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Weekend Esports Review: Team Secret Retain Dota 2 Dream League Title

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It was a lively weekend for esports across the globe, including some smaller tourneys of note. To begin our recap, let’s look at the Dream League Season 9 event in Stockholm.

Team Secret retain Dream League crown

Dream League’s last go-around, Season 8, took place in Jonkoping, Sweden last winter. It proved to be a good one for Team Secret. They took the title, plus $500,000 and 750 Dota Pro Circuit points.

For Season 9, eight teams once again met in Sweden, this time at the Monster Energy DreamHack Studios in Stockholm. This tourney was designated as a Minor event, with £300,000 and 300 Dota Pro Circuit points up for grabs.

While the competition may have changed slightly, the outcome remained the same. Team Secret successfully defended their title with another fine display over the weekend.

They produced a near flawless performance, losing just one map on their way through the Winners Bracket. They defeated paiN Gaming (2-0), Fnatic (2-1), and then Team Liquid (2-0) to claim a place in the best-of-five Grand Final.

Here, they faced their semifinal opponents, Fnatic, who battled through the Losers Round to earn another shot at Team Secret in the Grand Final. The final proved a one-sided affair. Team Secret swept the series 3-0 and solidified their dominance. That victory means Team Secret have lost just two maps in back-to-back years of claiming this title.

In terms of the crucial Dota Pro Circuit points, Team Secret picked up another 150, while Fnatic took 90, Team Liquid earned 45 for finishing third, and Newbee landed the final 15 points for their fourth-place finish. Here’s the updated rankings chart.

Dota Pro Circuit table (after 15 events)

PosTeam NamePoints
2Team Liquid4734
3Team Secret4710
5Vici Gaming2160
6VGJ Thunder1165
7Evil Geniuses1335
8Natus Vincere1199
12LGD Gaming471
13TNC Pro Team270
14LGD Forever Young199
15compLexity Gaming135

The top eight teams qualify for The International 2018 later this year. The good news for teams chasing those top eight spots is that of the seven Dota Pro Circuit events remaining this season five are Majors — with 1,500 points to be won at each.

Plus, one of those is a Supermajor with 2250 points up for grabs. That event in particular gives all teams a chance of breaking into that all-important top eight.

CS:GO V4 Future Sports Festival turns to chalk

Last week, we looked at the V4 Future Esports Festival and explored whether its model could be a way of expanding esports into emerging countries.

In that article, we warned that the problem with such events, which pit some of the strongest teams in the world against relative newcomers, is that they could produce one-sided tournaments. That’s the price you pay for the latter group’s vital exposure.

Somewhat predictably, that is precisely what happened at V4 in Hungary over the weekend. The four invited teams — FaZe Clan, HellRaisers, mousesports, and Virtus.pro — filled the top four positions in the table, taking home €400,000 of the €500,000 prize pool among them. Then, the four qualifying teams each earned €25,000 for their efforts.

All this said, the journey wasn’t quite as clear cut as the results suggest.

First off, Group A gave us a big surprise in the very first match. After losing the first map 16-9, Dark Tigers managed to secure a 15-15 draw with HellRaisers in the second. Granted, there were no more upsets from there.

In Group B, things were also very much going to plan for the big teams until the fifth match. That’s when Extatus inflicted a stunning 16-12 defeat on Virtus.pro (although the Russian team bounced back to win the second map between the teams 16-10).

Indeed, of all the qualifiers, Extatus impressed the most, pushing both Virtus.pro and mousesports hard in all four of their maps.

In the playoffs, FaZe Clan lost 2-0 to Virtus.pro. Then, mousesports saw off HellRaisers to make the final, where they then defeated Virtus.pro 2-1 to claim the title. This result came after the final was altered from a best-of-five clash to a best-of-three match after consultation with both finalists.

Next up, the top CS:GO teams will next convene in Marseille in mid-April for the DreamHack Marseille 2018 tournament. That event will feature all four teams competing in Hungary this weekend, plus the likes of Cloud9, Team EnVyUs, Gambit Esports, Team Liquid, SK Gaming, Ninjas in Pyjamas, and more.

Ian John


A lifelong poker fan, Ian is also well-versed in the world of sports betting, casino gaming, and has written extensively on the online gambling industry. Based in the UK, Ian brings fresh insight into all facets of gaming.

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