Dota 2 Dream League Season 5 Reaches Crunch Time This Week In eSports Betting

Published: Apr 15, 2016 - Last Updated: Jul 7, 2023

The eight invited teams of the Dota 2 Dream League Season 5 League section have been battling it out for several weeks now and there are just four more days of competition to go before we find out which of the three teams make it into the offline Main Tournament with current champions OG in May.

Due to issues with some teams not being available at certain periods, the current league table has a somewhat odd look to it. Two teams, No Diggity and Team Empire have played all 14 of their matches, whereas other teams have played just 12, 10 8 or in the case of Natus Vincere, just four games.

The top three in the league phase qualify for the offline Main Event which will take place in Sweden on the 21st and 22nd May 2016. Last year’s winners OG are already qualified for that and it will be the three top teams come the end of qualifying on the 21st April that join them.

Having played just four games so far in the competition, pretty much the fate of many Dota 2 teams is in the hands of Natus Vincere. They will be in action at least once each day from the 18th to the 21st April, with them being involved in two matches on April 20th. It is certainly going to be a busy time for members from that popular team.

As a result of this, no team is yet secure of a place in the Main Event in Sweden. The only certainty is that London Conspiracy, who sit at the foot of the table with a 2-10 record, will likely finish last in the event, but even that is not yet confirmed.

What this means is that over the period from the 18th April to the 21st, that crucial top three places will be decided and the qualifiers for the Main Event will finally be known.

The schedule for matches is as follows:

  • Monday April 18th – Team Spirit (4-4) v Ad Finem (6-4) and Natus Vincere (2-2) v London Conspiracy (2-1)
  • Tuesday April 19th – Virtus Pro (4-4) v Team Spirit (4-4) and Natus Vincere (2-2) v Vega Squadron (7-3)
  • Wednesday April 20th – Virtus Pro (4-4) v Natus Vincere (2-2) and Team Spirit (4-4) v Natus Vincere (2-2)
  • Thursday April 20th – Virtus Pro (4-4) v Vega Squadron (7-3) and Natus Vincere (2-2) v Ad Finem (6-4)

Each match is played over two games, which means either one team will win two nil (and add two wins to their total, while the losers add two losses) or the match will finish in a draw (with both teams earning one win and a loss).

Dota 2 betting will of course be available on this important event at all your top esports bookmakers over the start of next week, so don’t forget to tune in to enjoy an eSports bet or two on this popular event.

CS:GO DreamHack Masters comes to a close Sunday

Starting on the 12th April, the offline DreamHack Masters for CS:GO teams has been taking place at the Malmo Arena in Sweden and the sixteen teams competing are almost at the end of the group stage bringing them closer to taking home the $100,000 first prize.

At the time of writing each team has played two games so far and four teams have already earned their place in the quarter finals from each of the four groups, with one team already eliminated and one final match ready to be played in each group to decide which other team qualifies for the Quarter Finals.

In Group A, mousesports have taken top spot with a 2-0 record, while perhaps surprisingly, Team Liquid were eliminated, leaving Luminosity Gaming and TyLoo fighting it out in the final game of the group to decide who makes it into the quarter finals and who goes home.

Natus Vincere have topped Group B to earn their quarter final spot and GODSENT and Counter Logic Gaming will battle it out for the second qualifying spot, with G2 Esports being eliminated already.

Group C sees Team Dignitas confirmed as qualified for the quarter finals, Lounge Gaming have exited the competition and Astralis and Ninjas in Pyjamas will battle it out for the second spot in the next phase.

Lastly, are qualified in Group D, with Tempo Storm and Team EnVyUs facing off in the battle for the second qualification spoit, while Faze Clan have been knocked out.

After the final group games that were played on the 14th April, there is one rest day for teams before the Quarter Finals start on Saturday 16th April. The competition then proceeds as a straight knockout through the quarter final and semi final stage before the final is contested on Sunday evening.

The CS:GO DreamHack Masters events are always one of the most popular esports betting markets and you can place a number of bets on each game including Match Winner markets, Correct Map Score, Match Handicap, Total Maps Over/Under and other bets too (from Bet365 Sport).

Dota 2 ESL One Frankfurt 2016 European Qualifier reaching ke ystage

It’s a busy time for Dota 2 teams, which partly explains the pressure on some of the top teams to compete in so many events and it is now reaching a crunch time in the ESL One Frankfurt 2016 Dota 2 Nanyang BettingEuropean Qualifier.

The qualification tournament started back in early April with 12 teams in the mix, four Tier 1 qualifiers, four Tier 2 qualifiers plus four teams that qualified through Open qualification events.

There are two qualification brackets, the winners bracket will produce one winner (the team who go through the bracket unbeaten).

All losers from the winners bracket at each round will then drop into the losers bracket at a commensurate round to take on the other teams defeated at various stages in the Winners bracket and the winner of the losers bracket will earn that second spot in the finals in Frankfurt later in the year.

After a lengthy knockout phase, the contestants of the Winners Final are known with set to take on Vega Squadron on Tuesday 19th April. The loser of that match up will get a second chance as they’ll be placed directly into the Losers Final which takes place a day later.

The losers bracket is still at the Round 4 stage, with Team Spirit taking on Ad Finem on the 14th April, and Natus Vincere taking on No Diggity on Monday 18th April.  The losers Round 5 will then be played on the 19th April, with the winner of that progressing into the losers final to take on the loser of the Winner’s final played 24-hours earlier. The winner of that game will earn the second qualifying spot for the big Frankfurt event later in the year.

Keep your eyes peeled for plenty of ESL One qualifier betting as there are other qualifying events for Frankfurt taking place in other parts of the world, as well as Europe over the coming week. To keep up with odds from the various eSports betting sites, you can always check out this esports betting odds tracker.

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Ian John

Since: August 10, 2015

Ian is a regular contributor to EsportsBets. Ian is well-versed in the world of esports betting and casino gaming and has written extensively on the online gambling industry. Ian brings fresh insight into all facets of gaming.

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