StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor Season 3 is the 3rd Minor of the Dota Pro Circuit. The tournament brings together 8 strong teams from the 6 official regions of the circuit.
SLI Dota 2 Minor Season 3 provides numerous esports betting opportunities for those who like to bet on Dota 2. In this article, I will take a close look at them and what the event has to offer.
StarLadder Dota 2 Minor Details
StarLadder Dota 2 Minor is scheduled to take place in Kyiv, Ukraine between March 5th – 8th. The tournament brings together 8 competitors from around the globe.
These are the participants with Bet365‘s betting odds for the outright winner:
- Alliance: 2.25
- Team Aster: 4.5.0
- Gambit Esports: 6.50
- Business associates: 11.00
- BOOM Esports: 11.00
- forZe: 17.00
- NoPing e-sports: 17.00
- CR4ZY: 19.00
As you might have remarked, Nigma is missing from the list. KuroKy’s team missed the boat by losing 2 – 3 in the Grand Final of the European Qualifiers for the event.
Obviously, the winner goes to the ESL One Los Angeles Major. Apart from that, the prize pool and qualification points will be distributed among the 8 teams in the following way:
- 1st place: $72,000; 140 points
- 2nd place: $60,000; 120 points
- 3rd place: $54,000; 110 points
- 4th place: $42,000; 90 points
- 5th – 6th place: $24,000; 60 points
- 7th – 8th place: $12,000; 40 points
StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor Season 3 will be played in the typical Minor format. Initially, the teams will be divided into two groups of four. Each of these groups is played in the GSL format, also known as double elimination. The matches are Bo3. The top two teams advance to the Semifinals of the Playoffs. This second stage consists of another GSL event. That means we’ll have 6 matches in total. Apart from the Grand Final (Bo5), all of them are Bo3.
StarLadder Dota 2 Minor Favorites
The big favorites at StarLadder Dota 2 Minor are Alliance, Aster and Gambit. One of these teams will almost certainly win the event and claim the ticket to the Major.
Alliance managed to defeat Nigma in the European Qualifiers. And keep in mind that Nigma won an important event recently, proving that they’re not exactly out of shape. Based on this, we can deduce that Alliance truly is a strong team at the moment. And even if Nigma had been in a poor condition to fight, we can simply look at Alliance’s global rank in the Dota Pro Circuit: 6th place, with 1840 points after just 2 Majors.
Aster is one of China’s greatest teams, which is why they’re obviously among the top contenders at this tournament. Furthermore, they’re in the top 12 globally, with 340 points.
And finally, we have Gambit. This team did not start the season with fantastic results, but you could still say that they’re in the top 4 in the CIS region. So they shouldn’t be underestimated.