In this column, we’ll bring you up to date with how the group stage has panned out. In addition to the main event, the tournament will also host a couple specialist events. The first is a Solo tournament for the best individual Dota 2 players, and the second is an Asia Champs All-Star game that pits the best players from China against the best from the rest of the world.
The eight individual players who will compete in the Solo tournament are all relatively well-matched, with just a small spread of odds across the field and no massive odds-on favorite.
Sccc is the 7/2 favorite at the moment, but three other players — Miracle-, Arteezy, and bLink — are all 9/2 shots. SumaiL is a 6/1 chance, with Paparazi at 8/1, BurNing at 10/1, and the outsider is EternalEnVy at 14/1.
The tournament is a straight knockout event, and the players were selected by a fan vote while they watched the main Dota 2 Asia Championships event. Players were seeded based on the number of votes they received, and their seeding influenced who they will face at the quarterfinal stage. The draw is as follows (seeding shown in brackets):
- Miracle (1) v Arteezy (8)
- SumaiL (2) v Paparazi (7)
- Sccc (3) v bLink (6)
- BurNing (4) v EternalEnVy (5)
Bet365 is offering esports bets not just on who will win this event outright, but also who will reach the final and the region of the winner. (Four are from China with four other players from other parts of the world.)
Finally, people can bet on the winner of each of the four quarterfinal matches and, of course, on the semifinals and final when they are decided.
Asia Champs All-Star match
The All-Star match is a one-off game between two teams of five players, again chosen through fan voting. The first team is a home team comprised of the top five Chinese players. Their opponents are five top players from the rest of the world.
Here’s how the rosters look:
- Team China – BurNing, Sccc, rOtk, fy, and Faith_bian
- Team World – Miracle-, Suma1L, iceiceice, EternalEnVy and JerAx
The match itself is a best-of-one game, and it is also a reverse captain mode game. This means each team will pick the heroes that their opponents play. The All-Star game is scheduled to take place on the day of the final — Monday, April 3.
For this game, there are a number of markets on which observers can bet with Bet365.
Punters can bet on the Match Winner category as well as on a number of in-match events, such as which team will draw first blood or which will be the first team to get 10 kills.
Team China are currently the 8/11 favorites to win the All-Star game, with Team World as an even-money shot.
Dota 2 Asia Championship main event round-up
The group stage of the Dota 2 Asia Championship is now complete, solidifying the four teams that will initially compete in the Upper Bracket and the eight that will start in the Lower Bracket.
In that Upper Bracket, Team OG, which qualified on top of Group A with the best record of all teams (4-1-0), will take on Group B runner-up Newbee. In the second game, Invictus Gaming will take on the winners of Group B, Team Empire.
The team that wins their semifinal and the subsequent Upper Bracket final has the quickest and easiest route into the best-of-five grand final.
The other eight teams, plus the three losers in the Upper Bracket, face a tougher task to qualify for the grand final by coming through the Lower Bracket. Its draw has not taken place at the time of this writing; a tiebreaker match is still needed between Team Liquid and Team NP in Group B to decide who qualifies as the third and fourth seeds.
CS:GO StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 3 starts Tuesday
A prize pool of $300,000 has attracted 16 of the best CS:GO teams to travel to the Ukraine. Eight teams earned direct invites, while a further eight came through a series of qualifiers, three from Europe and China each and two from the US.
The teams involved are:
- Direct Invites – Astralis, FaZe Clan, Gambit Esports, Natus Vincere, Ninjas in Pyjamas, North, SK Gaming, and Virtus.pro
- Qualifiers – Europe (Fnatic, G2 Esports, HellRaisers), US (Immortals, Counter Logic Gaming), and China (MVP Project, 5Power Club, and TyLoo)
There will be an initial group stage before the teams qualify for the knockout section. The competition will run from Tuesday, April 4 through Sunday, April 9.
Currently, Bet365 has marked up the odds on which team will win the event outright, and there is a wide range:
- Astralis 9/4
- SK Gaming 5/1
- Virtus Pro 11/2
- FaZe Clan 7/1
- Natus Vincere 17/2
- North 9/1
- Fnatic 11/1
- Ninjas in Pyjamas 14/1
- G2 Esports 16/1
- Immortals 22/1
- Gambit and HellRaisers 28/1
- Counter Logic Gaming, MVP Project and TyLoo all 80/1 and
- 5Power 100/1 outsiders.
Punters can place bets right now on the outright winner, which team will reach the final, and the region of the winner.