Dota 2 Tournament Preview for WESG 2017-2018

World Electronic Sports Games 2017-2018 (WESG) is an upcoming esports event scheduled to take place in Haikou City, China between March 13th and March 18th. The tournament includes several esports titles, each with its own competition. For Dota 2, the event brings together 32 teams and has a prize pool of one and a half million dollars. Each of these teams is made up of players from only one country, so for the most part, the participants are not your usual top Dota 2 teams.

Event format

WESG has three separate phases.

Group Stage Phase 1

For phase 1 of the Group Stage the teams are divided into eight groups of four. Every match during this phase will be Bo1. Each team plays three matches against its group adversaries and the best two teams out of each group qualifies for phase 2.

Group Stage Phase 2

For the phase 2 of the Group Stage, the remaining 16 teams are divided once more, except this time into four groups of four. Every match during this phase will be a Bo2 series. The best two teams from each group advance to the Playoffs.

Playoffs

This stage will be played in a single-elimination bracket format with every match being a Bo3 series. Unlike most Dota 2 tournaments, WESG 2017-2018 also has a 3rd place match before the Finals.

Prize pool distribution

World Electronic Sport Games has a substantial prize pool of 1.5 million dollars which will be divided among participating teams in the following way:

  • 1st place: $800.000
  • 2nd place: $300.000
  • 3rd place: $150.000
  • 4th place: $70.000
  • 5th-8th place: $25.000
  • 9th-16th place: $10.000
  • 17th-32nd place: $0

Strongest teams to bet on

The top contenders for this year’s WESG are AntiHype (Team Russia), Keen Gaming and EHOME. The 2nd and 3rd of these teams are strong Chinese teams while the first one is practically Virtus.pro with a stand-in (iLTW from Effect replaces No[o]ne in the mid lane). Virtus.pro is currently the number one team in the world in the Dota Pro Circuit rankings, so on paper AntiHype (or Team Russia) should win this event without too many problems.

In addition to these three teams, other fairly strong contenders that you should keep an eye on are the following:

  • Team Finland
  • SG e-sports
  • PaiN Gaming
  • Ultima Thule
  • Team Netherlands
  • Team Hellas
  • Team Romania
  • Team Sweden

 

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