Both teams comfortably topped their groups and came through their Upper Bracket semifinals to face each other in that bracket’s final. There, it was OG who triumphed 2-1 to claim a grand final spot, while Invictus Gaming went to face Newbee in the Lower Bracket final, a matchup they won 2-0.
Because of their prior victory, OG came into the grand final as the favorites, but a superb display by Invictus Gaming saw them claim the top cash prize of $244,798 (from a total prize pool that eventually hit $611,997).
Eight-to-one shots Paparazzi defeated Miracle- 2-0 in the Solo event. The All-Star Match saw an upset too: Team China were defeated 44-36 by Team World in an exciting clash.
Overall, Invictus Gaming should be in great spirits ahead of the Kiev Major, where they could once again renew their rivalry with OG.
The bookies currently have OG as the 7/2 favorites and Invictus Gaming at 4/1 to win this huge Valve-sponsored event.
Dota 2 Professional League down to the nitty-gritty
The next round of matches in the popular Dota 2 Professional League online tournament begins April 6. The competition is heating up nicely
for the 12 teams participating in this Chinese event.
The tournament boasts a prize pool of 500,000 Chinese Yen (around $72,325). The top nine teams in the initial league stage will confirm their place in the Professional League once again next season. Meanwhile, the team ranked 12th is relegated to the Secondary League, and the teams ranked 10th and 11th will face a relegation playoff against two teams from the Secondary League.
The competition started a few weeks back, and it is already looking grim for FTD club C, who have not managed to win or draw any of their nine games so far. It appears they are doomed to drop back into the Secondary League.
Further up the table, things are considerably closer. Vici Gaming are currently atop the table with a 5-2-1 record; however, they could face a struggle to hold that top spot as three teams remain unbeaten (though they’ve played fewer matches so far). Newbee and LGD Gaming both have 4-3-0 records, while Invictus Gaming, fresh from their Asia Championship win, have a 4-1 record.
With the top six teams heading into the playoffs, the battle for the final two spots looks to be intense. Any team from IG Vitality in fifth place down to Vici Gaming Potential in ninth all stand a chance of earning a spot in the playoffs.
Invictus Gaming are back in action twice on April 6, taking on LGD Forever Young in their opening match before facing Team VGJ two hours later. Unsurprisingly, Invictus are hot favorites to win both games.
Bet365 is also offering odds on the match between IG Vitality and LGD Gaming, which takes place just before the two games outlined above.
Betting on StarLadder i-League StarSeries this week
A total of $300,000 is up for grabs in Kiev from April 4-9 in the CS:GO StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 3 tournament.
This hugely popular event pits 16 of the best teams from China, the US, and Europe against each other in a large group stage event.
The results determine the next group game, so only a small number of games will be played before the eight playoff qualifiers are known.
Bet365 is offering a host of fluid betting opportunities with its Match Winner 2-Way market, which will updated to reflect the competition as matches are decided.
Three teams, at the time of writing, have already got off to winning starts: North, Virtus.pro, and SK Gaming won their opening games over Immortals, MVP Project, and TyLoo (respectively).
The eight winning teams will then be drawn against each other in the Round Two High Matches, and the four losing teams will be drawn likewise in the Round Two Low Matches. From there, teams with the same records will face each other in each stage until the final eight qualifiers are known.
Ukraine’s National Palace of Arts hosts the competition until the April 9 when the playoffs will be completed, and the winner takes home the £125,000 top prize.