In a sea of canceled esports events, we finally get some action due to ESforce and their Parimatch League Season 2 tournament, which will take place online and will involve 4 well-known CIS teams.
Parimatch League Season 2 Details
Parimatch League Season 2 is scheduled to take place between March 27th – 29th. The tournament will offer a prize pool of $93,000 and feature 4 teams.
- Winstrike Team
The tournament will be played in the GSL format, known as double-elimination. The teams will start in the Upper Bracket and practically have two lives, until the Grand Final. Every match is Bo3, apart from the last one (Bo5).
The $93,000 will be divided among the 4 teams in the following way:
- 1st place: $50,000
- 2nd place: $25,000
- 3rd place: $10,000
- 4th place: $8,000
Here’s a brief analysis of the 4 teams that will participate in Parimatch League Season 2.
Virtus.pro has been the strongest team in the CIS region over the last three seasons. And in spite of the fact that they never placed very high at The International, VP won numerous Majors and finished the Dota Pro Circuit in 1st and 2nd place respectively in the past two seasons.
As you probably know, at the end of last season, Virtus.pro lost 3 key players and is now a completely different team. Only Solo, the team’s captain, and No[o]ne, the midlaner, are still around. In the new formula, VP has been struggling to get top results. They missed the first Major and finished 13th – 16th in the second one. However, at an event like Parimatch League Season 2, Virtus.pro should easily finish 1st or at least 2nd.
HellRaisers is sitting at number 38 in the DPC rankings. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen this team in good shape. But there’s still hope. At Parimatch League Season 1, HellRaisers played in the Grand Final against Virtus.pro. And even though they lost 0 – 3, this recent result proves that RodjER’s new team is capable of great things.
FlyToMoon is a fully Ukrainian team featuring some really strong players with a lot of experience. Among them, I will mention Iceberg, GeneRaL, and ALWAYSWANNAFLY. Most of the roster joined the team just a few months ago, so you should expect to see tactical and strategic weaknesses in FlyToMoon’s game, even though the individual performances might be exceptional. Apart from the position 4 player, known as illusion, everyone else is a star.
At Parimatch League Season 2, FlyToMoon should finish either 3rd or 2nd.
Winstrike Team should be regarded as an underdog, even at an event like Parimatch League Season 2. Their only relevant result came a few years ago, when they managed to finish 9th – 12th at The International 2018. But that was a long time ago and with a different roster. Since then, Winstrike has been almost entirely absent from the significant Dota 2 tournaments.
Going into Parimatch League Season 2, I expect Winstrike to finish in 4th place.