the group will qualify for the upper bracket with the bottom two teams entering the lower bracket.

The winners of both brackets will then compete in the Grand Final for the lion’s share of the prize pool.

While the number of withdrawals is a little disappointing for India’s first big Dota 2 Major, this does make it a very open tournament. The bookies have the teams at the following odds.

  • Keen Gaming – 3.70
  • TNC Pro Team – 6.00
  • Natus Vincere – 7.00
  • Mineski – 8.50
  • compLexity Gaming – 12.00
  • The Pango – 18.00
  • TEAM TEAM – 220.00
  • Signify – 250.00

After Mumbai, the next ESL One event will take place in Birmingham, England, at the end of May.

Natus Vincere clinch StarSeries Season 7 title

CS:GO team Natus Vincere were the big winners last weekend as they wrapped up a solid week of work at the 7th StarSeries and i-League tournament in Japan.

After coming through the group stage as one of the No. 3 seeds, Natus Vincere clicked into a new gear in the playoffs. They saw off the much-fancied ENCE 2-1 in their quarterfinal. They then repeated that scoreline against Renegades in the semis.

In the final, they faced a Fnatic team that had won both their quarter and semifinal by a 2-0 scoreline. However, in the final, Fnatic proved to be no match for the Ukrainian team. Natus Vincere cruised to a 3-0 victory.

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The next big Starladder event is the Berlin Major 2019, due to start Aug 20. A total of 24 teams will compete in this Premier event, which will also have a $1,000,000 prize pool up for grabs.

Overwatch World League Stage 2 kicks off

Most of the OWL teams were in action last week. Let’s recap the action in Stage 2.

San Francisco Shock, who reached the Final of the Stage 1 Playoffs, continued their good form with two victories. They lead the table on leg difference having won both matches 4-0.

The other teams to notch up two wins were New York Excelsior, Chengdu Hunters, London Spitfire, Los Angeles Gladiators, and Boston Uprising. The Vancouver Titans, the Stage 1 winners, played only once but produced another solid 4-0 victory against the Hangzhou Spark. They could be the team to beat once again in this stage.

The first week of action saw a welcome return to form for the Season 1 winners London Spitfire, who unexpectedly struggled throughout Stage 1, but who have at least got Stage 2 off to a more positive start.

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