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Month: June 2016

Dota 2: The International 2016 Qualified Teams.

We finally have the twelve teams that will be flying to Seattle to join OG, Liquid, Newbee and LGD Gaming, MVP Phoenix and Navi for the most anticipated Dota 2 tournament of the year, The International 2016.

While only eight teams out of those 12 received an invitation, four teams will be going to Seattle to fight it off for the last two spots for the tournament in the Wild-Card round.

The eight teams that will be joining the previously invited teams are the winners of the Main Qualifiers that took place June 25th to 29th for each region (America, China, Europe and Southeast Asia).

The International is the biggest tournament for Dota 2 and in previous occasions broke the record for the biggest Prize Pool Money in Esports history.

Image from: Dota2.com
Image from: Dota2.com
  • American Qualifiers:

The American Qualifiers was packed with action and team Evil Geniuses ended up graving the first qualifier spot after an almost flawless performance (only dropping one game to compLexity Gaming). The boys in blue made it to the Main Qualifiers after beating all their opponents in the Open Qualfiers. As we mentioned in a previous post, EG and Team Secret had to play on the Open Qualifiers due to a change in their roster after the roster lock deadline. The second qualifier spot for the American region went to Digital Chaos, leaving compLexity Gaming with the third place for that region and a chance to fight for the last spot in the Wild-Card round that will be played in Seattle among the teams that placed third in each region.

  • Chinese Qualifiers

China’s first qualifier spot went to Wings Gaming after beating EHOME on the 1st place tiebreaker. Vici Gaming Reborn took the second invite for their region after beating EHOME on the Playoffs. Vici will go to Seattle but will need to battle it on the Wild-Card round for an invite.

  • Europe Qualifiers:

Europe was expected to be the best qualifier region thanks to the strong competition displayed by the European teams.

Team Secret took the first invite, Secret climbed all the way from the Open Qualifiers and secured the first invite after beating Escape Gaming and Fantastic Five for the 1st Place Tiebreaker. Alliance took the second invite after three intense games against Escape Gaming, leaving with an invite for TI and Escape with a Wild-Card invitation. For those unfamiliar with Escape Gaming, it’s an European team formed by Adrian “Era” Kryezui, Max “qojqva” Broecke, Troels “syndereN” Nielsen, Yazied “YapzOr” Jaradat and Maurice “KheZu” Gutmann

  • Southeast Asian Qualifiers:

The Southeast Asian qualifier surprised many. TNC Gaming, a team that qualified after winning in the Open Qualifiers, ended up taking the first invite after beating region’s favorites Fnatic. The second spot went to Fnatic after beating Execration 3-1 on the Playoffs. Execration will need to play at the Wild-Card round for a chance to participate on this year’s International.

The Wild-Card round will be played in Seattle, and the top two teams will advance to the Main Event.

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The International 2016 will take place in Seatle, USA from August 3th to 13th and the prize pool is aiming to be as big as last year’s, already passing the $14M mark.

 

 

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CS:GO Gamma Case Price Updates

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It’s been 12 days since the Gamma Case came out and we are beginning to see how the skins are behaving in our marketplace. Of the 17 new skins featured in the case, four have a low suggested price that is higher than the suggested price of the case plus its key. That’s a little over a third of the gun skins in the case. The case itself isn’t cheap, with an suggested price of $4.06 and a low asking price of $3.35 – compare that to the $0.32 Chroma 3 case that came out a month before. Of course this is the price 12 days after it was released, so it will continue to drop.

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Since skins for this case have been slow to arrive to our marketplace, we have listed them with the lowest asking price overall, the lowest suggested price that we could find and the highest suggested price. Most of the skins have a StatTrak version available in our store and the ones that still don’t should be arriving any time in the near future. Without further ado then, here’s the chart:

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F-N: Factory New / M-W: Minimal Wear / F-T: Field Tested / W-W: Well Worn / B-S: Battle Scarred – Prices for this chart may vary with units sold in the marketplace.

Glock-18 | Wasteland Rebel StatTrak

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The most expensive skin from this case in our marketplace at the moment and probably one of the more grungy looking (which makes it all the more cooler), the Glock-18 | Wasteland Rebel StatTrak has only three units listed in our marketplace at the moment. There are more units from its normal version (eight to be specific) but since only two units have been sold we can’t really say how they will behave in the future.

M4A1-S | Mecha Industries StatTrak

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The second most expensive skins is the M4A1-S | Mecha Industries StatTrak, which is to be expected since the M4s are usually among the most, if not the most skins in several cases – certainly the most expensive gun skin in the Chroma 3 Case is an  M4A1-S.

StatTrak™ M4A4 | Desolate Space

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Special mention goes to the gun that is the headliner for this Case. Yet another M4 with an awesome paint job, it’s no wonder it was used as promotional material for the release of the Case. It is also expensive and quite rare in our marketplace, only three units are available at this time, but as with the rest of the skins in this case, we know that will change.

You might think that we are missing the knife skins that can be unboxed from this case and we haven’t. These knives are still very rare and very few have been featured in or marketplace for us to look at the behavior of their price. We are however, eager to write about the Gamma Dopplers (specially the Jades), the Lores, The Autotronics and the Black Laminates and we will, once we have more numbers listed in our market place, the largest of its kind in the world.

Prices and unit numbers were taken from the OPSkins marketplace on 6/25/2016.

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CS:GO Cologne 2016 Stickers: Available on OPSkins July 1st

It’s sticker time once again!. Valve announced that the Team Stickers and Autographed stickers for the 2nd CS:GO Major of 2016 are now available for purchase in-game until the end of the ESL Cologne Major this July.

As is the custom by now, 50% of the proceeds from both Team Stickers and Autographed stickers purchased in-game will go to the players and organizations.

The ESL Cologne 2016 Major will take place July 5th to July 10th in Cologne, Germany. The groups for the “Group Stage” are already decided and can be seen below.

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The stickers will be available on OPSkins once they become tradable on July 1st.

You can use the stickers as decoration and memorabilia, and during the time of the tournament you can also use them as “game pieces” to participate on the “Pick’Em Challenge” and the “CS:GO Fantasy Team Game”.

Image from: Counter-Strike.net
Image from: Counter-Strike.net

By winning points on both the Fantasy League and the Pick’Em Challenge you will receive a badge trophy that you can display next to your avatar in game. There are three trophies for each category including bronze, silver and gold.

Image from: Counter-Strike.net
Image from: Counter-Strike.net

The one organization that won’t have a Sticker Logo this major is the MLG Columbus 2016 Champions “Luminosity Gaming”. The Brazilian players recently reached an agreement with SK and will be playing under their colors starting July 1st. The Columbus champions had a long dispute regarding the contract to join the German Organization but finally sealed the deal on June 24th.

This will be the first tournament for the Brazilian squad under the SK organization, and it is highly likely that the Luminosity stickers from past tournaments will go up in price unless the organization picks a new team.

As we’ve discussed on a previous post, the CS:GO Tournament Stickers are great collectibles and memorabilia, but are also a good investment that might pay off on the long run. If we take the Katowice 2014 stickers as an example we can see that they were originally sold in-game for $5, the same stickers are worth over $60 on our site two years later.

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OPSkins Site Update: New Inventory Feature

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You saw that awesome skin for the right price in our marketplace and decide to buy it, but guess what, you just switched passwords on your Steam account and have a trade cool-down. What can you do? Well in the past you would’ve had to part ways with that skin, wait until your account was able to trade again, and pray that someone didn’t get to it before you did. Now, things are different on OPSkins.com.

Introducing the OPSkins Inventory, an easy to use and simple on-site inventory that allows users to buy items and deliver them to it, where they can either re-list the item or withdraw it to their Steam account at a later time. This means that you can buy the item and retrieve it at your convenience when you are able to trade again.

You can access it by going here or by clicking on your account icon on the top right side of the site and selecting it from the drop-down menu.

Lets take it for a spin:

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Add the item to your cart as you would normally do, and proceed to checkout.

On the checkout page, you will be given two options when retrieving the item: “Checkout and Deliver” and “Checkout & Store.” Both have a legend that states “Selecting “Checkout & Deliver” will send you a trade offer to deliver your item(s) to your Steam inventory. Selecting “Checkout & Store” will store your purchases in your OPSkins inventory, where you can re-list them or withdraw them at a later time.” You click on “Checkout & Store” to be directed to your inventory where you can see the skins that you recently purchased.

Simple enough.

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Ok cool, what now? Now that your item is in your inventory, you can choose to either refund it, resell it, leave it there, or withdraw it to your Steam account. Since we want it in our Steam account, we will click on the green button that reads “Add to Returns.”
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This will prompt it to change its color and you will get the option to withdraw that item (there is also an option to select all the items if you wish to do so). Click on the button that reads “Withdraw 1 Item.”
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Now you will receive a trade offer as you would from a regular purchase. We clicked on Steam.
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Then accepted the trade offer…
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And got the item delivered to our inventory.
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That’s all there is to it. Each user gets access to 50 slots in their inventory so they can store their items there. If the inventory is full, you will not be able to select “Checkout & Store”, you must select “Checkout and Deliver” and continue with the purchase as you would normally do. You buy the item and receive a trade offer from one of our bots on your Steam account. With the inventory however, your options have been expanded when purchasing or reselling items on the worlds largest marketplace of its kind if your Steam account is currently on a trade cool-down.
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Dota 2: The International 2016 Invited Teams

Valve announced on their Dota 2 Official blog the invited teams heading to The International 6, and surprised many by inviting only 6. As it has been done in the past, 16 teams will be participating on what is called the biggest tournament in Dota 2, and (as of last year’s TI5 and TI4) the biggest Prize Pool in eSports history. The International 2016 will take place August 3th – 13th at the Key Arena in Seattle, USA.

The prize pool for TI6 is still growing and it has passed the $12M mark, and it doesn’t seem like it will slow down any time soon. Thanks to the crowd founding taking place through the in-game economy (where 25% of all Battle Pass sales go directly to The International 2016 prize pool) the users will be able to keep on adding money to the Prize Pool. TI6 will display one of the biggest prize pools in Esports history with last year’s reaching $18.4M.

OG, Team Liquid, Newbee, LGD Gaming, MVP Phoenix and Natus Vincere are the directly invited teams for The International 2016, five out of those teams placed within the Top 6 at The Manila Major with Na’Vi placing 7th-8th.

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The International 2016 will bring 16 of the best teams in the world, six of them were already invited, leaving 10 slots open for teams to qualify. As is customary by now, there will be Regional Qualifiers for Americas, China, Europe and Southeast Asia. Valve directly invited teams to the Regional Qualifiers, but each regional qualifier has two spots open for the winners of the Open Qualifiers. The Open Qualifiers are open for any aspiring team that wishes to compete for a spot.

The top two teams of each region by the end of the qualifiers will be granted a spot for TI6 and the third place of each region will compete with the other region’s third for the last two invites on the Wild Card phase.

So for those who are still lost after all this, I’ll make it simple for you:

  • 6 Teams were directly invited.
  • Top two teams from each qualifier will get an invite.
  • The third places from each region will go into the wild card phase where the top two teams will advance to TI6.
  • That makes it a total of 16 participating teams.

The Regional Qualifiers will be played June 25th to June 28th and the Open Qualifiers will take place June 21 to June 24th.

The Teams participating for the Regional Qualifiers are as follows:

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As you can see from the list of invited teams for the Regional Qualifiers, you will notice Shanghai Major winners Team Secret and TI5 Winners Evil Geniuses were not invited, this was due to the recent roster changes that took place after the Manila Major. Due to these changes, the teams lost the opportunity to be considered for an invitation. Any team that changed players after the roster lock deadline for March 27th will need to play on the Open Qualifiers and that includes these two giants.

The Europe, China and SEA qualifiers look packed with competition, but the same can be said about the Open Qualifiers. Will Secret and EG make it to the Region Qualifiers? Leave your comments below.

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The New CS:GO Gamma Case on OPSkins (and tons of new skins coming soon)

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This update was released yesterday and boy, are we in for a treat. Not only does it bring 17 new skins for handguns, rifles, SMGs and shotguns to the market, but it also comes with six new skins for the Bayonet, Karambit, M9 Bayonet, Flip Knife and the Gut Knife. These are the Gamma Doppler, Freehand, Lore, Autotronic, Bright Water and Black Laminate and yes, one of them has the word Doppler in its name, which means that there’s the possibility of it having a randomized pattern on the blade.

The current price of the Gamma case in our marketplace is around $9.00 and we estimate that the skins will be available on OPSkins when they’re tradeable after June 24th.

As we have learned from previous posts, if this were to be true, then the price will not only be determined by the wear of the knife but also by the amount of a certain color on the blade and in this case those colors seems to be green and blue. There is also the possibility that the Freehand patterns will be randomized in a way similar to the Slaughter skins and this will affect the price of the item as well.

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New Gun Skins in the Gamma Case

The new gun skins in the Gamma Case are a result of the Polycount CS:GO Weapon Finish Contest which wrapped up the end of May this year. They are the Glock-18 Wasteland Rebel, M4A1-S Mecha Industries, M4A4 Desolate Space, SCAR-20 Bloodsport, P2000 Imperial Dragon, AWP Phobos, AUG Aristocrat, P90 Chopper, Sawed-Off Limelight, R8 Revolver Reboot, Five-SeveN Violent Daimyo, MAC-10 Carnivore, Nova Exo, P250 Iron Clad, PP-Bizon Harvester, Tec-9 Ice Cap and the SG 553 Aerial.

The community has been churning out really good looking skins, and it shows for this case.

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StatTrak M4A1-S Mecha Industries

New Knife Skins in the Gamma Case

But this case is all about the new knife skins. While they look amazing there are very few, if any, out there at the moment. This is no surprise since knives are known for their extremely low drop rate, so it might take a bit longer for them to end up on OPSkins. When they do we’ll be ready, be sure to check OPSkins throughout the next few weeks to get your hands on the new skins.

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OPSkins G2A Gift Cards are Back!

Back by popular demand- you can now purchase OPSkins gift cards from G2A Pay, and it is as simple as buying any other item from them. Now, if you’re thinking “Ooh, now I can buy a gift card and then trade it to someone for an item!”… DON’T. Still do the sale through OPSkins, otherwise there’s a risk of getting scammed. 

Enough with the introductions, this is what you do if you want a gift card:

How to buy an OPSkins Gift Card from G2A Pay

If you wish to buy an OPSkins gift card from G2A, you must first go to their website and type “opskins gift card” in the search tab:

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And just like that you will be presented with six options for $10, $50, $25, $250, $100 and $500. Note that the price is higher than the amount of funds that will be provided by the gift card, this is because of the fees that are included in the purchase. These fees are charged by G2A, not by OPSkins. We do not collect these fees, they charge these fees to the user.

After selecting the desired amount, you will be redirected to a window where you can inspect the item (in this case gift card), choose if you wish to check out with G2A Shield, or if you wish to use PayPal or another payment method:

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After selecting either G2A or PayPal as a method of payment, you will be forwarded to your basket where you can select the number of units you wish to acquire:

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So now you have chosen the number of units you wish to buy, what now? Well you accept G2A’s TOS and click on a blue button on the lower right side of the site that reads “Go to payment” and again, you will be sent to another window:

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Here you will be presented with the options to pay via G2A Pay, PayPal, Bitcoin, Boku-Pay, Skrill, Credit or Debit card and Paysafecard. You click on the option that best suits you; we chose G2A Pay:

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And after clicking on the button that reads “Continue to website” you will be directed to the page where the order is confirmed:

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Click on the blue button that reads Get CD Key for this to appear:

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G2A wants to make sure that you’re not some random bot, so they ask you to complete the captcha in order to get your code. After you have completed this process, you will be sent to this window:

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And TA-DA!!! There it is, the code that you can redeem on your OPSkins account.

How to Redeem your G2A Pay Gift Card on OPSkins

The next step is simple. Go back to your OPSkins account and copy the code on the filed that is labeled “Redeem Code”:

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Click on the button at the right hand side of the tab that says “Redeem” and there you go:

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You are ready to spend your funds on your account! Thank you for using OPSkins.

 

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Dota 2: OG is the First Team to Win Two Majors

Image from: @wykrhm
Image from: @wykrhm

The last major before The International has come to an end, and after a long week of battle team OG claimed their Second Major. The Fall major in November 2015 in Frankfurt was the first major that the European team won (it was also the first Major of the Dota Major Championships) and took home $1,110,000 in prize pool money (out of a $3 million pot), and they’ve done it again after claiming the Spring Major in Manila yesterday.

Team Liquid faced OG after fighting their way to the Final through the Lower Bracket, beating some of the team favorites such as Newbee and Fnatic. Team OG took the Reaver trophy after beating Team Liquid 3-1.

Newbee made it to the Upper Bracket Finals but lost to OG 2-1, and ended up in 3rd place (and taking $315,000 in prize pool money) after losing to a determined Team Liquid 2-1 on the Lower Bracket Finals. This result marks Team Liquid’s second consecutive appearance in a Major final after losing to Team Secret 3-1 in the Shanghai Major earlier this year. The Second place prize for this major was $405,000.

It’s important to note that Team Liquid and OG are the only two European teams that haven’t had any roster changes since the team’s creation in 2015 after The International 2015. Team Secret and EG (two of the favorite teams) had some interesting roster changes leading to this Major – Team Secret replaced two of their players (right after winning the Shanghai Major with this roster) and replaced them with Universe and Arteezy from EG, forcing the Boys In Blue (EG) to act quickly and find replacements.

EG and Team Secret ended up last during this Major, and Secret’s director rapidly took to twitter to announce that Universe will be going back to EG and BuLba (who joined  EG during March) will be going to Team Secret. EG made an official announcement welcoming Universe to the team and confirming the rumors of Zai replacing Aui_2000. According to the rules regarding roster changes, both Team Secret and Evil Geniuses will need to play the Open Qualifiers for The International 2016 due to the recent roster changes being done after the lock date.

The Manila Major was one of the best displays of tournament productions for Dota 2 to this day, and PGL (the company in charge of organizing this major) satisfied the fans that ended up disappointed after the disastrous event that was (production-wise) the Shanghai Major. PGL provided the spectators with player-reaction cameras, fight recaps and overall new ways to enjoy the matches such as multiple lane cameras and rune cameras.

With this result, the eyes of the Dota 2 community start pointing to The International, the main Dota 2 Tournament that will be held in Seattle this August. The Prize pool is still growing (already passing $11 million)  and the TI6 Open qualifiers will begin June 21st.

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CS:GO Pin Pricing and Trends on OPSkins

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They’re here and they’re just in time. In our previous post we stated that it would take about a week for the pins to be featured on our site and sure enough, here they are. CS:GO pins from the tournaments can now be purchased in our marketplace and even though not many have been sold yet, plenty have been sold for us to now write a post about the trends surrounding this new item.

There are currently nine out of the 11 available pins from the series being sold on our marketplace (the missing two are the Mirage Pin and Inferno Pin, which have had units go through OPSkins but are currently sold out).

So without further ado, here’s the chart:

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As we can see, the title of most expensive pin goes to the Guardian Elite Pin with a suggested price of $55.09, while the cheapest goes to the Militia Pin with a suggested price of $4.62. The item that has moved the most amount of units to date is the Tactics Pin with 10 units moved since it first appeared in our site and it is closely followed by the Nuke Pin with nine and the Train Pin and Guardian Pin with eight units.

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This is all an initial snapshot of the behavior for these pins in our marketplace. It’s not a bad start and considering the fact that each series of pins is in itself memorabilia from a tournament (these being the series one pins) like the stickers, it is safe to say that the price will keep going up.

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Dota 2: Manila Major Brackets

Image from: Dota 2 blog
Image from: Dota 2 blog

After two intense days of Dota 2, the Manila Major‘s Group Stages are over and we have the teams that will be playing on the upper and lower brackets at the Main Event which will take place from June 7-12 at the Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.

The Manila major is the third event taking part in the Valve’s Major Championship and is the last one before The International, the main attraction with the highest prize pool.

The Manila Major features a $3 million prize pool, with $1,110,000 going to the winning team.

The prize pool for The International is still growing thanks to the crowd founding (already passing the $10 million mark!) that is currently taking place through the in game economy. Valve implemented once more (as they’ve been doing for the past 3 years) “The Compendium”, a virtual book that allows the owners to participate on several quests, receive exclusive items but more importantly contribute to the Winner’s prize pool.  This virtual book costs $10 in-game in its “basic” presentation, and 25% of the $10 payment will be placed directly into the winner’s prize pool for TI6.

The group stage was a surprise to many. Some of the favorite teams ended up on the lower bracket and didn’t have the best performance during the group stages. This was the case for TI5’s winners Evil Geniuses, Shanghai Winners Team Secret and TI3 Winners Alliance.

The group stages worked on a double-elimination format, with matches played in a best-of-three (BO3). The 16 teams were split up into four groups and the top two teams in each group advanced to the upper bracket, while the bottom two will be playing BO1 games on the lower bracket.

Image from: Dota2 Blog
Image from: Dota2 Blog

The Upper bracket will be played as a Bo3 and the winner secures a Top 6 finish ($202,000) and the loser will drop down to the lower bracket Round 2 where they will be facing the winners of the Round 1 that will be played as a BO1.

With Newbee, OG, Na’Vi, Digital Chaos, Team Liquid, Fnatic, LGD Gaming and MVP Phoenix leading the groups, this is how the brackets look going into the Main Event:

Image from: @wykrhm
Image from: @wykrhm
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