OG are once again at the pinnacle of Dota 2 esports gaming this week after they landed their second successive victory in the richest esports event in history, The International 2019 tournament.
After achieving a somewhat surprising success in the 2018 tournament, and then having a rather unremarkable year in the 12 months that followed, OG once again found their best form at the most critical time of the year to claim the top prize at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai China this past weekend.
Drawn in Group B of the initial Group Stage, OG topped their group in style, losing just two of their 16 matches to advance into the upper bracket of the playoffs as the top seed and in imperious form. PSG.LGD were the winners of the other group, but their 13-3 record was not quite as strong as OG’s performance.
OG’s dominance continued in the Upper Bracket of the Main Event. After a 2-0 victory against Newbee in their quarterfinal, they then faced Evil Geniuses in the semifinal and emerged with a hard-fought 2-1 victory.
The other group winners, PSG.LGD awaited them in the Upper Bracket Final and OG once again prevailed 2-1, to claim a spot in the Grand Final. There they would face Team Liquid who defeated PSG.LGD in the Lower Bracket final to claim the other Grand Final spot.
However, any notion of an upset was soon dispelled as OG produced another fine display to claim a 3-1 victory and with it the unofficial title of Dota 2 World Champions (have a look also to Dota 2 bets).
The largest cash prize in esports history
Thanks to their victory in The International 2019, OG took home the largest cash prize in esports history, pocketing $15,609,462 from a world record prize pool of over $34.3 million.
Hot on the heels of the final of the world’s richest esports tournament, there are other big money tournaments set to take place across the world over the next few days.
Starting on Aug 30, the 2019 Overwatch League Playoffs tournament will begin with the Play-In Bracket getting things underway. Two from the six teams competing in this first part of the Playoffs will progress into the next stage and the matches start on Friday with Guangzhou Charge facing Chengdu Hunters and then this is followed by Philadelphia Fusion facing Shanghai Dragons (read about OWL betting here).
The winners of those two games will then go on to face either London Spitfire or Seoul Dynasty on Saturday and the two winners of those games advance into the next stages of the Playoffs. They will join the top six seeds in the Double Elimination Bracket which starts on Thursday Sept. 5.
There are a couple of other big esports tournaments taking place at the end of August with the PUBG tournament PEL 2019 Phase 3 starting on Aug 30 and the PEGI Summer 2019 tournament also getting underway on Aug 31.
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