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Virtus.pro wins big in Vegas at the DreamHack Masters Las Vegas.

 

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Image from: masters.dreamhack.com

Dreamhack in Las Vegas finished up yesterday with a prize pool of $450,000 (200,000 going to the 1st place winner).

On the way to the finals, Virtus.pro has the chance of battling mousesports and Astralis.

The Polish team was able to win 2-1 against Astralis, the team that is currently ranked as Number 1 in the world according to HLTV, and the same team that fought them at the ELEAGUE Major and prevented them from winning the Major Title.

The finals were played between Virtus.pro and SK Gaming, this time with the finalized SK Roster (they faced each other during the Major and SK had a standing in player).  João “felps” Vasconcellos was the latest addition to the Brazilian squad, replacing Lincoln “fnx” Lau.

The maps of the night were Cobblestone, Train and Mirage. The Brazilian team took the lead on the first map and closed it with a 16 to 8 score, leading to SK’s map of choice: Train. This time the roles reversed, and it was Virtus.pro that closed their lead 16:11 and pushed the series to a third map.

The last map of the night was Mirage, and it was the Polish team that claimed the game 16:13 taking home a total of $200,000.

 

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Astralis wins ELEAGUE Major 2017

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Image from: @astralisgg

After a long week of exciting games and multiple upsets, the ELEAGUE Major 2017 has come to an end.

16 teams battled it out to claim a “Legend” Status (granted to the top eight teams) and get invited to the next major, with only one claiming the ELEAGUE Major 2017 title.

Astralis takes home the tournament grand prize of $500,000. Second place, and $150,000, went to Virtus.pro.

More than one million unique viewers watched the ELEAGUE Major grand finals on Twitch, smashing the records for the most viewers on a single channel (the previous one was 890k viewers and it was also a CS:GO record).

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The first map of the series was Virtus.pro’s choice of Nuke, and the Polish team went on to win it 16-12. The second map of the best-of-three series was played on Overpass (Astralis’s choice). The Danish squad had a difficult start, but managed to deny the Overtime to Virtus.pro and closed the map 16-14.

The deciding map of the series was Train. After a rough first half, the score was 6-9. But Astralis managed to turn the game around and won 16-14 after being down 12-14.

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2016 in Review: Top 10 eSports Teams (based on earnings)

2016 was another record year for eSports. As prize pools for tournaments keep growing by the millions, so do the fortunes earned by the teams and organizations involved. This year saw new games break into the scene such as Overwatch. Valve again had the biggest prize pool in eSports history for the Dota 2 tournament “The International” – a whopping $20,770,460. Almost all of it, $19,170,460 to be exact, was added by the community through crowdfunding.

As expected with humongous prize pools, Dota 2 teams lead the charts for the Top 10 eSports by the end of 2016, based on their earnings. The list below shows the total prize pool money earned by the top 10 teams or organizations by the end of 2016.


  1. Counter Logic Gaming – $1,605,750 on 95 Tournaments

counter_logic_gaming_logo-svgMost of CLG’s money comes from Halo. After placing 1st in multiple tournaments, including the Halo World Championship of 2016, the team earned $1,107,000 from 6 Tournaments.

Their CS:GO team earned a total of $160,500 this year, a little more than what they won during 2015 ($126,989).

 

 

  1. Team EnVyUs – $1,812,573 in 81 Tournaments

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The American organization had an excellent year with the Call of Duty franchise, earning a total of $921,330 from 11 tournaments. This is even more impressive considering that by the end of 2015, the team only earned 1/36th of that amount – just $25,052 in prize money.

Their CS:GO team had a somewhat difficult year. By the end of 2015, EnVy was placing first in several tournaments and earned $512,511. But this year their all-French roster won $454,547. While the difference in earnings doesn’t seem too big, the reason they even brought home as much as they did is mainly due to the increase in prize pool money for CS:GO tournaments, not that they won more tournaments. The team only placed first three times, and their performance in the Majors was not ideal.

 

  1. MVP – $2,537,357 in 128 Tournaments

mvplogoThe organization known for being the “Korean Overlords”  on the Dota 2 scene (being the only Korean organization involved in this game), have different teams wearing their logo such as MVP-Phoenix and MVP HOT6 for Dota 2 (along with multiple LoL and HOTS teams).

Their Dota 2 squad contributed to most of the organization’s prize pool money earned in 2016. MVP Phoenix placed 5-6th in the Manila Major and The International 2016, earning more than $1.1 million combined between those two tournaments. Their two Dota 2 teams combined earned more than $1.7 million, and their Heroes of the Storm teams won more than $500,000. The rest of the money came from their wins in League of Legends and StarCraft II.

 

  1. SK Telecom T1 – $2,737,898 in 31 Tournaments

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SK Telecom is best known for their League of Legends squad. While StarCraft II has contributed to the organization’s prize pool earnings, it’s their LoL teams that bring the bread to the table.

Their League of Legends team won multiple tournaments, including the 2016 World Championship. In total, the LoL team won a total of $2,459,412.00 from nine Tournaments during 2016.

 

 

  1. Team OG – $2,915,144 in 14 Tournaments

600px-og_logoTeam OG is strictly a Dota 2 organization. The team won two Majors in 2016, along with several big Dota 2 tournaments.

The two Majors made up $2.1 million of their total earnings, and impressively the team has won three of the five Dota 2 majors that have ever been hosted: The Frankfurt Major in 2015, the Manila Major in 2016 and the Boston Major in 2016.

 

 

  1. Team Liquid – $2,997,661 in 298 Tournaments

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Team Liquid is a worldwide professional eSports organization, with rosters competing in games such as Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends, StarCraft II, and many other well-known gaming titles.

Their Dota 2 team contributed $1,796,096, placing 2nd in two Majors and 7th-8th in The International 6. Their CS:GO team had a good year with a total of $447,133 from 24 tournaments, more than triple their 2015 earnings when the team only won $146,906.

Their fighting games scene contributed $251,423 from 14 Tournaments.

 

  1. Fnatic – $3,089,721 in 60 Tournaments

shum9dx5The eSports organization has players and teams competing in almost every gaming title that has a professional scene.

2016 was a slow year for their Counter-Strike team compared to 2015 when the team won a total of $862,913. This year only saw a winning a total of $682,331.60.

Their Dota 2 squad overall had a good year (if we ignore their recent performance), winning a total of $1,954,094. Close to $1.5 million of that was from ending 4th at The International 2016.

Their LoL roster won $35,000, then $40,0000 from SMITE, and $233,000 from HOTS.

 

  1. Evil Geniuses – $3,503,996 in 65 Tournaments

600px-egBy the end of 2015, Evil Geniuses was the top organization, claiming The International 5, DAC 2015, and several other tournaments for a total of $8,952,675.

This year was slower for them than last year, but still impressive and lucrative – earning them the third place spot on this list. Their new Dota 2 Squad won a total of $3,293,813.

 

  1. Digital Chaos – $3,790,173 in 12 Tournaments

digitalchaos_logoDigital Chaos was formed near the end of 2015 and started slow, but 2016 turned into their lucky year.

The team placed second in The International 2016 and this earned them a total of 3,427,126 in prize pool money. The team placed 3rd-4th in The Boston Major 2016, and closed their year with 3rd-4th place in the China Top 2016.

 

 

  1. Wings Gaming – $9,589,559 in 16 Tournaments

600px-wingsHow can a team win it all, you might ask? The Chinese team was formed in 2014 after the end of The International 2014, but it wasn’t until 2016 that teams started to take them seriously.

They went on to win ESL One Manila 2016, followed by The Summit 5, and topped it off with a first place win at The International 2016.

Their Dota 2 team is one of the most feared teams on the scene, and their aggressive style of play and deep hero pool are topics of constant discussion by the Dota 2 fans and analysts.

Their win at The International 2016 granted them a total of $9,139,002 in prize pool money, and places their team as the #2 in lifetime history of eSports, with a total of $9,636,911 (Evil Geniuses that has earned a total of 15,352,198.29 since its inception).


There will be fewer Dota 2 majors during 2016, but with the constant growth of CS:GO and the new release of Overwatch, we’re excited to see which eSports teams and organizations win big in 2017.

Source: http://www.esportsearnings.com/history/2016/teams 

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Northern Arena 2016 Montreal LAN Finals, Sponsored by OPSkins Marketplace

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The CS:GO MONTREAL LAN FINALS will be held from November 10th to the 13th in Montreal, with eight teams competing for a prize pool of $100,000! OPSkins Marketplace is the Gold Sponsor for this event. The preliminary matches will be played at the Marriott Chateau Champlain and the final held at the Bell Centre,

These eight competing teams are:

  • Counter Logic Gaming
  • OpTic Gaming
  • NRG eSports
  • Team EnVyUs
  • G2 Esports
  • Team Liquid
  • Heroic
  • compLexity Gaming

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Out of the eight teams participating in the tournament, seven were directly invited and one, compLexity Gaming, claimed the final spot on the roster as the winners of the Call Of The North qualifier held in October.

This is the second Northern Arena event to be held in Canada this year, with the previous one taking place at the beginning of September. The event will also host the BEAT Invitational with a $100,000 prize pool, the Gears of War 4 Canadian Qualifier for MLG Columbus with a prize pool of $15,000, and a Clash Royale tournament with a prize pool of $8,000.

As a gold sponsor for the CS:GO MONTREAL LAN FINALS, we here at OPSkins continue to support the growth the Montreal eSports scene (we were also the main sponsor of ESWC 2015 in Montreal). If you’re attending the event, be sure to say hello to any OPSkins staff (we’ll be wearing logo shirts).

 

 

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Dota 2: Boston Major Qualifiers, and Dates of the Spring Major & The International 2017

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Image from: Dota2.com

The Dota 2 Boston Major’s qualifiers are finally over and we have the sixteen teams that will participate in the event. The Major will take place at the Wang Theater in Boston starting December 3rd.

Eight teams were directly invited and eight teams qualified through the Main Qualifiers, which were played online October 27th – 31st. (As has been done in the previous tournaments, some teams were directly invited due to their performance heading into the Major, while the rest of the teams competed in a Qualifier that was divided by regions). The winner of each regional qualifiers were:

  • Americas: Team NP and compLexity Gaming.
  • China: IG Vitality and LGD.Forever Young.
  • Europe: Ad Finem and Virtus.pro
  • Southeast Asia: Team Faceless and WarriorsGaming.Unity

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Also today Valve announced the dates for the Spring Major and The International 2017, the two Valve sponsored Dota 2 events that will take place in 2017.

For the Spring Major Qualifiers, Valve will be changing the Qualifying regions by splitting the Americas Qualifiers into two district regions (North America and South America) and the European Qualifiers (CIS Qualifier and a Europe Qualifier).

It is still unclear how many invites will be given for the Spring Major, and that will reflect directly in the number of qualifying spots available for this two new district regions.

The Spring Major Main Event will take place April 20 – 23 2017 and The International 2017 Main Event will once again be held in the first half of August.

 

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CS:GO: Dignitas wins the EPICENTER

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Dignitas was crowned the EPICENTER: Moscow champions after beating Virtus.Pro on a best of three final and claimed $250,000. The tournament featured a $500,000 prize pool that was divided between the eight participating teams, with the 7th-8th place taking $15,000.

The almost fully European tournament (except for SK gaming who was invited) showed eight of the best teams in the CS:GO competitive scene. Six teams were directly invited (Fnatic, G2 Esports, Na’Vi, NIP, SK and Virtus.pro) and two teams (Dignitas and HellRaisers) qualified through European and CIS closed qualifiers.

Dignitas had an amazing run before heading into the finals, after defeating Fnatic and Na’Vi. Virtus.pro on the other hand, was seeded directly to the Semifinals, and after beating SK Gaming 2-1 qualified to the finals.

The first map of the finals was Nuke (chosen by Dignitas) but it was Virtus.pro that started strong by going into the first half with a 11:4 lead. Dignitas had a good attempt for a comeback in the second half (playing Terrorist), bringing the score to a 14-11. But the Polish team was able to close it by taking two consecutive rounds 16:11.

The second map was Cobblestone, and it started the same way as last time but with Dignitas on the lead. 11:4 was the score (in favor of Dignitas) before heading into the second half. Dignitas closed the second map in a convincing manner after claiming five rounds of the second half, performing on CT 16:5.

The decider map was Mirage, and it was an extremely weak performance by the Polish team on T-side, dropping 13:2 before heading into the second half. Virtus.pro won the pistol round and the one that followed it, but the Danish team closed the score 16:5.

With second place, Virtus.pro won $100,000. Na’vi and SK (who ended 3rd-4th) each took $40,000.

This is the biggest prize pool Dignitas has claimed in their CS:GO history, will this mark a new beginning for the Danish team?

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DOTA 2: Boston Major Invites

The eight invites for the next Dota 2 Major in Boston have been revealed. This will be the first major Valve event with no direct invites to any CIS team. The CIS region used to be one of the strongest ones but NA, SEA and China are currently showing a better season and this granted them a total of seven invites.

The invites were revealed in the Dota 2 game client through the Boston Major Battle Pass platform. The teams invited are Evil Geniuses and Digital Chaos for North America, Execration and MVP Phoenix for SEA, Wings, EHOME and Newbee for China and OG for Europe.

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It was a controversial season for the invites, with only a handful of LAN tournaments since TI6. It was unclear which teams will be granted an invitation, and there is no clear pattern or explanation in regards to the criteria used for inviting them.

The Boston Major will take place at the Wang Theater in Boston from December 7 to December 11. The format used for this tournament will be of a Single Elimination bracket, all matches are played on a Best of Three format and the Grand Finals will be played on a Best of Five.

As usual with the Official Dota 2 Major, the prize pool for this tournament will be $3 million. The prize distribution hasn’t been announced yet, but in the past majors the winning team has claimed over $1 million.

The announcement also revealed the invited teams for the Regional Qualifiers with a total of 32 invited teams and eight available slots for the winners of the Open Qualifiers.

Each region consists of a two round robin groups of five teams. The top two teams from each group will advance to a double elimination bracket where the winner and runner up team from each region will qualify to the Boston Major.

The Regional Qualifiers will be played October 27 to October 30 and the invited teams for the regional qualifiers are:

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Na’Vi wins ESL One New York

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Na’vi takes the ESL ONE New York trophy after beating Virtus.pro in a final that ended up going into overtime. Virtus.pro takes home $50,000 for their second place win.

The first map of the finals was played on Cobblestone, a map chosen by the Polish team, and for a good reason. Virtus.pro started strong and secured a 6-0 lead on T-side and managed to continue leading after dropping only one round and before heading into the first half time 13-2.

The pistol round went to the CT side, and with it the Virtus.pro was two points away from claiming the first map. Na’Vi managed to secure the force buy on the second round before dropping the two remaining rounds for a 16-3 final result.

With Virtus.pro in the lead, the second map was played on Train. Natus Vincere started by winning pistol on the Terrorist side and extended their lead to a 10-1. The last four rounds were split in between the teams and the CIS team went to the first half with a 12-3 score.

The pistol round in the second half went to Na’Vi, but Virtus.pro was up for a fight and pushed the score to an 8:14, before dropping the remaining rounds and moved to the third and last map and losing 8-16.

The last map was Mirage, and it was most likely the most balanced one of the three that were played.

Na’vi quickly took the lead 4-1 as CT, but Virtus.pro tied the score 4-4. The following rounds were consecutive trades before going into the half time 7-8 in favor of Virtus.pro. The CIS took the pistol round and quickly extended their lead 14-8, but Virtus.pro was up for a show and tied the score around 14-14 before trading the two remaining rounds and pushing the game into overtime.

Virtus.pro took the lead in overtime 16-17 on the CT side, but quickly lost it once they changed sides and ended up losing the game 19-17.

With this title Na’Vi claimed $125,000. It’s important to mention that this is the first title the Na’Vi wins since the Counter Pit League Season 2 in March. The team recently changed their roster to include the Ukrainian star Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev by dropping Daniil “Zeus” Teslenko, and by the looks of their performance during ESL we can see that it was an excellent idea.


If you are wondering what’s next on the CS:GO professional scene we’ve got you covered:

The Second season of ELEAGUE will start 10-21-2016 and will run until 12-03-2016

Epicenter 2016 will be played in Moscow starting 10-17-2016 and the best teams will be competing for a share of the $500,000 prize pool.

The ESL Pro League Season 4 finals will be played in Brazil,  10-28-2016 but the teams are still competing for a spot to participate in this event. $750,000 will be spread out among the winning teams.

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DOTA 2: Wings Gaming Wins The International 2016 & Takes the Aegis to China

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Wings Gaming are The International 2016 champions after defeating Digital Chaos 3-1 during a Best of Five series.

Wings Gaming took their piece of the biggest prize pool in eSports, where the second place claimed close to $3.5 million and Wings $9.1 million. The second place is nothing short of impressive for Digital Chaos, a team that came together just days before the roster lock in March after Rasmus “MiSeRy” Filipsen and Aliwi “w33” Omar were dropped from their old team, Team Secret.

Sixteen teams competed to become the number one team in the world, and Wings did it while having the biggest and most diverse hero pool in the tournament. The Chinese team started on the upper bracket by defeating Digital Chaos 2-1, and went into the finals after defeating MVP Phoenix on the Upper Bracket Round 2 and TI5 winners Evil Geniuses on the Upper Bracket Finals.

Wings is a team that raised from the bottom and established their dominance in less than a year. Their team captain Zhang “y’Innocence” Yiping is one of the youngest  captains in the competitive scene, being only 18 years old.

Digital Chaos started on the Upper Bracket, but after losing to Wings dropped to the lower bracket facing elimination. On the lower bracket DC beat LGD Gaming, TNC Gaming (the team that eliminated Vici Reborn and tournament favorite OG), EHOME and Fnatic before advancing to the Grand Finals against the same team that beat them on the Upper Bracket Round 1.

This has been an excellent Dota 2 Tournament (if not the best to the date) and it’s exciting to think that the Meta is so diverse that it allows for any team to run their own strategies.

The International 6 was also the place for some big announcements coming from Valve. The winner of the Arcana Vote was Juggernaut (sad day for all the memers out there that voted for IO) and will become the 9th Arcana to be released.

Valve announced the release of Underlord during the All Star Game, and because of that the Dota 2 fanbase got to see some of his abilities in combat. Underlord will be released August 23 and it’s the last hero from the Dota mod to be ported into the game, raising the question as to when we can expect some new original heroes. Later on, Valve answered that question by revealing a new hero that will be released in the Fall 2016 patch, Sun Wukong the Monkey King will be the first hero to make an appearance in Dota 2 that was not ported from the mod.

The Monkey King will be released with the “New Journey Update” in Fall, and you can see the teaser below:

 

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The Dota 2 International Main event: Let the show begin!

We are less than 24 hours away from the main event, and The International 6 prize pool has reached the $20,000,000 mark. TWENTY MILLION DOLLARS. The Dota 2 tournament is the biggest eSports event in history in terms of prize money (the previous record for a prize pool this big was also for a Dota 2 event, during the 2015 International).

If the prize pool remains at the $20 million mark, the winner of the tournament will be taking home over $8.8 million and the runner up $3.3M. That leaves the 3rd place with more than $2 million, and 4th place with more than $1.4 million (for perspective – that’s about three times the amount that the CS:GO team SK Gaming got after winning the last Major in Cologne).

The Group bracket was played August 3-5, where the teams battled it out in two groups of eight for seeding into the Main Event brackets. The top four teams in each group advanced to the Upper Bracket of the Main Event and the bottom four teams in each group advanced to the Lower Bracket.

The Main Event of TI6 is set to start tomorrow Monday August 8th at the Key Arena in Seattle, Washington.

The first match of the Upper Bracket (and the inaugural one of the tournament), will be played between Manila Major champions OG and MVP Phoenix in a Best of Three format.

While all the teams will surely deliver exciting games, the eyes of many fans are focused on three of the Western favorites, who are facing elimination in the lower bracket: Na’Vi, Liquid and Secret. Team Secret will be facing LGD gaming for a chance to survive, and Liquid will be playing against Na’Vi.

The teams that made it to the upper bracket already secured a 9th-12th spot, and with that more than $300,000. Teams playing in the Lower Bracket for Day One will be playing in a Best of One format and facing elimination. The teams ending in the 13th-16th won’t suffer – their spot will end up with a prize pool of more than $100,000. That’s 30% more money that what the 3rd-4th teams won during the CS:GO major.

Below you can see the brackets going into the Main Event:

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