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IEM Oakland: Everything You Need to Know

The Intel Extreme Masters in Oakland is quickly approaching, so it’s only right that we give you a rundown of everything you need to know leading up to the event. You can expect non-stop action from not only the world’s best in CS:GO, but also PUBG! For the first time ever, PUBG will be joining the IEM lineup as it continues to make a case for it’s place in eSports. Without further adieu, let’s get into all of the exciting details of the event.

COUNTER-STRIKE: GLOBAL OFFENSIVE

It’s time to gather the best players in the world yet again to prove who is #1, and who deserves the 1st place prize of $300,000. With the likes of FaZe, SK, Gambit, recent IBP Master winners Cloud9 and many more, we’re in for a weekend of epic matches to say the least. Below you will find your favorite teams in their assigned groups, as well as the full CS:GO event schedule:

GROUP A

  • Astralis
  • EnVyUs
  • SK Gaming
  • NiP
  • The MongolZ
  • Cloud9

GROUP B

  • FaZe
  • OpTic
  • Team Liquid
  • Renegades
  • Gambit
  • G2

PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS

After last month’s highly-anticipated announcement, PUBG will finally be making it’s stadium debut at IEM Oakland. This weekend, 20 teams from North America and Europe will be pitted against each other for the 1st place prize of $200,000, and of course, a chicken dinner. Below you will find all teams participating in the tournament and when Squad matches will be going down:

INVITED TEAMS

  • TSM
  • Team Liquid
  • Noble
  • Luminosity
  • Cloud9
  • FaZe
  • NIP
  • Alliance
  • Penta
  • Evil Geniuses
  • Tempo Storm
  • Method

QUALIFIED TEAMS

  • Crimson Esports
  • Wind and Rain
  • Digital Chaos
  • Ghost Gaming
  • Miami Flamingos
  • Corn Shuckers
  • Ronin Esports
  • AAA Gaming

You can enjoy IEM Oakland live on Twitch at: https://www.twitch.tv/team/esl

 

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ESL One NY: A Clean Sweep Grants FaZe the Title

The ESL One New York Counter-Strike tournament ended this Sunday, and FaZe won following a 3-0 clean sweep against Team Liquid.

Source: HLTV

On their way to the finals, FaZe went 2-0 during the group stages and 2-0 during the semifinals against Cloud9.

This is the first time FaZe competed with their newest roster after acquiring Fnatic’s olofmeister and NaVi’s GuardiaN in August. The eight-team tournament featured Astralis, Liquid, Na’Vi, SK Gaming, Virtus.pro, EnVyUs and Cloud9 and served as a great platform for the teams to display their performance along with their new rosters.

In an interview done to HLTV FaZe’s Nikola “Niko” Kovač compared the team to the old Fnatic, in the sense that they have a group of versatile players who know what to do in order to win every round.

The tournament featured a $250,000 prize pool, and with their win FaZe took $125,000.

The final standings and full prize pool break down for the event where as follows

ESL One New York final standings:

1. Europe FaZe – $125,000
2. United States Liquid – $50,000
3-4. Brazil SK – $25,000
3-4. United States Cloud9 – $25,000
5-6. Ukraine Natus Vincere – $8,500
5-6. Denmark Astralis – $8,500
7-8. Poland Virtus.pro – $4,000
7-8. France EnVyUs – $4,000

Now that the dust has settled, what did you think of the event?

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ESL One: New York 2017 CS:GO Tournament

 

ESL One: New York kicks off at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in New York City from September 15 – 17th. The CS:GO tournament is part of the Intel Gran Grand Slam Season 1 and features a $250,000 prize pool.

The Intel Grand Slam will give $1,000,000 to the first team that wins four out of 10 premier events of either ESL or DreamHack. This prize is given directly to the players, and there is a spoils bonus for any team that defeats another team with three out of four victories.

Eight teams will be playing for the chance to take home the largest share of the prize pool.  The tournament features some of the best talent from the Americas with teams such as Cloud9, and European team Virtus.pro who won the DreamHack Masters in Las Vegas 2017 back in February. You can watch the tournament on ESL’s Twitch.

The teams are divided in two groups, and using a double elimination format, the teams will make their way to the playoffs. Teams are:

Group A:

  • SK Gaming
  • Cloud 9
  • Natus Vincere
  • Team EnVyUs

Group B:

  • FaZe Clan
  • Astralis
  • Team Liquid
  • Virtus.Pro

Who do you think will prove victorious?

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

 

Image from: masters.dreamhack.com
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

Image from: Dota2.com
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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Image from: @epicentergg

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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