Last November, Virtus.pro claimed a victory in the grand final of The Summit 6 event in Los Angeles. They defeated OG 3-0 to claim the $42,500 top prize. Eight months later, the team is back to defend its title at the Dota Summit 7 event, also in Los Angeles.
Here’s a quick look at the prior winners:
- Summit 1 (June 2014) – Evil Geniuses
- Summit 2 (Dec. 2014) – Vici Gaming
- Summit 3 (May 2015) – Team Secret
- Summit 4 (Dec. 2015) – Evil Geniuses
- Summit 5 (July 2016) – Wings Gaming
- Summit 6 (Nov. 2016) – Virtus.pro
The format of the event has changed very little over the years, with eight teams qualifying for via a series of geographical qualifiers. They then compete in an initial quarterfinal round, with the winning teams progressing to the semis. The victors in the semis then compete in the Winners Final with that winner going on to the Grand Final.
In addition, each losing team that doesn’t reach the Grand Final unbeaten gets a second chance in the Losers Round. They then try to work all the way back to the best-of-five Grand Final.
The first of the 2017 events features two previous winners: Team Secret and Virtus.pro. The other six teams are Team VGJ, Digital Chaos (who replaced Clutch Gamers), LGD Gaming (who replaced CDEC Gaming), Natus Vincere, Team NP, and Team Empire.
The action began on Wednesday. Virtus.pro kicked things off with a straightforward win over Team Empire, and they were joined in the first semifinal by LGD Gaming, who came through a tough encounter with Team NP.
But then the surprises started when, despite losing the first map, LGD won their next two to send the reigning champs down into the Losers Round.
The next group of matches takes place today: Team VGJ will face Natus Vincere in the first quarterfinal, and Team Secret takes on Digital Chaos. The winners will then play out the second semifinal.
Bet365 has esports betting available on a wide range of different markets for The Summit 7, including match betting on all the games. There is also the chance to bet on of in-game action.
Galaxy Battles rounds out busy week of Dota 2 betting
There’s another big Dota 2 event taking place this week: Galaxy Battles. Eight teams are chasing a $150,000 prize pool.
Four of the teams earned a direct invite: Newbee, iG Vitality, TNC Pro Team, and Planet Odd (who were originally Thunderbirds, but signed up under the new name on May 31). And then there are the qualifying teams: mousesports from Europe, Infamous from the US, HappyFeet from Southeast Asia, and Vici Gaming replacing LGD.
The action started Thursday with the group stages and will run through the weekend.
Group A was closely contested. After the teams had played each other once, there was a three-way tie at the top of the group among Newbee, TNC Pro Team and Vici Gaming. This necessitates a tie-breaking tournament.
Group B was more straightforward: Planet Odd took the top spot and a place in the semifinals. IG Vitality were second and Happy Feet third to earn a place in the quarterfinals, while Infamous will take a place in the Losers Round alongside the bottom team in Group A, mousesports.
Bet365 is offering Match Winner betting for Galaxy Battles, and check regularly for the latest odds on this event.